January 2006—Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts, the first-class, full-service
international brand of Rezidor SAS Hospitality, announces the opening of
the Radisson SAS Bosphorus Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey. The newly-built 120-room
hotel offers a modern and stylish design with views of the Bosphorus strait.
The hotel is built on the banks of the Bosphorus strait, which joins
the Sea of Marmara with the Black Sea. With views of the strait and
the world’s largest suspension bridge which links Europe and Asia, the
new property is located at one of the most exclusive addresses in Istanbul.
Philippe Pellaud, general manager of the hotel, says, “Radisson SAS
is well known internationally by its brand values and high service level.
We promise to provide genuine warm hospitality with the renowned ‘Yes I
Can’ attitude and aim to deliver ‘100 Percent Guest Satisfaction’ by being
a new and distinctive hotel choice for the city of Istanbul.”
The hotel is located within walking distance of the well-known Ortakoy
shopping street, close to major business centers and downtown Istanbul.
It is only 15 minutes away from the old city, which features the Topkapi
Palace, Hagia Sophia, the Besiktas Stadium and the Grand Bazaar.
The hotel also offers easy access to the Asian side of the city by ferry.
The Radisson SAS Bosphorus Hotel features 89 standard rooms, 20 business
class rooms, 11 junior suites and two rooms for guests with special needs.
The hotel combines elegance and comfort with artwork from the various regions
of Turkey. With a warm combination of green, brown and orange hues
throughout the hotel, guests can feel completely at home. The guest rooms
offer high-tech interactive flat-screen televisions, and free broadband
internet access is available throughout all guest rooms and public areas
of the hotel. Additionally, the hotel’s Wellness and Beauty Center
offers a hair salon, Turkish Hamam, sauna, and solarium.
Decorated with brown, red and green colors, the StarBoard Café
Terrace and Cruise Lounge lobby bar offer a comfortable and cozy environment
for hotel guests looking to relax. The Lodos Terrace, located on the fourth
floor, offers views of the Bosphorus strait during the summer months and
can be used for private events.
The hotel’s meeting facilities include two conference rooms, a presentation
room and a 2,583 square foot main meeting hall, all equipped with the latest
Radisson SAS has two additional hotels in Turkey in Ankara and at Istanbul’s
Rezidor SAS Hospitality is one of the fastest growing hospitality companies
in the world and currently has 263 hotels, encompassing over 50,000 rooms,
in operation and under development in 48 countries, with the aim to develop
700 hotels across its different brands by 2012.
In September 2002, Rezidor SAS announced a unique deal with US-based
Carlson Hotels Worldwide to expand selected Carlson brands in Europe, the
Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Rezidor SAS now operates Radisson SAS Hotels
& Resorts, Regent International Hotels Park Inn and Country Inns &
Suites in these areas. Initially Rezidor SAS Hospitality was a wholly owned
subsidiary of the Stockholm-based SAS Group. In June 2005 Rezidor SAS Hospitality
completed the strategic agreement with US-based Carlson Hotels Worldwide,
which resulted in an enhancement of their long-time franchise partnership
into a shareholder agreement. Carlson Hotels Worldwide acquired a 25 percent
shareholding in Rezidor SAS Hospitality from SAS group in return for renegotiated
commercial terms of the parties’ current Master Franchise Agreement. Rezidor
SAS Hospitality head office is based in Brussels.