Looking for a getaway with a difference? Since its launch in 2008, the Ascend Hotel Collection from Choice Hotels has been offering travellers unique and distinct experiences ranging from memorable stays in historic inns to luxury getaways in boutique properties, stylish resorts and chic city hotels. But these individual hotels open the door to more than just style and ambience. Find out how each distinct property tells a unique story that connects you to exceptional surroundings.
Memorable experiences in NSW
With more than 320 hotels in 15 countries, Ascend Hotel Collection properties hold a significant place in many of the world’s most famous quarters. So it’s no surprise NSW is home to a range of Ascend Hotel experiences, with sophisticated signature properties situated in the coast and country and all the way into the emerald heart of Sydney.
Once Sydney’s tallest building, the beautifully renovated Castlereagh Boutique Hotel is an iconic landmark within walking distance of Circular Quay, the Rocks, the Opera House and the Botanic Gardens. Enjoy a dining experience to remember at the in-house Cellos Grand Ballroom or relax with a drink or meal at Reagh Bar or Castlereagh Lounge. Perfect for any leisure-seeking couple, this hotel also services event rooms.
Situated in Sydney’s creative inner-city precinct of Surry Hills, Hotel Harry effortlessly combines colourful Cuban themes with old-world charm and intimate ambience. Take a seat in Harpoon Harry’s – this contemporary restaurant opens the doors to an on-site bar, lounges, and a lively terrace that regularly hosts live music and entertainment. Enjoy every moment of a stay in one of the most character-filled hotels in Sydney CBD.
A trip to the vibrant coastal city of Newcastle presents the one-of-a-kind Terminus Hotel. Combining historic charm with contemporary comfort, this sophisticated hotel overlooks the harbour, is surrounded by popular restaurants and is opposite the historic market stall quarter known as The Station. Enjoy some of the best one and two-bedroom serviced apartments Newcastle has to offer.
Situated in one of Australia’s most famous and vibrant country towns, the historic art deco CH Boutique Hotel offers premium accommodation in Tamworth, as well as some of the best dining at the acclaimed and popular in-house DECO wine bar and restaurant. This exceptional hotel offers a range of stay experiences from the Executive King Suites to Platinum Suites with King Bed and oversized Spa Bath.
A little further north you’ll find the stunning NSW Central Coast, where the waterside hamlet of Toukley presents The Beachcomber Hotel and Resort – a local institution. Offering glittering waterside views and Hampton’s inspired architecture, this resort-styled accommodation in Toukley also offers its own assortment of restaurant and bar options. The perfect spot for a relaxing getaway, the Beachcomber is also home to exceptional event facilities.
Unique city experiences in Melbourne
Welcome to cosmopolitan Melbourne, a capital city rich with art, culture and outstanding restaurants, bars and cafes. A stay at an Ascend Hotel also delivers unique touches to elevate your visit to something extra memorable – starting with stylish apartment-styled living in the heart of the city’s world-class attractions.
Enjoy a signature Melbourne experience by staying in the exclusive Galleria, where Domi Serviced Apartments offer upscale accommodation in the heart of Glen Waverley – gateway to the Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Valley, and close to some of the city’s best shopping precincts. The tallest building in Glen Waverley, enjoy spacious one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments at the pinnacle of Glen Waverley accommodation.
Built-in 1914, the boutique Alto Hotel on Bourke is an award-winning property housed in the heritage-listed former Australian Railway Union building. Combining 19th-century charm with creative contemporary comforts and stylish Melbourne accommodation apartments, this hotel is only a short stroll from popular Melbourne attractions including Crown Casino, the Convention and Exhibition Centre and Marvel Stadium. It is also the first carbon-neutral hotel in Australia.
Boutique charm in South Australia
From the gorgeous rolling vineyards of the famous Adelaide Hills to ambient cocktail bars perched above the vibrant Adelaide city skyline, South Australia’s Ascend Hotels capture the city’s signature delights with one of the leading hotels in Adelaide CBD as well as accommodation in Hahndorf Adelaide Hills wine country.
Only 25km from the Adelaide CBD, the picturesque Adelaide Hills is where wine lovers enjoy tastings and natural attractions flourish. Situated in the heritage-listed Hahndorf, rich with traditional German pubs, restaurants and bakeries, Manna by Haus offers spacious rooms, suites and an on-site restaurant. Perfect deal for families or couples looking to explore rich local history and the surround
Since its launch, many experience-seeking guests have also based themselves in the garden-wreathed luxury of The Studios by Haus, an award-winning Ascend experience offers state-of-the-art venue spaces and self-contained suites alongside Hahndorf’s traditional German pubs, restaurants and bakeries. This unique hotel is also home to fully appointed kitchen and dining facilities.
Gateway to Luxury in Western Australia
Superbly located on the banks of the Swan River, Perth is also renowned for its vibrant city life, coastal beauty and surrounding natural wonders. That’s why it’s important accommodation in Perth City is positioned to give guests direct access to the attractions that make it a must-visit destination.
Ideally situated to give guests premium access to the best the city has to offer, the stylish Ingot Hotel Perth treats guests with a heated outdoor pool and spa, spacious gym and the on-site Eyre Restaurant which offers diners a delicious menu of Asian-inspired dishes. Enjoy the extensive wine list! The Ingot even offers an airport shuttle service to ease you into your stay.
Glittering getaways in Queensland
Tropical blue waters, white sandy beaches and lively city activity. A Queensland stay deserves to be experienced close to the action. That’s why Ascend Hotels offer distinct experiences ranging from luxurious hotels in Mooloolaba to boutique accommodation in Brisbane.
The fifteenth Ascend Hotel to be launched in Australia and New Zealand, First Light Mooloolaba is a welcome addition to the high-end collection. Centrally located with a host of exceptional facilities, including a lap pool and gymnasium, First Light has also paired up with a nearby restaurant, bar and functions venue Pier 33 to offer a second-to-none events venue with panoramic waterfront views.
Ideally situated close to shopping, dining and water attractions, the luxurious Breeze Mooloolaba Ascend Hotel Collection venue ensures a relaxing stay by the ocean. Head to Port Cartwright Lighthouse for spectacular views of the surrounding region. Sporting modern apartments with kitchens, smart TVs, movies on demand and deluxe bathrobes, guests can also enjoy the on-site pool.
Experience the best of dynamic Brisbane at The Kingsford, where the city’s attractions are brought to the doorstep. Situated within walking distance of Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Suncorp Stadium and the Gallery of Modern Art, this sophisticated, boutique hotel will also pamper you with a relaxing hot tub, outdoor sun deck and onsite café that offers modern Australian cuisine as well as a wide selection of beer, wine, and cocktails.
Exquisite country living in New Zealand
Situated at the top of New Zealand’s South Island, Nelson is famed for its mountain views, rivers and lakes. Ascend Hotel’s accommodation in Nelson takes all this in with boutique, old-world flair only moments from the CBD’s shops, restaurants, cafes and winding Maitai River.
Located in a quiet and relaxing part of Nelson, The Honest Lawyer is furnished in classic English country style. Enjoy a meal at the Honest Lawyer Restaurant by the fire or dine outside overlooking Tasman Bay. Rooms include suites, twin rooms, apartments and king-size rooms with perfect views of the Waimea Estuary and mountains. This gorgeous hotel is also pet-friendly making it the perfect stay for the whole family.
Celebrate 15 Years of Ascend with a free two-night break
To celebrate 15 Years of the Ascend Hotel Collection, we are providing Choice Privileges Members with the chance to win 1 of 15 two-night accommodation vouchers at one of our Ascend Hotel Collections. Find out more on how to win here.