ISTANBUL—Hilton Worldwide today announced the signing of a franchise agreement with Emaytaş Turizm Gayrimenkul Yönetim Hizmetleri Sanayi ve Tic A.Ş. to open Hilton Worldwide’s first Hilton Hotels & Resorts branded property on the Asian side of Istanbul. Hilton Istanbul Kozyataği Conference Center & Spa joins a portfolio of 40 hotels across Turkey that are either currently trading or under development.
Having opened its first Turkish hotel in 1955, this latest signing marks yet another milestone for the company as it grows its portfolio across the country. The upper upscale Hilton Istanbul Kozyataği Conference Center & Spa will be located in the emerging Asian side of Istanbul, featuring 317 bedrooms and more than 2,000 square metres of events space.
In an announcement, Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide, said, “We have a long heritage in Istanbul coupled with rapid growth over recent years in what is a thriving global destination. I am delighted to be introducing Hilton Hotels & Resorts to the Asian side of Istanbul. The new hotel will complement the spectacular DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Moda which began welcoming guests in 2011.”
The hotel will comprise of two 16-story towers which sit on top of a three story podium. The upper floors of the hotel will provide views of the Marmara Sea and Princess Islands with the rooftops hosting a speciality restaurant and destination bar. The hotel will also feature a further two dining options and a large Health Club & Spa.
Hilton Istanbul Kozyataği Conference Center & Spa will feature two ballrooms of more than 500 square meters, 15 specialist meeting rooms, a 24 hour business center, and storage space.
Hakan Çağlar, Chairman of the Board, Emaytaş Turizm Gayrimenkul Yönetim Hizmetleri Sanayi ve Tic A.Ş, said, “To work with Hilton Worldwide on this significant project is a great honour and I am delighted to be opening the first Hilton branded hotel on the Asian side of Istanbul. We look forward to capitalizing on the increasing levels of visitor interest to the Asian side as well as the globally recognized Hilton name.”