Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus, which is the first international 5-star hotel in Turkey, celebrates its 60th anniversary. Serving guests since June 11th, 1955, Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus is now sharing the excitement and pleasure of 60 years of service with its guests through special events, menus and campaigns.
Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus was one of the first steps in the brand founder Conrad Hilton’s plans to penetrate the European market. During his European tour in 1950, Conrad Hilton decided to open the first hotels in Istanbul and Rome. Conrad Hilton organized a magnificent opening for Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus, or Istanbul Hilton as it was then called, on June 11th, 1955. The opening ceremony attended by many famous names including Hollywood stars, symbolized a new era in Istanbul’s urban and social life in addition to celebrating the opening. The iconic hotel which accommodated hundreds of famous people from Louis Armstrong, Brigitte Bardot, Queen Elizabeth II, and Prince Charles to Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor witnessed countless historic events and hosted many international events in 60 years.
Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus has been a pioneer and a school where numerous senior executives and specialists were trained. The hotel attracts both business and leisure travelers with its central location and proximity to congress centers. Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus also offers a peaceful refuge from the city’s chaos with its unique and large gardens.
On Thursday, June 11th, 2015, the hotel’s birthday, the 60th guest who checks in the hotel will be upgraded to the Presidential Suite. Furthermore, a birthday cocktail will be held for all guests on the same evening.
In addition to reviving the original logo from 1955, Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus also offers a special 60th anniversary menu prepared by Executive Chef Andreas Scheuregger and F&B Manager Hasan Sabuncu with an inspiration from the menus offered in 1955. The 60th Anniversary Menu offers a classic selection from 60 years of cuisine with updated presentations.
Armin Zerunyan, Hilton Worldwide Luxury Brands Turkey Manager, commented on the 60th anniversary: “Our hotel has been serving as an example of Turkish hospitality and accommodating guests without compromising service quality since it opened its doors on June 11th, 1955. As a landmark property for the Hilton brand, Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus has been home away home for countless guests and hosted numerous events during these 60 years. Going forward, we will continue to keep Hilton as a bridge of friendship between different nations and cultures and serve Istanbul and the Turkish tourism industry as best as we can in line with our founder, Conrad N. Hilton’s heritage and our corporate principles.”