Summer In South Kensington

A brand new look to kick off the warm season

Issue: Jul 2010

A welcome change
A welcome change - the lobby area strikes a contemporary note, with clean lines, natural wood, and subtle colour tones emphasising stylish practicality

Summer’s here in London - a season generally marked by the longest days and the shortest nights. Here at Citadines South Kensington, the party has just begun to celebrate its brand new look, summer and all its goodness!

Even as the Wimbledon Tennis Championship continues to hook fans all over the world, clients and guests were invited to a re-launch party at the Citadines, themed “Summer in London”, to check out the new concept rooms.

“We have just spent £2.3 million upgrading Citadines South Kensington to reflect a refreshing new design and style and our clients had a chance to come and see the changes for themselves,” said Steve Thorne, Regional Director of Sales & Marketing, Ascott International Management, Europe.

studios and apartments soothing ambience
All studios and apartments have been given an open plan design for a greater feeling of space
Earthy tones and clean lines in the room create a modern yet soothing ambience

Housed in a Victorian building, the newly-renovated Citadines South Kensington has a total of 92 modern units over six floors, including 62 studios and 30 one-bedroom duplex apartments.

“They are much more in keeping with the demands of a modern apart’hotel market,” says Thorne.

Guests who were invited to view the newly renovated rooms and to celebrate the start of summer at Citadines South Kensington captured a moment with Regional Manager, Rebecca Hollants van Loocke (centre)
Natalie Zaccaria
A corporate guest, Natalie Zaccaria, walked away with a hamper at the party

Guests who were invited for the preview agree. “The apartments look great and I’m confident our clients will like them, too,” says Natalie Zaccaria of Reside International.

Ready for the Games

Hype Park
London’ largest royal park, Hype Park, be the finale venue for the 2012 Olympic Games

The rejuvenated look aside, Citadines South Kensington is also poised for the Olympic action. Come 2012, the city will be more abuzz when the Summer Olympic Games comes to town.

Close to the apart’hotel are several venues that will play host to some of the sports.

Earls Court, a 20-minute walk from Citadines South Kensington, will play host to the Indoor Volleyball Competition. The Exhibition Centre will be turned into a 15,000-seat arena when the time comes.

At Hyde Park, London’s largest royal park, 3,000 spectators will be able to enjoy a grandstand view of the finishing area for the London 2012 events. Thousands more will also watch as the athletes swim, cycle and run on the course marked out for the Triathlon and 10 KM Water Swim.

Expect to be treated to various music, theatre, film and cultural events that will take place at the park as well throughout the summer of 2012. The other piece of good news is, Hyde Park is a mere 10-minute walk from Citadines South Kensington!

There is more. Though not within walking distance, three more venues are accessible by the underground within 30 minutes. The famous Regent’s Park will provide the setting for the conclusion of the Road Cycling events of the 2012 Games in front of 3,000 seated spectators.

Lord's Cricket Ground, which is near Regent’s Park, will house Archery for 6,500 spectators.

And Wimbledon will be used for the Tennis competition of the 2012 Games. Up to 30,000 people will be able to watch the players compete there.

With all these sporting action surrounding Citadines South Kensington, you’d be sure to feel the heartbeat of the city.


But you don’t have to wait till the Summer Olympics 2012 to stay at Citadines South Kensington to enjoy the excitement of London.

“This residence is very popular with the leisure market, due to its location in one of the most chic neighbourhoods of London, close to Kensington Gardens and Knightsbridge,” says Thorne.

While most guests who stay at the Citadines South Kensington come from Continental Europe, the serviced residence has seen an increase in the number of visitors coming from Asia in recent years.

Victorian area
Located in the most Victorian area in London, Citadines South Kensington is well-connected to its neighbourhood and attractions

Citadines South Kensington is also popular with long-stay corporate guests because of its peaceful yet well-connected neighbourhood. Magnificent buildings, stylish boutiques and good restaurants surround the apart’hotel.

In fact, the friendly staff at Citadines is well-versed with the neighbourhood to point you to where you can shop specifically or pick out the restaurant of your taste.

Mr Ilyas Khuram , who stayed at Citadines for more than a week, agrees, “All of them were excellent, but I remembered Mohammad in particular. He guided us to find the best restaurants that suited our taste.” Mohammed Ibrahim, a receptionist at Citadines South Kensington has a wide knowledge of restaurants in London as he has been living in the city for several years.

Besides being close to many good restaurants, Citadines South Kensington is also a short ride away from Westminster Abbey, historical churches and institutions.

Hype Park
Natural History Museum: Entrance is free at the Natural History Museum where kids can check out the amazing collection of dinosaurs, marvel at the size of the blue whale or snoop on thousands of live leafcutter ants at work

It’s also easy to pack a basket for a picnic, ride a horse, feed the ducks or simply enjoy a stroll in Hyde Park or Kensington Gardens.

Many other attractions are within walking distance from the serviced residence as well. The Natural History Museum, for instance, will thrill kids and grown-ups with its significant collections of dinosaurs, the Darwin Centre and the new exhibition, The Deep, where you will enter a weird and wonderful world that is 11,000 metres down in the ocean. This exhibition runs till September 2010.

And to satisfy all your shopping cravings, the luxurious and famous Harrods is just a stone’s throw away.

A Draw with Families

Citadines South Kensington is also an ideal accommodation if you are travelling with children. The apart’hotel provides baby cots, high chairs and bottle warmers as part of their a’la-carte chargeable services.

“We are very happy with our stay. This place is ideal when travelling with children. It is safe and child-friendly. The location is excellent and the prices are acceptable. We will be back to stay,” says Lung Sven, a recent guest who stayed for a week.

Hype Park
Enjoy a leisurely stroll or a moment of calm in South Kensington (or Hyde Park)

The apartments in Citadines are also equipped with a separate kitchen area complete with stove, microwave and fridge, making it convenient should families need to cook a simple meal for the kids. Besides, guests also have a wide selection of groceries and supermarkets to go to such as Tesco, Sainsbury's and Waitrose, all within walking distance from their serviced apartment.

An added comfort while being away from home is knowing that the staff at Citadines South Kensington will always greet you with a smile and are willing to go that extra mile to help guests with their requests.

So, whether you are travelling with the family or with friends, book an apartment at the brand-new Citadines South Kensington and enjoy the buzz of London, along with all the goodness summer brings!

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