A look at the hot new ser­viced apart­ments around the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion

Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific) - - CONTENTS - WORDS DELIA YIN AND JAS­MINE JI

Choos­ing a ser­viced apart­ment is not easy; here are our top picks from around the re­gion

The Asia-Pa­cific ho­tel mar­ket con­tin­ues to surge for­ward with new open­ings seem­ingly ev­ery week. Ser­viced apart­ments of­fer­ing more res­i­den­tial-style ac­com­mo­da­tion for long-stay trav­ellers have sim­i­larly en­joyed a boom of their own. With such a plethora of long-stay ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions now open to busi­ness trav­ellers, de­ter­min­ing the great from the medi­ocre can be a dif­fi­cult task. Here are 11 brand-new ser­viced res­i­dences across the re­gion that add to an al­ready heady mix.

SHAMA HONGQIAO SHANG­HAI

Shama Hongqiao Shang­hai in the city’s Hongqiao cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict is just a few min­utes’ drive from Hongqiao In­ter­na­tional Air­port, the Shang­hai Na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion and Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, and Shang­hai Hongqiao Rail­way Sta­tion. This con­ve­niently lo­cated prop­erty has 132 apart­ments, from stu­dios to two-bed­room suites. All res­i­dences are lent a more spa­cious feel with high ceil­ings, and some come with a pri­vate bal­cony.

Ev­ery unit has a fully equipped kitch­enette, a “Shama Slum­ber” bed with an ex­tra-soft feather top­per, a good de­gree of stor­age space, an all-in-one wash­erdryer, an LED TV, wifi and of­fice fur­ni­ture.

Shama also of­fers a lifestyle pro­gramme called “No Bound­aries”, which pro­vides rec­om­men­da­tions on din­ing, shop­ping, so­cial, en­ter­tain­ment, leisure, spa and vol­un­teer­ing op­tions around the city, so guests can fa­mil­iarise them­selves with their new city as soon as pos­si­ble and live more like a lo­cal. cn.shama.com/hongqiao-shang­hai

THE MID­DLE HOUSE RES­I­DENCES

Swire Ho­tels’ The Mid­dle House Res­i­dences of­fers 102 ser­viced apart­ments. Lo­cated on West Nan­jing Road near Dazhongli, one of Shang­hai’s his­toric neigh­bour­hoods, the prop­erty is just a short dis­tance from Shang­hai Metro lines 2, 12 and 13.

The apart­ments range from 55 to 110 sqm and have modern Chi­nese fur­ni­ture. Ris­ing above the lobby is a spi­ral stair­case con­nect­ing to the Mi Xun Spa and the prop­erty’s two Chi­nese restau­rants, Sui Tang Li and Sui Tang Shang. Of course, no House prop­erty would be com­plete with­out an it­er­a­tion of Swire Ho­tels’ Café Gray Deluxe, de­vel­oped in col­lab­o­ra­tion with New York-based chef Gray Kunz. Guests at The Mid­dle House Res­i­dences can find the restau­rant on the third floor, where break­fast, lunch, din­ner and cock­tails on the ter­race are all served. themid­dle­house­ho­tel.com

MAR­RIOTT EX­EC­U­TIVE APART­MENTS HANGZHOU

Hangzhou has fast be­come one of the ma­jor hubs for tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tion in China, and with a lo­ca­tion in the heart of Hangzhou Fu­ture Sci-Tech City, the newly opened Mar­riott Ex­ec­u­tive Apart­ments Hangzhou im­merses vis­i­tors in the city’s boom­ing tech scene. The Alibaba Group’s head­quar­ters and the Heng­sheng Science and Tech­nol­ogy Park are not far away.

Com­bin­ing light wood colours with white mar­ble and am­ple nat­u­ral light, the prop­erty feels spa­cious and airy. The 142 deluxe apart­ments range from stu­dios to three-bed­room suites be­tween 40 and 132 sqm, each with fully equipped kitchens. Cook­ing is made even eas­ier with the prop­erty’s gro­cery shop­ping and pick-up ser­vice, along with more tra­di­tional room ser­vice. Meet­ing rooms, a mini the­atre, 24-hour gym, in­door swim­ming pool, sauna and on-site park­ing fur­ther add to the con­ve­nience. mar­riott.com

ASCOTT RAF­FLES CITY HANGZHOU

Ascott made its Hangzhou de­but late last year with a 180-unit ser­viced res­i­dence that forms part of its wider Raf­fles City Hangzhou com­plex. Si­t­u­ated in the heart of the city’s Qian­jiang New Town CBD, Ascott Raf­fles City Hangzhou draws in­spi­ra­tion for its de­sign from the Qiantang River with the lay­ered curves of the build­ing sim­u­lat­ing wa­ter rip­ples.

