30 May

Ascott's Citadines On Bourke Melbourne Wins Best Suite/Apartment Style Hotel At The 2011 AHA (Vic) State Awards For Excellence

Singapore, 30 May 2011 - The Ascott Limited (Ascott)’s first Citadines Apart’hotel in Australia, Citadines on Bourke Melbourne, was awarded the ‘Best Suite/Apartment Style Hotel’ at the recent 2011 Australian Hotels Association (AHA) State Awards for Excellence (Victorian Accommodation Division). The AHA’s Awards for Excellence are the industry’s highest honour with only outstanding hotels being recognised for their premier standards.

According to Mr Dean Minett, Ascott’s Country General Manager for Australia, this award recognises the unmatched offering that Citadines on Bourke Melbourne brings to the city.

“At Citadines on Bourke Melbourne, we offer guests the privacy and flexibility of a serviced apartment with the convenience and amenities of a hotel. Our committed and passionate team of staff work very hard to ensure our guests not only have a unique Melbourne adventure, but also enjoy that personalised home-away-from-home experience by Ascott. ”

“Having only opened in July of last year, Citadines on Bourke Melbourne has created a buzz for not only its smart design and central city location, but for the unique flexible floor plans and services that enable guests to create their own stay experience. Every apartment has separate areas for sleeping, dining and contains a multi-functional living area that can hold a meeting, cocktail party or fit in a yoga mat with equal ease.”

“Winning the AHA award for excellence in the first year of our operations confirms that Citadines on Bourke Melbourne is a progressive accommodation offering, providing our guests with everything Melbourne has to offer right on the doorstep,” said Mr Minett.

Located in the heart of the Central Business District at 131-135 Bourke Street, Citadines on Bourke Melbourne is well served by public transport and is within walking distance to restaurants, cafés, cinemas, high-end shopping as well as parks and gardens. The property is also at the midpoint of Melbourne’s renowned theatre district and close to major office towers.

Designed by one of the world’s leading design studios, Woods Bagot, Citadines on Bourke Melbourne reflects the vibrancy of Melbourne. Inspired by the city’s distinctive laneways of boutique cafés, shops and galleries, the lobby of the serviced residence is designed as a laneway connecting two renowned shopping strips. The property also showcases the works of Melbourne artists, providing a local contemporary edge to the serviced residence.

Citadines on Bourke Melbourne offers choices of studio, one- and two-bedroom executive and deluxe apartments. All apartments boast floor-to-ceiling windows, with the units on the higher floors offering panoramic views of the city. In addition, travellers can choose to enjoy a range of facilities in the serviced residence including a swimming pool, sauna, gymnasium, launderette and services such as dry cleaning and room service.

To experience Citadines on Bourke Melbourne’s award-winning brand of hospitality, visit www.citadines.com.au, call 1800 183 251 (AUS toll-free) for reservations or email enquiry.australia@citadines.com.

About The Ascott Limited

The Ascott Limited is the world’s largest international serviced residence owner-operator with about 22,000 operating serviced residence units in key cities of Asia Pacific, Europe and the Gulf region, as well as over 6,000 units which are under development, making a total of more than 27,000 units.

The company operates three brands – Ascott, Citadines and Somerset. Its portfolio spans over 70 cities across 20 countries, 14 of which are new cities in Ascott’s portfolio where its serviced residences are being developed.

Ascott, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CapitaLand Limited, is headquartered in Singapore. It pioneered Asia Pacific’s first international-class serviced residence in 1984. In 2006, it established the world’s first Pan-Asian serviced residence real estate investment trust, Ascott Residence Trust. Today, the company boasts a 27-year industry track record and serviced residence brands that enjoy recognition worldwide.

Recent awards include DestinAsian Readers’ Choice Awards 2011 ‘Best Serviced Residence in Asia Pacific’, TTG China Travel Awards 2011 ‘Best Serviced Residence Operator in China', Business Traveller UK Awards 2010 ‘Best Serviced Apartment Company’, Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards 2010 ‘Best Serviced Residence Brand’ and ‘Best Serviced Residence in Asia-Pacific’ and TTG Travel Awards 2010 ‘Best Serviced Residence Operator’.

About CapitaLand Group

CapitaLand is one of Asia’s largest real estate companies. Headquartered and listed in Singapore, the multi-local company’s core businesses in real estate, hospitality and real estate financial services are focused in growth cities in Asia Pacific and Europe.

The company’s real estate and hospitality portfolio, which includes homes, offices, shopping malls, serviced residences and mixed developments, spans more than 110 cities in over 20 countries. CapitaLand also leverages on its significant asset base, real estate domain knowledge, financial skills and extensive market network to develop real estate financial products and services in Singapore and the region.

The listed entities of the CapitaLand Group include Australand, CapitaMalls Asia, CapitaMall Trust, CapitaCommercial Trust, Ascott Residence Trust, CapitaRetail China Trust, CapitaMalls Malaysia Trust and Quill Capita Trust.


Joan Tan, Assistant Vice President, Corporate Communications

Tel: (65) 6500 3401   

HP: (65) 9743 9503   

Email: joan.tan@the-ascott.com


Ngeow Shang Lin, Executive, Corporate Communications

Tel: (65) 6500 3403   

HP: (65) 9877 6305   

Email: ngeow.shanglin@the-ascott.com