With Busan becoming an increasingly popular tourist and convention destination, some of the world’s most renowned accommodation chains are dropping anchor here. Back in August, 2015 saw the first Korean location of the highly regarded Citadines brand serviced residence, Citadines Haeundae Busan.
Run by Singapore-based The Ascott Limited – the largest international serviced residence owner-operator in the world – the recently opened Apart hotel, with its 468 apartment units, makes it Ascott’s largest property globally and part of the operator’s growing presence in South Korea, where it also manages the popular Somerset Palace Seoul.
Citadines Haeundae Busan occupies a prime location in Busan, just a short walk from the beach in Haeundae. The 42-story complex, which is home to a CGV multiscreen cinema as well as, restaurants, cafes and several retail units, literally sits atop the Haeundae subway station, allowing easy access to major business, entertainment and cultural venues.
Busan has risen in the ranks to become one of Asia’s most popular spots for the MICE industry. Max Phillips, Country General Manager for Korea, said that will be one of the biggest draws for the company.
“Citadines Haeundae Busan has been and will always be a safe and comfortable accommodation option for guests from the MICE industry,” said Phillips. “We look forward to serving business executives from companies and organizations, government officials and academic conference participants.”
Phillips also highlighted how the fully furnished design makes it optimal for those in Busan for more than just a few nights.
“The residence is an ideal home away from home for expatriates, business travelers and tourists,” said Phillips.
Along with a spacious living area, each of the apartments at Citadines Haeundae Busan comes with a fully equipped kitchen, including glassware, crockery, cutlery and all the necessary utensils. And, just like at home, there’s a refrigerator, rice cooker, electric kettle and toaster.
While the area surrounding Citadines Haeundae Busan is packed with great places to eat, spanning just about any taste of food, the kitchen at Citadines is perfect for guests who want to go shopping at the nearby markets and prepare their own meals.
All of the apartments are also equipped with air conditioning and heating; a bathroom with a hairdryer, towels and toiletries; a bed with linen; an electronic safe; a steam iron and ironing board; a television with 56 satellite or cable channels; Wi-Fi; and a telephone with international direct dialing.
Phillips said that following the opening in Busan, the company has plans to further deepen its roots in the country and that the franchise is looking to establish more properties around Korea within the next few years.
For more information, call (051) 662-8000 or visit www.citadines.com.
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