Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus, the first international hotel in Turkey, celebrates its 60th anniversary

Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus, the first international 5-star hotel in Turkey and the longest standing Hilton Worldwide facility outside the US, 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.


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.”
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. And Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus, or Istanbul Hilton as it was then called, was opened on June 11th, 1955.
Attaching special importance to Istanbul Hilton, Conrad Hilton organized a magnificent opening for the hotel. 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.
The opening of the first international 5-star hotel also introduced a brand new industrial standard and service quality to the Turkish accommodation industry. 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.
About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 95 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company’s portfolio of twelve world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,350 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 720,000 rooms in 94 countries and territories, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®. Visit news.hiltonworldwide.com for more information .

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