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A true meeting oasis within one of Europe's most vibrant cities
[ON LOCATION] GREG OATES
he new Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference
Center opened in January in the upscale Bomonti
residential neighborhood overlooking the Bosphorus Sea.
The many surprises and intelligent group features at this property,
along with a luxurious design more typical of Hilton's Conrad
or Waldorf Astoria brands, have set a new standard for Hilton
in Europe. The resort-like amenities of this hotel will change
the way Istanbul is perceived in the U.S. group market. Ataturk
International Airport is 30 minutes away without heavy trafﬁc.
Everything about Hilton Bomonti is oversized beginning with
the largest lobby lounge we've ever seen, below soaring 40-foot
ceilings. Champagne, chocolate and caramel colors invigorate
seating for over 100, anchored by a large see-through ﬁreplace.
The 829-room hotel with 85 suites is designed like a
3-pronged star with 11 elevators in the center, enabling quick
access to public areas and 132,000 sf of meeting space. Groupspeciﬁc check-in desks in the main lobby and entrance to the
Grand Ballroom greet guests.
"There is nothing on this scale in Europe," says Baris
Agacbuken, director of conference/event services. "There are
maybe 10 urban hotels on the continent with this many rooms
and the size of group space and public areas that we have here."
A short walk from the lobby leads to four, naturally-lit
descending ﬂoors of meeting space. The ground ﬂoor Junior
Ballroom has ﬂoor-to-ceiling windows and doors that open out
to the Crystal Garden, offering indoor/outdoor event and elegant
dinner options below pretty Czech crystal lighting.
Breakouts and prefunction space large enough for small
exhibitions are on the ﬂoors below. All of the breakouts and
ballrooms feature "iRoom Touch" technology that is controlled by
a removable iPad.
On the lowest ﬂoor, the Grand Ballroom hosts 3,200
pax theater-style, with drive-in access for small trucks and a
dedicated kitchen as large as the ballroom. Up to 10 full-size
coaches can park on-site in front of the Grand Ballroom entrance
The penthouse level holds the executive lounge, the hip
Cloud34 bar and a private dining room, three unique F&B venues
located at the end of each wing with great views of either the
Bosphorus or the city.
All guest rooms and suites feature gracious amounts of ﬂoor
space, crisp and warm decor and desks with easily accessible
media panels hooked up to ﬂat screen TVs.
The market-like design of the main dining area on the ground
ﬂoor has an entirely open demonstration kitchen and a wide
variety of live cooking stations. Four themed restaurants serve
Turkish, Mediterranean, Asian/Sushi and Western Grill cuisines.
The hotel's 57,000-sf spa is anchored by a long lap pool,
which is rare in Istanbul. Large and small hammams can be
rented out for private group spa time. The ﬁtness facilities offer
plenty of space, daylight, and private rental space for yoga and
And this you're going to love. Across from the Hilton's port
cochere, the ex-Bomonti Brewing Factory is a historic series of
buildings that have been restored for additional, industrial-chic
meeting space and eight F&B outlets.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Prevue March-April 2014
Planner's Pick: Dallas
Fresh Meets: Marriott Hotels
Bureau Buzz: Montreal
Good Business: Sandals Foundation
Sea Shores: State of the Cruise Industry
Incentives, Golf + Spa
Special Section: California
On Location: Loews Don CeSar St. Pete
On Location: Chic Outlets
On Location: New Zealand
On Location: Los Cabos
On Location: Scottsdale
On Location: Aruba Hyatt Regency
On Location: Dolce Silverado
On Location: St. Croix
On Location: Hilton Bomonti Turkey
On Location: Aruba Marriott
Checkout: Conrad Pune, India
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