The FINANCIAL — Having recently announced four new hotel deals in Turkey, Hilton Worldwide on April 4 confirmed another signing: the Hilton Garden Inn Istanbul Airport, located just four kilometres from Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport (IST).
"Expected to open in late 2013, the hotel will join Hilton Worldwide’s development pipeline, bolstering the portfolio with its strategic location at one of the country’s busiest airports," the company informed.
Located next to the Ataturk Boulevard, just a few minutes drive from the main terminal buildings, Hilton Garden Inn Istanbul Airport will provide guests with a mid-market solution on the doorstep of the airport, and within easy reach of the historic centre of Istanbul. Ataturk Airport is a major domestic and international hub with flight connections across Europe, the Americas, Middle East, Africa and Asia. According to the company the new build hotel will be part of a mixed use office and residential development, offering 227 bedrooms alongside significant meetings and events space.
“Turkey continues to be one of our most exciting markets for hotel development in Europe,” said Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, Europe and Africa, Hilton Worldwide. “The appetite for our portfolio of brands in major cities, regional centres and resort locations continues with strong momentum in Turkey and we are delighted to have signed a Hilton Garden Inn within close proximity of Ataturk Airport.”
Hilton Garden Inn Istanbul Airport will join the portfolio following the signing of a management agreement with Saray Dokum ve Madeni Aksam Sanayi Turizm A.Ş. The hotel will provide the Hilton Garden Inn brand’s key signature offerings which include the Garden Sleep System bed and ergonomic Mirra chair by Herman Miller – ideal for travellers looking for a good night’s sleep and comfortable stay. There will also be a 24-hour business centre and complimentary high speed Wi-Fi internet access throughout, as well as a fitness centre, indoor swimming pool, steam room and sauna.
For business and social events, an impressive meeting space will be approximately 770 square metres in size and provide a large event room, pre-function area and four additional meeting rooms. The hotel will include an all-day dining restaurant and lobby bar as well as the brand’s signature 24-hour Pavilion Pantry for light snacks and refreshments.
Adrian Kurre, global head, Hilton Garden Inn, said, “Hilton Garden Inn has seen great success in Turkey and as our brand continues to expand internationally, we look forward to introducing more travellers to what sets the brand apart from our competitors. HGI is the perfect hotel for mid-market business and leisure travellers with stylish interiors and excellent service, all at an affordable rate.”
Ahmet Sarayli, owner, Hilton Garden Inn Istanbul Airport, said, “We believe in the high potential of tourism in Istanbul. We expect that our partnership with Hilton Worldwide to open a Hilton Garden Inn will help shape the future of the area. Hilton Garden Inn Istanbul Airport will be in a prime location and will benefit from a close proximity to the city.”
Hilton Worldwide has operated in Turkey since 1955 and currently offers a portfolio of 15 hotels. Hilton Worldwide expects to open 11 hotels in 2011 with the most recent openings including DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul – Old Town, DoubleTree by Hilton Avanos – Cappadocia, and DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Moda.