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THE FIRST MEETING OF THE PENINSULA HOTELS IN ISTANBUL

The Peninsula Istanbul, which is the newest member of The Peninsula Hotels brand worldwide and will open on February 14, 2023, presented its valuable business partners, mostly Turkish, who made it possible to reveal its fascinating structures, at the preview invitation held in its iconic lobby, which opened its doors for the first time on January 17, 2023.

Dear business partners of The Peninsula Istanbul; Zeynep Fadıllıoğlu, the protagonist of interior design projects, art consultant Çağla Saraç, landscape architect Enzo Enea, fashion designer Arzu Kaprol and two-Michelin-star chef Fatih Tutak, took place for the first time in the iconic high-ceilinged The Peninsula lobby of the historic passenger terminal building from the early 20th century. announced at the meeting.

The Peninsula Tea Time, which is thought to become a classic in Istanbul in a short time, as it is all over the world, was brought together with surprise flavors for the first time at this event. The event was held by Clement Kwok, Chairman and Managing Director of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited, Peter Borer, Chief Operating Officer of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited, Mark Kobayashi, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Jonathan Crook, General Manager of The Peninsula Istanbul. hosted by.

Clement Kwok, Chairman and Managing Director of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited: “This is an important milestone for our group. Istanbul is one of the most dynamic cities in the world and embodies East and West, an incredible mix of old and new. We look forward to the future, and as a company with an extraordinary heritage, we look forward to welcoming our local guests and international visitors to experience The Peninsula’s world-renowned luxury hospitality and service.” He expressed his excitement and happiness about the opening.

Regarding the hotel opening, Jonathan Crook, General Manager of The Peninsula Istanbul, said, “The Peninsula Hotels, which was established in 1928, with its flagship in Hong Kong, after Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, New York, Chicago, Beverly Hills, Paris, Bangkok and Manila, Istanbul. Located in , London will be completed very soon. During the 23 years I spent at The Peninsula Hotels, which I joined in 2000, I had the privilege of serving in various positions in various hotels. Istanbul, which connects the two great continents of the world, has a very special place in the history of humanity as the meeting point of cultures for centuries. Coincidentally, today is my first anniversary in this beautiful city and it is my pleasure and honor to introduce The Peninsula Istanbul to you for the first time in this unique location. At The Peninsula, we are best known for our personalized service and attention to detail. But more importantly, all of our hotels have their own unique personalities, designs and cultures. Every detail has been carefully designed at The Peninsula Istanbul. We aimed to create a magnificent hotel that reflects the richness of Istanbul’s heritage, but also embodies the dynamism and energy of today. I sincerely believe that The Peninsula Istanbul will be the center of attention of not only Istanbul but the whole world with its iconic features, impeccable service and flavors. But most importantly, it will create lasting memories for our guests with the perfect blend of Turkish hospitality and The Peninsula traditions.” He said, “It is a great pleasure to have worked with many of Turkey’s leading creative names to create the unique aesthetic of our hotel. These artists not only provide an authentic and beautiful environment for our guests, but also share the cultural heritage of their own countries. He made a great effort to reflect it.” conveyed in his words.

Mert Güzel, Nilgün Arsankan Ergül, Jonathan H.Crook, Çağla Saraç, Peter Borer, Fatih Tutak, Clement Kwok, Arzu Kaprol, Zeynep Fadıllıoğlu, Murat Katran

A Staff of Creative Partners

The work and curation of The Peninsula Istanbul’s business partners has ensured that every aspect of the hotel (garden, kitchen, special scent, interior decorations and arrangements of each area and rooms) is flawless. The results embody both the distinctive Turkish style and the classic elegance of The Peninsula brand.

