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DoubleTree by Hilton Opens its First Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey
ISTANBUL--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DoubleTree by Hilton today announced the opening of its first hotel in Turkey’s largest city, the DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul-Old Town. The 171-bedroom hotel is set in the heart of Istanbul’s old town on the Golden Horn peninsula, within walking distance of famous sights including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Sultanahmet and Topkapi Palace – all of which provide a glimpse into the fascinating history of a city which spans two continents. It is also the nearest hotel to the intriguing Grand Bazaar, where visitors can purchase exotic goods from Persian rugs and magical spices to leather products and Turkish coffee. The hotel is easily accessible from Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport (IST) just a 30-minute drive, as well as the city’s tram network and embarkation points for Bosphorus boat tours.
Rob Palleschi, global head for DoubleTree by Hilton, said, “We are delighted to be opening our first hotel in Istanbul and our third DoubleTree by Hilton in Turkey, an exciting country for our fast-growing, full-service hotel brand. With international visitors coming to Istanbul for its wealth of historic and cultural attractions, our guests will be able to enjoy our upscale and full-service accommodations with easy access to the city’s wonders from this unrivalled location.”
The DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul-Old Town will feature the traditional characteristics of the worldwide brand including the warm welcome of the brand’s legendary chocolate chip cookie presented to every guest at check-in; comfortable, stylish accommodations and full-service amenities; along with a unique and caring commitment to the communities in which they operate. The upscale, full-service hotel brand has seen remarkable growth since its European introduction in the spring of 2008 with 18 DoubleTree by Hilton hotels now open in eight countries across Europe.
The DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul-Old Town features four meetings and events rooms, which are ideal for business meetings, residential conferences, social events, wedding and cocktail parties. The largest ‘Fatih’ meeting room is 1,836 square foot in size, seating up to 200 guests, and the hotel’s expert banquet staff are on hand to deliver creative menus, for any type of event. For business needs, the hotel’s 24-hour, on-site business centre provides a variety of essential support services and each meeting room features the latest in audio/visual equipment and communications technology.
For guests to relax after a busy day visiting the attractions of Istanbul or conducting business in the thriving commercial district, DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul-Old Town offers two restaurants; The Terrace serves a la carte international cuisine with traditional Turkish favourites - the perfect spot to enjoy a chic cocktail in the contemporary yet locally inspired interior. Alternatively, the hotel’s Old Town restaurant offers casual dining, located conveniently on the lobby level, and presents a delicious DoubleTree Breakfast service each morning. Guests also have access to in-room dining 24-hours a day.
The DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul-Old Town allows guests to keep fit while they travel, courtesy of the hotel’s complimentary Fitness Centre by Precor®. The Fitness Centre features the very latest in cardio and resistance equipment, or guests can stretch their legs with a stroll around Istanbul’s winding streets and exercise along the Bosphurus sidewalks. In the hotel’s spa, guests can enjoy facilities such as a whirlpool, a sauna, a Turkish bath and a steam bath.
Set in the heart of the old town peninsula on Ordu Street, the hotel address is: Mimar Kemalettin Mahallesi Ordu Cad, No:31 Beyazit-Istanbul, Turkey 34130. For more information about the DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul-Old Town, please contact your preferred travel professional, visit www.istanbuloldtown.doubletreebyhilton.com or contact the hotel directly at +90 212 453 5800.
Hilton Worldwide’s Turkish portfolio currently includes; the luxury Conrad Istanbul; full-service Adana HiltonSA, Hilton Mersin, Hilton Istanbul, Hilton ParkSA Istanbul, Hilton Izmir, Hilton Kayseri and Hilton Dalaman Resort & Spa; full-service DoubleTree by Hilton Ankara – Kolej and DoubleTree by Hilton Avanos - Cappadocia; and focused-service Hilton Garden Inn Kutahya and Hilton Garden Inn Konya.
Hilton Worldwide currently has 17 hotels in the development pipeline in Turkey, all due to open in the next three years. In 2010, the company opened its first Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Kutahya, its first DoubleTree by Hilton in Ankara and its second Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Konya. In 2011, Hilton Worldwide has already opened DoubleTree by Hilton Avanos-Cappadocia, the second Doubletree hotel in Turkey and is due to nearly double its portfolio in the next 12 months.
About DoubleTree by Hilton
With a growing collection of contemporary, upscale hotels in more than 240 gateway cities, metropolitan areas and holiday destinations worldwide, DoubleTree by Hilton’s distinctively designed properties provide true comfort to today’s business and leisure travellers. From the millions of delighted hotel guests who are welcomed with the brand’s legendary, warm chocolate chip cookies at check-in to the advantages of the award-winning Hilton HHonors® guest reward programme, each DoubleTree by Hilton guest receives a satisfying stay wherever their travels take them. To make reservations at any DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, travellers can visit www.DoubleTreebyhilton.co.uk or call 00800 2222 8733 in the UK
About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 92 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travellers the finest in accommodation, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,600 hotels and 600,000 rooms in 82 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward programme Hilton HHonors®. For more information about the company, visit www.hiltonworldwide.com.
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