Ascott Arc de Triomphe Paris to Open in June

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Monday, 16 May 2011

Ascott has agreed to acquire an 100% shareholding in SNC Costes K which owns the prime Hotel K and an adjacent vacant residential property in Paris, based on an agreed asset value of 65 million (approximately Sin$118.4 million).

After the acquisition is completed, Ascott will combine and transform the freehold properties into a premium serviced residence to be named Ascott Arc de Triomphe Paris.

When it begins operations in June 2011, it will be the first serviced residence to open in France under the exclusive Ascott brand. The new 106-unit serviced residence increases Ascotts Europe portfolio to over 5,400 apartment units in 49 properties across 22 cities.

Besides having a prime location in the heart of Paris, the landmark property combines the contemporary design of renowned architect Ricardo Bofill and the distinctive architecture of 19th century Paris.

Situated along Avenue Klber, Ascott Arc de Triomphe Paris is steps away from the world famous Champs-Elyses Avenue and the Trocadro Esplanade.

The property is located in the 16th arrondissement, a prestigious and upmarket district with numerous offices and embassies. It is within walking distance to many leisure and tourist attractions including the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Thtre National de Chaillot and prestigious museums such as Muse du Quai Branly (dedicated to Indigenous Art, Cultures and Civilisations) and Muse Guimet (National Museum of Asian Arts).

With several metro stations and bus stops in the propertys vicinity, travellers will enjoy convenient access to various destinations in Paris.

To cater to the different lifestyle needs of business and leisure travellers, Ascott Arc de Triomphe Paris will offer a range of spacious apartments from studios to two-bedroom units. Residents will be able to enjoy amenities including a swimming pool, fitness centre, sauna, spa and restaurant.

Mr Lim Ming Yan, Ascott's Chief Executive Officer, said: Within the first four months of 2011, Ascott has invested Sin$203 million in Europe through our acquisitions of Ascott Arc de Triomphe Paris and two properties in Frankfurt and Hamburg. This demonstrates Ascotts long-term commitment in Europe, and we will continue to identify opportunities to deepen our presence especially in key markets like Paris, London and major cities in Germany. These investments form part of our ongoing capital recycling strategy, with Ascott redeploying a portion of almost Sin$1 billion in proceeds generated by the divestment of 28 assets to Ascott Residence Trust last year. These new assets will further enhance our real estate investment portfolio in Europe and form a quality pipeline for the Ascott Residence Trust.

Mr Lim added: In 2011, we have already secured about 1,800 units through new investments and management contracts. This extends Ascotts leadership position as the worlds largest international serviced residence owner-operator with over 27,000 apartment units and we are on track to achieve our global target of 40,000 apartment units by 2015. 

With the addition of Ascott Arc de Triomphe Paris, Ascott has over 3,600 apartment units in 35 properties across 14 cities in France. Besides Paris, these properties are located in cities including Cannes, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Strasbourg and Toulouse.

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