Nowadays, travellers—whether for business or pleasure—don’t always look for traditional hotel accommodations. Perhaps because of the fast-paced lifestyles most people have, they would much rather spend their downtime during business trips or holidays somewhere more homey.
As such, the serviced residence trend has caught on in many parts of the world, the latest of which at the central business district of Ortigas, Pasig City.
On July 11, The Manila Times attended the grand opening of Citadines Millennium Ortigas Manila, a towering “home away from home,” managed by the international serviced residence owner-operator, The Ascott Limited (Ascott). This milestone property marks the company’s entry into the eastern part of Metro Manila in addition to their properties in Makati City and Alabang.
Offering both short- and long-term guests what they describe as “vibrant living,” the new serviced residence is conveniently located at the center of business and leisure districts. It is literally a few steps away from Ortigas’ corporate row and lifestyle destinations including major malls, dining and entertainment enclaves, golf courses, and fitness and wellness establishments. The location also allows easy access to key areas like Makati City, Wack Wack in Greenhills, San Juan and Quezon City.
Meanwhile, Citadines’ 293 contemporary apartments comprise of spacious studios, and one-, two- and three-bedroom units. Each apartment carries homey touches with separate living and dining areas, a fully equipped kitchen, and wireless internet service, among others.
“Some people have difficulty distinguishing a serviced residence. The mindset is normally a hotel accommodation but beyond that is the understanding that some guests actually want to stay longer, preferring these kinds of properties,” CDC Holdings, Inc. CEO and president Elsie Chua, explained to The Manila Times .
“All our studio units have a kitchen, so they attract long-staying guests whose trip is more than three days. We also allow people to stay for months or even a year,” she added.
“The good thing here is it’s just a few steps away from the malls. Also, this is the only property that has two entrances and two swimming pools. We also have three elevators for the residential units and five for the hotel,” furthered Chua.
Homey but artsy
Citadines successfully evokes the homey vibe but in an artistic way with well-thought-of interiors and tasteful splashes of lively colors, unique paintings, themed pictures, geometric accents and other works of art.
Moreover, greenery is incorporated within the property via energy- and water-saving implements to help reduce carbon footprint, construction which conformed to global environmental specifications, and energy-efficient lighting with the use of LEDs. Apartment toilets further feature water-saving fittings like dual flush toilet cisterns to cut down on water consumption.
Another noteworthy feature is the use of natural lighting and ventilation to minimize environmental impact. More importantly, the apartments have double-glazed windows that prevent unwanted heat from coming in and help reduce medium to high frequency noise from outside.
Finally, pockets of green with its garden deck at the fourth floor provide the serenity and beauty of nature amid the bustling city.
For work-life balance, Citadines has a Residents’ Lounge overlooking the expanse of nearby cities, two swimming pools and a fitness center, ensuring an enjoyable stay.
There are also function rooms as well for those looking into holding events, the biggest of which could accommodate up to 250 people.
For F&B, the ground floor has two restaurants, the Relish Luxe Café and Aburi Japanese restaurant to satisfy different tastes.
“It took us three years to build this property but it’s worth it. It’s like giving birth to and rearing a child, and we think our baby will do well here in Ortigas Center,” ended Chua.