The property featuring 249 rooms is already under construction and scheduled to welcome the first guests in Q4 2013. It is Carlson Rezidor's 7th hotel in Istanbul and further strengthens the group's leading position within the upper upscale segment in Istanbul. All across Turkey, Carlson Rezidor now operates and develops 11 hotels.
"Turkey with its mega city Istanbul is a focus country for our group. We see a considerable growth potential for our core brands Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson, and aim to further expand our network together with established partners", said Wolfgang M. Neumann, President & CEO of Rezidor.
The new Radisson Blu hotel is located in the Tuzla district of Anatolian Istanbul and 35km southeast of the main city center. Besides 249 rooms and suites with contemporary design and Radisson Blu signature services such as free high speed internet access, the hotel will also offer 2 restaurants with terrace, 3 bars, and 3,300m² of meeting facilities – comprising a 580m² ballroom and a 580m² conference room, as well as 8 meeting rooms from 30 to 260m². Moreover, the first class & full service property will have an indoor and outdoor pool, a wellness area total of 4,000m² including sauna and Hammam, massage facilities, a tennis court, a large garden, and parking facilities.
Tuzla is home to Istanbul's Formula 1 race track, the Turkish Naval Academy and several universities. The area is also popular amongst wealthy residents to have a second home outside the busy city centre of Istanbul. The surroundings of the hotel are characterized by smaller business parks and high class retail outlets. Adjacent to the property, several luxury villas for residential use are being built.
The hotel is 3km from the Sabiha Gokçen International Airport, Istanbul's second international airport. In 2012, the airport handled 9.5 million domestic travelers and 5 million international visitors and the passenger traffic is estimated to continue its exponential growth for the forthcoming years.