Istanbul’s status on the global tourism stage moved up a notch this month, following the opening of an iconic new hotel by one of the world’s largest hotel companies, American group Choice Hotels International.
Choice’s newly built Clarion Hotel & Suites Istanbul Sisli is located between the Levent and Taksim business areas and close to the cultural sightseeing spots in Istanbul. Its launch is a boost for the area, which is becoming an attractive place to own residential property in Istanbul.
“We are very excited about the opening of the first Choice Hotel in Turkey with the Clarion brand,” said Mark Pearce, Senior Vice President International Division, Choice Hotels International. “Turkey is an emerging economy with an extremely attractive hotel market and Istanbul has become a thriving destination for business and leisure travellers. We are pleased to have a presence in one of the most vibrant cities that straddles both Europe and the Middle East.”
Offering 135 modern and elegant rooms including 45 spacious suites designed for long stays, Clarion Hotel & Suites Istanbul Sisli is only 25 minutes from International Ataturk Airport. Guests also benefit from a lobby-lounge with a bar and a restaurant that can serve 200 guests. Also available is a spa area with sauna, a massage-room, a hairdresser and a modern gym. With three individual combinable conference rooms for up to 200, the hotel is also able to host conferences and events.
The hotel is owned and operated by Aktas Turizm Insaat A.S under franchise agreement with Choice Hotels. Hotel owner Mehmet Aras, who also constructed the hotel, commented: “The decision to join Choice Hotels was the right one on all fronts. Istanbul is a very international city attracting many travellers from around the world, and we therefore will benefit greatly from Choice’s global reputation and brand recognition. The hotel is located in the best business location in Istanbul, and we hope to attract many business travellers with our elegant rooms and suites.”