13 Mar
2008

Ascott Opens Somerset Gordon Heights In The Heart Of Melbourne's Business District

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ASCOTT OPENS SOMERSET GORDON HEIGHTS IN THE HEART OF MELBOURNE’S BUSINESS DISTRICT

Residents enjoy ‘two properties for the price of one’, with access to facilities at nearby Somerset Gordon Place 

Singapore, 13 March 2008 – The Ascott Group (Ascott) has officially opened Somerset Gordon Heights in Melbourne’s Central Business District, with a mélange of restaurants, cafes, boutique shops, and theatres easily accessible from the serviced residence.

Residents at Somerset Gordon Heights stand to enjoy ‘two properties for the price of one’ with full access to the recreational facilities at Somerset Gordon Place, located just across the street. These include a fully-equipped gymnasium, an outdoor heated swimming pool, a jacuzzi and sauna. 

Mr Gerald Lee, Ascott’s Deputy CEO (Operations), said: “Ascott now has six operating serviced residences in Australia, with a new Citadines due to open in Melbourne in 2010. All these properties enjoy prime locations and offer various recreational facilities and business support services to cater to our residents’ lifestyles.  Travellers and their families, on business or leisure, will find an ideal home at our serviced residences.”

Mr Lee added: “Somerset Gordon Heights is less than a five-minute walk from the Parliament train station. It is also within walking distance to many shopping, entertainment and cultural attractions like the Bourke Street Mall, Princess Theatre and Her Majesty’s Theatre, State Houses of Parliament, Melbourne Museum and Melbourne Fine Art Gallery. Besides convenience, residents also enjoy more space within each apartment unit, the comfort of home and our distinctive personalised service.”

Somerset Gordon Heights offers 43 apartment units, ranging from studio, one and two-bedroom units to two-bedroom penthouses. Each unit is fully furnished with modern décor, ensuite bathroom, broadband internet access and home entertainment system.  The one and two-bedroom units come with a fully-equipped kitchen. Each apartment is designed to provide ample space for comfortable dining, entertaining and living.

The property also offers a range of services including daily housekeeping, self-service launderette and 24-hour security.  Additional chargeable services such as daily buffet breakfast, babysitting, grocery shopping, meal delivery, laundry and dry cleaning as well as airport transfer are also available. 

In addition to Somerset Gordon Heights, Somerset Gordon Place and Somerset on Elizabeth in Melbourne, travellers can also choose from Ascott’s two serviced residences in Hobart (Somerset on the Pier and Somerset on Salamanca) and Somerset Darling Harbour in Sydney.

For more information and reservations on Somerset Gordon Heights, please call (61-3) 9267 5400, email Ascott at enquiry.melbourne@the-ascott.com or visit Ascott’s website at https://www.somerset.com/australia/melbourne/somerset_gordon_heights.html.

About The Ascott Group

The Ascott Group is the world's largest international serviced residence owner-operator with about 15,000 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 close to 21,000 units.

The Group operates three brands – Ascott, Somerset and Citadines. Its portfolio spans 55 cities in 23 countries, 13 of which are new cities in Ascott's portfolio where its serviced residences are being developed.

The Ascott Group is headquartered in Singapore.  It pioneered Asia Pacific's first branded luxury serviced residence in 1984.  It also established the world’s first pan-Asian serviced residence real estate investment trust, Ascott Residence Trust in 2006.  Today, the Group boasts a 24-year industry track record and serviced residence brands that enjoy recognition worldwide.

The Ascott Group's achievements have been recognised internationally.  Recent awards include DestinAsian Readers' Choice Awards 2008 'Best Serviced Apartment/Residence Operator', World Travel Awards 2007 'Australasia's Leading Hotel' and 'New Zealand's Leading Hotel', Business Traveller UK Awards 2007 'Best Serviced Residence Company', Business Traveller Asia Pacific Awards 2007 'Best Serviced Residence Brand' and 'Best Serviced Residence', and Forbes China 2008 ‘China’s Best Serviced Apartments’. For a full list of awards, please visit https://www.theascottgroup.com/aboutus/awards

Listed on the mainboard of the Singapore Exchange, The Ascott Group is the serviced residence arm of CapitaLand Limited, the largest real estate company in Southeast Asia.  Headquartered in Singapore, the multinational company's core businesses in real estate, hospitality and real estate financial services are focused in gateway cities in Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East.  The company's real estate and hospitality portfolio spans more than 100 cities in over 20 countries.

For more information on The Ascott Group’s property listings, visit
https://www.theascottgroup.com/aboutus/group_directory.html.

Celina Low, Vice-President, Corporate Communications

Tel: (65) 6500 3399 

Hp: (65) 96825458 

Email: celina.low@the-ascott.com

Foo Siew Shyan, Assistant Manager, Corporate Communications

Tel: (65) 6500 3404 

Hp:  (65) 93627652 

Email: foo.siewshyan@the-ascott.com