Among the valuable business partners of The Peninsula Istanbul are:

  • Architect and interior designer Zeynep Fadıllıoğlu has designed many unique public and private spaces in the Middle East, Asia and Europe, including the Şakirin Mosque in Istanbul. As seen in the elegant interiors of The Peninsula Istanbul, Fadıllıoğlu’s signature style, integrating modern design elements with traditional Turkish motifs, meticulously transforms modern design elements into strikingly beautiful creations by combining them with regional craftsmanship details.
  • Award-winning international landscape architect Enzo Enea brought his expertise in creating outdoor spaces and gardens in a variety of climate zones around the world (including exclusive designs for royalty and celebrities, and the world’s unique Enea tree museum, which blends old trees from being knocked down with contemporary sculptures). He brought his expert perspective and knowledge of natural vegetation to the vast, iconic location of the Istanbul Historic Peninsula overlooking the Bosphorus. The hotel’s unique location has undergone extensive research; Information was collected about shadow formation, precipitation, wind and light conditions according to the season, and information was given about the design and layout of the landscape. About the project, Enea said, “When I first visited the site, I immediately felt the historical spirit of Karaköy. We wanted to integrate The Peninsula Istanbul with its location and make the landscape a unifying element around the four buildings.”
  • Doğuş Group’s Academic and Artistic Consultant Çağla Saraç worked intensively with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey to protect and promote the artistic treasures of her country. He used his deep expertise in modern and classical Turkish art to select a diverse collection of original artworks displayed in the common areas and rooms at The Peninsula Istanbul.
  • Arzu Kaprol’s meticulous craftsmanship combined with her modern sensibility and interest in extraordinary fabrics, is the famous fashion designer whose collections are presented at Paris Fashion Week and featured in exclusive retail outlets such as Harrods in London, Bergdorf Goodman in New York and Montaigne Market in Paris. manifests itself in the uniform designs he created for the employees of The Peninsula Istanbul.
  • The founders of the Nishane brand, Mert Güzel and Murat Katran, who are passionately in love with the mysterious scents and rich heritage of Istanbul, the city where they were born and grew up, created a special fragrance called “Citrus Fig & Bosphorus Breeze” for The Peninsula Istanbul’s in-room bathroom products collection. While creating the fragrance, Nishane focused on the fig trees from the Byzantine period of Istanbul. Citrus and floral notes of lemon, mandarin, lavandin, lily-of-the-valley, and jasmine are added to evoke the complexity and beauty of the city, to complement the fig with a freshness and charm. Products that do not contain harmful chemicals such as paraben and silicone; In accordance with the sustainable luxury concept of The Peninsula Hotels brand, packaging that does not contain 99.9% disposable petroleum plastics was used.
  • The first and only two-Michelin-starred Turkish chef, Fatih Tutak, has a worldwide career in which he has won one of the most prestigious awards in gastronomy. Having previously worked at two of the world’s most famous restaurants – NOMA in Copenhagen and Nihonryori Ryugin in Tokyo – Fatih Tutak spent many years in China and Hong Kong, where his passion for Asian and Silk Road cuisine began to develop. After returning to Turkey after 16 years, Turk opened Fatih Tutak and now creates a delicious and innovative Turkish-Asian cuisine in his role as the Director Chef of Gallada, the signature restaurant of The Peninsula Istanbul. With its menu and interior design, Gallada is a main dining room lavishly furnished with Turkish fabrics, fixtures and tile mosaics; It will offer a unique experience with pomegranate trees and a splendid terrace framing the unique view of the Bosphorus and the Historic Peninsula of a cascading fountain.

Heritage Charm on the Bosphorus
The Peninsula Istanbul, the newest member of The Peninsula’s worldwide unique portfolio of elegant and luxury, will officially open on February 14, 2023. Guests wishing to plan a stay or event at The Peninsula Istanbul can make their reservations through The Peninsula Istanbul’s website peninsula.com/istanbul or their preferred travel consultants. The Peninsula Istanbul website features the project’s 177 specially designed rooms and suites in different categories, invitation areas, elegant buildings, gardens and outdoor spaces. The Peninsula Istanbul, with its location in Galataport, a new seaside living project with museums, restaurants and boutiques in Karaköy; It offers an accommodation experience within walking distance of Galata Tower, Galata Bridge, Hagia Sophia Mosque, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace.

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