The Ascott Raf­fles City Hangzhou of­fers apart­ments rang­ing from stu­dios to three-bed­room suites, each with a liv­ing room, din­ing area, fully equipped kitchen and high-qual­ity au­dio­vi­sual sys­tems. For trav­ellers with young chil­dren, the prop­erty has themed rooms fea­tur­ing pop­u­lar char­ac­ters such as Peppa Pig. Other fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a break­fast lounge, gym, swim­ming pool and chil­dren’s play­room. as­cottchina.com

K11 ARTUS IN HONG KONG

The 14-storey, 287-unit K11 ARTUS is sched­uled to open in sum­mer 2019. Its lo­ca­tion on Vic­to­ria Dock­side, the new cre­ative art and de­sign land­mark on the Tsim Sha Tsui water­front, will give panoramic views of Vic­to­ria Har­bour and the Hong Kong Is­land sky­line.

The in­te­rior de­sign is from de­sign team AFSO led by Hong Kong’s An­dré Fu. Me­dieval el­e­ments are in­te­grated into a se­ries of fur­ni­ture spe­cially cre­ated for the project, giv­ing guests the feel­ing of a grace­ful con­tem­po­rary house far away from the hus­tle and bus­tle where they can find con­tem­pla­tion. artus.com.hk

WINSLAND SER­VICED SUITES BY LANSON PLACE IN SIN­GA­PORE

Opened in March 2018, Winsland Ser­viced Suites by Lanson Place in Sin­ga­pore is close to Som­er­set MRT sta­tion and Or­chard Road, with its ar­ray of shop­ping, din­ing and leisure op­tions. The prop­erty has 109 rooms and suites dec­o­rated in sooth­ing nat­u­ral tones, with sizes rang­ing from 21 to 128 sqm. Each has a full kitchen and free wifi ac­cess, while some suites have a pri­vate pa­tio.

Other fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a 24-hour gym, laun­drette, and a spe­cially de­signed Cook­[email protected] com­mu­nal kitchen where guests can cook and eat meals with fam­ily and friends. There is also a tree-filled court­yard where guests can re­lax. The rooftop has a swim­ming pool, Jacuzzi and pri­vate bar and BBQ pit, which can be used for pri­vate par­ties. winsland.lan­son­place.com

THE SEBEL WEST PERTH AIRE APART­MENTS

This joint ven­ture be­tween the Sin­ga­pore-based real-es­tate and as­set man­ager ZACD Group and Ac­corho­tels opened in July 2018. Oc­cu­py­ing the first four lev­els of the 22-storey Aire Apart­ments in West Perth, it has 64 one-bed­room suites. Po­si­tioned near the cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict of West Perth, it also has easy ac­cess to nearby tourist at­trac­tions like Perth Sta­dium and Kings Park, and it’s only 15 min­utes’ drive from Perth Air­port.

De­spite its smaller scale, the res­i­dence is as fully equipped as a re­sort. Ma­jor ameni­ties in­clude a 24-hour gym, heated pool, fit­ness cen­tre, sauna and out­door BBQ pit. Free wifi, meet­ing rooms and car park­ing are also avail­able. ac­corho­tels.com

MERI­TON SUITES SYD­NEY

Open­ing in Jan­u­ary 2019, the Meri­ton Suites Carter Street is si­t­u­ated near some of Syd­ney’s most pop­u­lar sport­ing land­marks, be­ing only a short dis­tance from the ANZS­ta­dium; Qu­dos Bank Arena; the Olympic Park Con­ven­tion Cen­tre and show­grounds; swim­ming, ten­nis and hockey cen­tre and Syd­ney Olympic Park train sta­tion.

The prop­erty has large open-plan style suites, many of­fer­ing the best views of Olympic Park and out to the Syd­ney Sky­line. All suites also fea­ture a ful­ly­lo­cated equipped kitchen, in­ter­nal laun­dry, spa­cious bed­rooms and liv­ing ar­eas as well as Kevin Mur­phy bath­room ameneties.

The prop­erty has 153, one-, two-, three- and four-bed­room suites. The fourbed­room suites span two f loors and have ac­cess to large pri­vate rooftop ter­races. All suites be­sides the one-bed­room have two bath­rooms.

