Istanbul has a new hotel! However, it is not located downtown, on the historic peninsula or on the shores of the Bosphorus. The Istanbul International Airport Hotel is a place where transit passengers can rest and recuperate, even for only a couple hours. The hotel is part of the new extension to the Ataturk Airport, which opened in May. It is already 25% full and they have received advance bookings for October. We spoke to General Manager Sadettin Cesur at the new hotel. The hotel lobby and adjacent Sky Restaurant both overlook the apron.
Tell us about the hotel.
The hotel has two sections. There are 34 rooms on the landside and 51 rooms on the airside. The landside of the hotel is open to the general public"anyone can stay or eat here. The airside is only open to international and transit passengers. We accept bookings for one or two nights at the landside but the airside is more flexible. Guests can even stay for only one of two hours. This is ideal for people who have a long transit or whose flight has been delayed who want to spend some time relaxing and having a bit to eat. The airside also has a sushi and 'meze' bar.
Does the airport hotel cater mostly to business travellers?
No, families also stay with us. But this is not a first class hotel. Nevertheless, we are careful about who we allow to stay in our hotel. This is a quality establishment.
Do you have a business centre?
The airside does have a business centre catering to long staying guests. It has a meeting room. We have two meeting rooms on the landside. We offer wireless internet at various points in the terminal. Channel 37 in our hotel rooms shows the arrivals and departures information in the terminal. That way you can keep track of your flight.
How do you plan to attract guests to the hotel other than making deals with travel agencies and airlines?
We have an airport desk in arrivals before the baggage hall. The hostess hands out brochures and promotes the hotel. Tell us more about the Sky Restaurant. We serve Turkish, French, Spanish, Italian, Israeli, American, Egyptian, Chinese and Mexican food. This is an achievement in itself. Our Executive Chef created a practical menu together with the Executive Chef of BTA, Yıldırım Serim. Our customers can enjoy the flavours of nine different cuisines.
Ataturk Airport International Terminal, Yesilkoy.
Tel: +90 212 465 41 41
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