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Acquisitions & Hotel Openings

Sofitel Singapore City Centre Opens as AccorHotels' 800th Hotel in Asia Pacific

SINGAPORE. September 12, 2017 - AccorHotels has announced that the highly anticipated Sofitel Singapore City Centre will open its doors in October and will be the group's landmark 800th hotel in Asia Pacific. Nestled amidst historic shop houses and towering skyscrapers, the 223-room luxury hotel is elegantly designed, reflecting Singapore's rich cultural heritage with undeniable French flair.

"The unveiling of Sofitel Singapore City Centre marks an important milestone for AccorHotels as we continue to strengthen our presence in the region," says Michael Issenberg, Chairman & CEO of AccorHotels Asia Pacific. "I am pleased to announce that this flagship hotel is our 800th property in Asia-Pacific and opens at a time when we are focused on strengthening our luxury credentials globally."

An oasis at the heart of historic Tanjong Pagar, the hotel is strategically situated just 20 minutes from Singapore's Changi Airport. It will be AccorHotels' 13th hotel in Singapore and will be shortly followed by a combined 782-room Novotel and Mercure complex which will open on Stevens Road, firmly cementing the group's position as the largest hotel operator in Singapore.

Guests may choose from 223 well-appointed rooms and suites featuring floor to ceiling windows; complimentary minibars serviced by the hotel's very own droid butler - Sophie The Robot.

Sofitel Singapore City Centre offers several dining outlets including Racines, helmed by award-winning Executive Chef Jean-Charles Dubois.

Sofitel Singapore City Centre will offer 20,000 square feet of meeting spaces across 10 flexible venues including the 600 sqm Wallich Ballroom, named after Nathaniel Wallich, the founding father of the Singapore Botanical Gardens.

For further information, please visit http://www.sofitel.com/a152.

About Sofitel Hotels & Resorts

Sofitel, AccorHotels' authentic luxury brand, blends local culture and French art de vivre to create magnificent moments for international travelers seeking a uniquely elegant experience. Guests staying at one of Sofitel's 120 addresses will enjoy design, culture, gastronomy and wellness. All over the world, Sofitel promises travelers looking for contemporary accommodation, a skillful blend of local culture and French art de vivre. Each address is distinctive, with its own "cousu-main" service, stylish interior, and inspired and creative gastronomy. The brand's hotels are located in large cities like Paris, London, Berlin, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Dubai, Bangkok, Singapore and Shanghai, or set against wonderful landscapes in destinations like Morocco, Egypt, Thailand and even French Polynesia. AccorHotels is a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,200 hotels, resorts and residences, as well as in over 10,000 of the finest private homes around the globe. sofitel.com | accorhotels.com

Contact:
Hadley Sullivan
hadley.sullivan@accor.com

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