Istanbul, Turkey – March 18, 2014 – Marriott International continues its rapid growth in Eastern Europe with the opening of the Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli, taking the company’s total number of properties to seven in Istanbul and eleven in Turkey overall. From its rooftop heliport and stunning views to impeccably furnished guestrooms and sophisticated event space, this five-star hotel is a first-class addition to Istanbul’s skyline.
The hotel is situated within an impressive 34-story building on the European side of Istanbul and between the business districts of Levent and Taksim. With its cosmopolitan location in Sisli and proximity to popular cultural and historical sites, it is an ideal destination for both business and leisure travellers. Upscale restaurants, shopping malls and high-end boutiques are all within walking distance, while downtown destinations such as Taksim Square and Grand Bazaar are just minutes away.
Istanbul Great RoomThe hotel’s 259 spacious guestrooms are fresh and contemporary with luxurious furnishings, modern amenities and breath-taking views across the city to the Bosphorus and Golden Horn. An outstanding health club and spa offers a large high-tech gym, indoor swimming pool, tennis court, Turkish bath, sauna, steam room and treatment rooms.
Guests and locals can enjoy three distinct food and beverage experiences within the hotel. The Dish Room Restaurant is a light and airy space specialising in Mediterranean cuisine and offering an outdoor terrace and lounge bar. The Terrace Bar is a welcoming outside space that comes alive at night with live DJ music. The Great Room Lounge and My Bar offer an array of light and more substantial menu items made to order in the open oven.
“We are delighted to open this magnificent hotel in Istanbul and build on our strong portfolio in Turkey,” said Amy McPherson, President and Managing Director for Marriott International in Europe. “Over the past few years we have seen robust growth in Turkey where 6 of our 11 hotel brands in Europe are represented, demonstrating the growing strength of our portfolio of brands.”
“Last year, we began a journey to transform our signature Marriott Hotels brand and introduce innovations across every part of the guest experience in response to the changing needs of the new generation of traveller. Everything from technology and design to meetings is being revitalised and we are very proud that the Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli showcases many of these innovations and represents a new standard for the brand.”
The refreshed guest experience begins on arrival with the option of quick and convenient check-in via smartphone. Almost 350 Marriott hotels globally, including the Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli, offer both digital check-in and check-out, giving guests greater flexibility.
In addition, technology has been injected into the meetings experience with Red Coat Direct, a digital concierge that allows meeting organisers to edit meeting requests with a touch of a button without ever leaving the meeting room, and Meetings Imagined, a new digital platform with inspiring ideas, top tips and case studies enabling meeting planners to customise their events. These new digital services will complement the hotel’s 1,300 square metres of state of the art meeting space and help set the standard for meetings and events in Istanbul.