As Hangzhou’s east side CBD continues to develop at a brisk pace, the Raffles City integrated complex is one structure that stands out against the urban landscape with its two distinctive towers. I think they resemble a power plant’s cooling towers, but they’ve also been referred to as giant wine carafes. The Raffles City mall has already been operational for some time and now one of the two towers opens for business in the form of the Ascott Raffles City Hangzhou serviced apartments.
With panoramic views of the Qiantang River, close proximity to Citizen Center, Hangzhou Grand Theatre, Mix C mall and direct access over Raffles City mall and Jiang Jin Road metro station, Ascott Raffles City is a convenient and comfortable choice for extended stays in Hangzhou.
Raffles City and Ascott are both brands under parent company CapitaLand from Singapore and together they present a Singapore style concept that integrates living, work and recreation in one connected structure.
The 180 apartments range in size from One-Bedroom Executive at 65m2 to Three-Bedroom Premier at 128m2. Care has been taken to make the apartments feel like stylish, modern condominiums instead of functional business-like suites. Each apartment has wall divisions to clearly separate the bedroom and kitchen from the living areas and each room has separate temperature control. Warm design touches such as the muted colour palette, designer light fixtures and misty paintings of Hangzhou’s rolling green hills further create an elegant and tasteful space where guests can get settled in.
The apartments are all equipped with everything one needs for long-term stays, from the kitchen equipment and tools needed to whip up a meal, to doing your laundry with the clothes washer and dryer. Yes, there’s a clothes dryer! That’s a real blessing for Hangzhou’s rain afflicted climate.
To relax and unwind, guests can head to the gym, swimming pool or the SPA which offers facials, foot and body massages. To keep the kids occupied, there’s also a play room with ball pit where they can happily jump around in.
Guests can take complimentary breakfast buffet at Piano 18 Italian restaurant and bar on the 18th floor. When we went for dinner, we were happy to see a familiar face there as Benny the former chef at Angelo’s is now working here. We’ve already heard good things about this restaurant from our friends who’ve dined here and we were not disappointed either with our meal of beef carpaccio, foie gras toasts, classic lasagna, grilled seafood and pizza.
A fun feature at Ascott Raffles City is a diminutive, talking robot named Xiao Ya. This cute, little robot delivers room service from Piano 18 Italian restaurant to your door. You can even order food from outside services such as Elema and Xiao Ya will greet the delivery man at Ascott’s entrance. The food will be placed in Xiao Ya who will then whisk the delivery up to your apartment. When Xiao Ya is outside your door, you will get a phone call informing you to open the door. There Xiao Ya will be waiting for you to take out your food delivery. Apartment residents might start ordering food just to see Xiao Ya in action, we know we did!