Residence Apartments and Cottages

Residence Apart’Hotel Citadines Geneve-Ferney Voltaire
The Ascott Group is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year. The Ascott Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CapitaLand Limited are arguably the largest global serviced residence operator with close to 25,000 serviced accommodations including 7,000 under development in key cities throughout Asia Pacific, Europe and the Gulf Region. Executive Traveller visited the Group’s Citadines Apart’Hotel Residence in Ferney Voltaire to evaluate the Residence and see what was on offer for our expatriate community. The group comprises three brands - Ascott, Somerset and Citadines – in more than 67 cities in over 22 countries.

To celebrate Ascott’s 25th Anniversary, Mr Lim Chin Beng, Chairman of The Ascott Group Limited, said: “We are commemorating in a meaningful way with over 25 charity initiatives worldwide to give back to the communities where we operate”. The Group raised funds to build a school dormitory for hill tribe children in Thailand and will support a French charity which sponsors heart surgery for children. In Singapore, staff donated S$25,000 to provide for the educational and developmental needs of children under Chaoyang School, Pertapis Children’s Home, and TOUCH Young Arrows, a service of TOUCH Community Services. Through these efforts, The Ascott Group Limited hoped to create a brighter future for the children of these beneficiaries.

Our selected Residence is in Ferney Voltaire which borders France and Switzerland, Geneva to be precise. Apart from its large expatriate community working with various international organisations including the United Nations’ office, Geneva is also the Swiss cultural capital and home to Lake Geneva, Europe’s largest Herbarium and the botanical gardens.

The Citadine apartments at Ferney Voltaire near Geneva Airport
There is only one Citadines Residence in Ferney Voltaire and quite conveniently the Apart’ Hotel is only 10 minutes’ drive away from Geneva airport and if you use the French sector exit, you can probably walk it. Ferney Voltaire is a pretty cosmopolitan town of about 8500 inhabitants with shops, theatres, museums, cinemas, public services, places of worship and excellent public transportation. The picturesque and idyllic Ferney Voltaire is home to Voltaire’s Chateau where the human rights writer entertained distinguished guests. The Apart' hotel is also a short drive away from the Jura mountains which houses numerous ski resorts and hiking trails and only a 1-hour drive to the ski resorts of the Haute-Savoie region. Geneva has 30 museums so if you are a culture obsessed, you will definitely enjoy your visit.

There is also a music academy, and shopping enthusiasts can find thousands of boutiques nestled in the narrow streets of the old city. In the evenings, you can attend a nightly concert by the Suisse Romande Symphonic Orchestra at the Victoria Hall, or catch a movie at a cinema within a 10 minute walk of the Apart' hotel. Nature lovers can stroll through the botanic gardens, or take leisurely walks around Lake Leman.

The Apartments
The very “French” style apartments are available from 3pm and you have to vacate by 11am. They range from studios to full size apartments sleeping up to eight persons providing you with a very practical multi-tasking base. By very “French” style, it means that they are equipped with sofa-beds, (canapé lits) with instructions for guests to open up when they are ready to sleep. They also have separate bathrooms and toilets with the toilets strategically located at the entrance of the room and the bathroom closer to the bedroom.

It is very common to most French accommodation to position the toilet separate from the bathroom, next to the kitchen. Practically, it does not give guest the full ensuite effect whereas if you have visitors, it is ideal. Above all, you have the opportunity of an after-work lounge and the ability to prepare a quick meal, surf the net or to simply relax in your own space.
Also, the daily “pull in – pull out” of the sofa bed can be tiring; however, there is enough room to leave your bed out during your stay unless you are expecting company so if you always have to rush out in the morning, simply leave it out or opt for a one-bed apartment.
Services available
• Telephone in rooms
• Breakfast in Lobby even though you can readily make your own in the apartment.
• Car Parking facilities
• Launderette
• A safe
• Business corner
• Wifi zone
• Internet access ADSL
• Newspapers
• Dry Cleaning
• Weekly cleaning
• Shopping delivered
All rooms are fully equipped with flat screen TV with DVD player, stereo system, complimentary high-speed internet access, and direct telephone line.
Carry your key at all times
It is very important to note that the Residence Apart’Hotel Citadines Geneve-Ferney Voltaire does not have a 24-hour concierge/reception service so emergencies such as forgetting or losing your apartment key can cost you 90 euros. The Residence charges a fee of 90 euros for any intervention that requires someone to come to the Residence during Reception closing hours.
Permanent residency prohibited
Although, the Apart’Hotel is for long stay and can be booked from one night to several months, permanent residency is prohibited. The resident is forbidden to use or diffuse the address or telephone number of the Apart’Hotel Citadines as his principal place of residence or his business address.

Value for money sliding price tariff - the longer you stay the cheaper it becomes. A studio with double canapé (sofa-bed) or two single beds ranges from 103 euros per night

Executive Traveller 2003