Starwood to open two new hotels in Turkey
Bursa (Turkey), July 10, 2013
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has announced its foray into the Turkish city of Bursa with the launch of two new hotels - Sheraton Bursa Hotel and Aloft Bursa Hotel.
Owned by Faik Celik Holding, the two hotels expand Starwood’s rapidly-growing portfolio to nine hotels across Turkey, adding more than 300 rooms to the culturally-charged industrial centre, said a statement from the hospitality giant.
The opening of the Sheraton Bursa Hotel fuels the brand’s growth as it remains on track to celebrate the opening of its 500th hotel by 2015, it stated.
Aloft Bursa Hotel contributes to the phenomenal growth of the mid-market brand as it is poised to grow by 30 per cent in 2013 with its 75th hotel to open later this year, it added.
“We are delighted to be working with Faik Celik Holdings, the owners of the Sheraton and Aloft Bursa, our first Starwood hotels in this important city in Turkey,” said Michael Wale, the president of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East.
“Bursa is an emerging metropolitan centre of industry, culture, sport and leisure and we believe this combination of our differentiated lifestyle brands with a new city destination will make a compelling offer to global travellers,” he stated.
Faik Celik Holding CEO Baran Çelik said the opening of these two hotels marks a milestone in this fast-growing city’s development.
"We believe that Starwood’s strong global brands will attract international and national travellers as well as local guests. Both the hotels are situated in an emerging business and upscale residential area adjacent to the Bursa New Cultural Green Park and upcoming football stadium," he added.
Located on the south-east shore of Sea of Marmara, approximately 235 kilometres from Istanbul, Bursa is a rapidly emerging city in Turkey with a young population attracted by opportunities in its textile and automotive industries, as well as the tourism and sports sectors.
The city was the first capital of the Ottoman Empire, playing an important role in silk manufacturing, and is today the 'greenest' city in Turkey with easy access to Mount Uludag, the country’s prime skiing resort.
Sheraton Bursa comprises 171 elegant guest rooms, including 10 spacious suites, all equipped with the signature all-white Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed, designed using the AAA Five Diamond Award criteria.
The contemporary and warm interiors feature light Turkish design accents, providing travellers with a comfortable home away from home. Located on the 13th floor, the Presidential Suite features a spacious living area, a master bedroom, a kitchen and a cocktail bar, as well as a private whirlpool.
Aloft Bursa delivers high style at an affordable price with 133 spacious guest rooms, all featuring the brand’s signature loft-like ceilings, oversized windows and ultra-comfortable platform beds, as well as large walk-in showers with Bliss Spa amenities.
Each room is also equipped with wireless internet access and a one-stop plug-and-play connectivity solution for multiple electronic gadgets such as PDAs, mobile phones, mp3 players and laptops – all linked to a large flat panel HDTV ready television, turning the room into a high-tech office as well as an entertainment centre.-TradeArabia News Service