LONDON. 12 JULY 2016 Choice Hotels International, Inc., one of the largest hotel companies in the world and known for the Comfort, Quality, Clarion and Ascend Hotel Collection brands here in Europe, announced today that it has expanded its Clarion Hotel portfolio with three new properties in Turkey, bringing the international chain’s number of properties in the country to four.
Two of the new properties are located in Istanbul, and the third is located in the Southern Turkish city of Kahramanmaraş, known as Maras.
Clarion Hotel Golden Horn is a modern, newly built hotel situated centrally in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul on the banks of the Golden Horn. It overlooks the Bosphorus Strait and is close to the Fener and Balat old-style neighbourhoods with its traditional wooden houses, Byzantine churches and ancient synagogues. The hotel is ten minutes away from the city’s old town, the famous Taksim Square and the business and financial district Levent.
Each of its well-equipped 185 rooms are furnished in a modern style, 106 of them are deluxe rooms and five are suites benefitting from breathtaking panoramic views over the Golden Horn.20 of the suites and deluxe rooms rooms also offer a private balcony. The hotel’s ballroom can be transformed into three functional meeting rooms, and its onsite restaurant serves international and Turkish cuisines.
Clarion Hotel Istanbul Mahmutbey is located in Istanbul’s vibrant district of Bagcilar and close to the international Atatürk Airport, providing guests with a free airport shuttle service. It offers 237 ultra-modern rooms and eight suites, a restaurant and lounge bar. Seven function rooms are available for meetings and conferences as well as a ballroom for large conventions and corporate events for up to 500 people. The hotel also offers an indoor swimming pool, sauna and fitness centre.
The third property, Clarion Hotel Kahramanmaraş opened in the Southern Turkish city of Kahramanmaraş which benefits from excellent air transport links to Istanbul and Ankara. Located in the heart of this regional capital city, the hotel has 116 rooms and one suite, a restaurant and a bistro, and a large wellness centre with fitness room, swimming pool and a salt and steam bath. It also offers four conference rooms for private and corporate events.
Choice’s first property in Turkey, Clarion Hotel & Suites Istanbul Sisli, opened in 2014, and free WiFi is available throughout all the Turkish properties in Choice’s portfolio.
“We are thrilled to add to our Turkish hotel portfolio by opening two more hotels in vibrant and cosmopolitan Istanbul, as well as our first property in the south of the country. While less known internationally, we see great demand from domestic business travellers to provide good quality, well-priced hotel accommodations in Turkey’s secondary and regional cities,” said Mark Pearce, senior vice president, international division, for Choice Hotels.
Last month Choice Hotels announced the signing of a master development agreement to introduce and develop three of Choice’s most prominent brands, Clarion, Comfort and Quality, across the UAE and Saudi Arabia which is anticipated to deliver approximately 25 hotels and 8,000 hotel rooms for Choice’s portfolio in the UAE and Saudi Arabia by 2021.
Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) is one of the world's largest lodging companies. With more than 6,500 hotels franchised in more than 40 countries and territories, Choice Hotels International represents more than 500,000 rooms around the globe. As of June 30, 2017, 792 hotels were in our development pipeline. Our company's Ascend Hotel Collection™, Cambria™ hotels & suites, Comfort Inn™, Comfort Suites™, Sleep Inn™, Quality™, Clarion™, MainStay Suites™, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel™, Econo Lodge™, Rodeway Inn™, and Vacation Rentals by Choice Hotels™ brands provide a spectrum of lodging choices to meet guests' needs. With more than 33 million members and counting, our Choice Privileges™ rewards program enhances every trip a guest takes, with benefits ranging from instant, every day rewards to exceptional experiences, starting right when they join. All hotels and vacation rentals are independently owned and operated. Visit us at www.ChoiceHotels.com for more information.