FRASER PLACE TIAN­JIN BINHAI

This is Frasers Hos­pi­tal­ity’s sec­ond prop­erty in Tian­jin af­ter Fraser Place Tian­jin, which opened in 2016. It is in the res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment of Bea­con Hill in the Tian­jin Eco­nomic-Tech­no­log­i­cal De­vel­op­ment Area (TEDA), close to TEDA MSD shop­ping cen­tre, and has di­rect ac­cess to Tian­jin’s fi­nan­cial dis­trict.

The prop­erty has 224 ser­viced apart­ments, from stu­dios to two-bed­room apart­ments. Fa­cil­i­ties in­clude free high­speed wifi, 24/7 room ser­vice, an all-day din­ing restau­rant, a lobby bar, a swim­ming pool and a gym. For busi­ness trav­ellers, meet­ing fa­cil­i­ties and func­tion rooms are “read­ily avail­able in many con­fig­u­ra­tions”. The prop­erty also of­fers a free shut­tle for all guests to al­low them to have easy ac­cess to the prop­erty. tian­jin-binhai.fraser­shos­pi­tal­ity.com/en

NOVO­TEL AM­BAS­SADOR SEOUL DONGDAEMUN HO­TELS & RES­I­DENCES IN SEOUL

Si­t­u­ated next to Dongdaemun De­sign Plaza and Dongdaemun Mar­ket, Novo­tel Am­bas­sador Seoul Dongdaemun Ho­tels & Res­i­dences Ho­tel opened in July 2018. There are 331 gue­strooms and 192 res­i­dences, split be­tween stu­dios and onebed­room suites, with a mo­bile concierge ser­vice plat­form and free smart­phones for guests to use dur­ing their stay. Guests

can down­load the app iS­tay on their own de­vices and scan a QR code in their room to take con­trol of the fa­cil­i­ties re­motely and re­quest ser­vices. There is also an elec­tric car recharg­ing sta­tion.

Guests get high-speed wifi ac­cess, a 55-inch TV and one-touch tem­per­a­ture con­trol. Restau­rants and bars in the ho­tel in­clude the All Day Din­ing Restau­rant and So­cial 21 Roof Top Bar. Other ameni­ties in­clude an in­door swim­ming pool, fit­ness cen­tre, Chil­dren’s Club and meet­ing rooms. ac­corho­tels.com

OAK­WOOD PREMIER PH­NOM PENH AND OAK­WOOD HO­TEL & RES­I­DENCE PH­NOM PENH

Oak­wood is open­ing two prop­er­ties in Ph­nom Penh in mid-2019. Oak­wood Premier Ph­nom Penh and Oak­wood Ho­tel & Res­i­dence Ph­nom Penh will have 220 units and 168 units, re­spec­tively. Rooms in­clude stu­dio, one-bed­room, twobed­room and three-bed­room apart­ments, as well as pen­t­houses. Both prop­er­ties are si­t­u­ated in One Park, a mixed-use de­vel­op­ment com­pris­ing of­fice and re­tail space, med­i­cal cen­ter, in­ter­na­tional school and res­i­den­tial tow­ers. Both properites have their own lounges for res­i­dents.

WATER­FRONT EAST

Lanson Place is open­ing its sec­ond ser­viced apart­ments in Hong Kong’s Sai Wan Ho neigh­bour­hood in Feb­ru­ary 2019. This more than 700 room prop­erty, si­t­u­ated on the city’s Eastern water­front, will be five-min­utes walk from Sai Wan Ho MTR sta­tion and a ten-minute walk from Quarry Bay, a ma­jor busi­ness area. Rooms range from a 408 sq ft stu­dio to a 1,364 sq ft 3-bed­room pent­house with pool.

Ser­vices in­clude kitch­enette with Siemens ap­pli­cances, Ap­ple TV and Bose blue­tooth soundlink, as well as a Ne­spresso cof­fee ma­chine. Se­lect apart­ments also have a wine cel­lar.

Ad­di­tional fee ser­vices in­clude hir­ing a per­sonal trainer, tak­ing well­ness classes or hir­ing a limou­sine.

Mar­riott Ex­ec­u­tive Apart­ments Hangzhou

FROM LEFT PAGE: Ascott Raf­fles City Hangzhou; Winsland Ser­viced Suites by Lanson Place in Sin­ga­pore; K11 ARTUS in Hong Kong; Shama Hongqiao Shang­hai

CLOCK­WISE FROM THIS PAGE TOP: Meri­ton Suites Syd­ney; Oak­wood Premier Ph­nom Penh; Water­front East

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