Ascott launches Citadines Connect sub-brand for business travel hotels

George Sell By George Sell
27 March 2019 | Updated 27 March 2019

Singapore: Ascott has launched the Citadines Connect brand of business hotels to expand its short-stay offering.

A sub-brand of the Citadines aparthotel brand, Citadines Connect properties are business hotels with limited services catering to "highly mobile, constantly connected travellers".

Citadines Connect business hotels will have tech-enabled features such as mobile keys, self check-in kiosks, smart washing machines or laundromats, content streaming-enabled televisions, and Google cloud printers. There will be 'Grab & Go' counters offering food and beverage options and daily necessities, common pantry areas, meeting pods, 24/7 gymnasiums as well as 'Refresh and Recharge' spaces that come with private napping pods with USB charging points, lockers and shower rooms. The hotels offer mostly studio rooms ranging from 18 to 21 square metres.

Alfred Ong, Ascott's head for global operations, said: "Citadines is Ascott's fastest growing brand. It has a strong reputation amongst travellers who enjoy the flexibility to choose the services according to their lifestyles. Riding on the worldwide popularity of the Citadines brand which focuses on the extended-stay market, we are introducing the Citadines Connect sub-brand to capture the short-stay segment. The Citadines Connect brand, which offers contemporary and tech-enabled hotel accommodation in well-connected locations, cater to highly mobile business travellers who appreciate convenience, fuss-free services, online connectivity and recreational experiences."

"We see strong potential for the short-stay segment and hotel rates are rising given the rapid growth in global mobility, bleisure travel and a flourishing gig economy. More and more skilled professionals are taking on short-term, freelancing and ad-hoc work assignments which require them to travel frequently. We will leverage Ascott's international network and strong management capabilities to bring the Citadines Connect brand to key gateway cities such as Hong Kong, Paris, Seoul and Tokyo as well as popular destinations in Southeast Asia where there is high demand for quality, short-term accommodation."

He added: "By extending our range of product offerings with Citadines Connect, we can scale up our lodging business at a faster rate and further sharpen our expertise in managing hotel assets. Our business partners and guests alike can choose from a wide variety of lodging products that can best cater to their business models, travel patterns, and accommodation needs."

The two properties to debut under the Citadines Connect brand are The 150-unit Citadines Connect Sydney Airport and the 125-key Citadines Connect Fifth Avenue New York. Ascott is also looking to rebrand properties including the Temple Bar Hotel Dublin in Ireland and The Domain Hotel Sunnyvale in Silicon Valley, California to Citadines Connect.

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