Mövenpick Hotel Ankara opens in thriving heart of capital’s new business district

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Third hotel in Turkey for the upscale hospitality company of Swiss heritage. “Discover Ankara” package celebrates opening.

Mövenpick Hotel Ankara Lobby

New Mövenpick Hotel Ankara Lobby

“The city is the perfect location for our third hotel in Turkey after openings in Istanbul and Izmir and a great demonstration of our confident international growth.”

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is delighted to announce the opening of the 176-room Mövenpick Hotel Ankara, a new exciting contemporary hotel based in the heart of the Turkish capital’s fast-developing Söğütözü business district.

Just 30km from the city’s international airport, the district is rapidly becoming a business base for global companies such as EON, BP and Oracle as well as home to Turkish government ministries, cutting edge medical facilities, ambitious media companies and luxurious residential developments.

The hotel is just 500 metres from the biggest convention and exhibition centre in Ankara, the newly opened 80,000 sqm Congresium, and next door to the prestigious five-storey, 155-store Armada Shopping Mall, a winner of the “Best Shopping Mall of the Year” voted by the International Council of Shopping Centres.

“Ankara’s success as an international business hub is helping to shape Turkey’s reputation as a global economic powerhouse,” says Ola Ivarsson, chief operating officer for Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts in Europe. “The city is the perfect location for our third hotel in Turkey after openings in Istanbul and Izmir and a great demonstration of our confident international growth.”

“The combination of a convenient business location and the reputation for Swiss reliability, care and authentic warm welcome that Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts brings to the hotel are certain to ensure it will be a great success,” said Enis Pekuysal, president of Varan Otelcilik A.S., the owning company of the property.

The Mövenpick Hotel Ankara is a welcome addition to the 21st century skyscraper success of Söğütözü offering a bold architectural statement its own. The design of the hotel reflects the curved shape of Turkey’s famous Nazar Boncuğu – the eye-shaped amulet traditionally worn to ward off evil – with a 12-storey central atrium and glass ceiling that floods the hotel with natural light.

Despite the confident contemporary feel there are motifs and materials that reference traditional influences from the Turkish marble swirling around the spacious floors of public areas to the enormous glittering lobby chandelier created from hundreds of handmade crystal balls, a reminder of the country’s proud glass-making heritage.

Soft greens, relaxing autumnal tones and American walnut define the relaxed ambience of the rooms, while sophisticated media hub workstations provide the space to get down to business quickly and efficiently.

Large flat-screen televisions, glass partitioned bathrooms and stunning city views are signatures of many of the superior rooms, while the dedicated Executive Floors on the 11th and 12thfloors offer exclusive access to an Executive Lounge, terrace, meeting room, complimentary snacks and drinks and private check in.

Based in the heart of Ankara’s exciting new business district, the hotel is ideally located for meetings, seminars or conferences. With nine meeting spaces including the stylish 390 sqm Bern Ballroom, Mövenpick Hotel Ankara offers flexible function spaces that can be customised to host between eight and 450 guests.

The hotel’s wellness and fitness centre, meanwhile, includes four massage rooms, a Turkish ‘hammam’ bath, sauna, indoor plunge pool, whirlpool and cardio fitness zone. International spa classics as well as Turkish treatments are always available.

The flagship restaurant at the hotel is Plus, a name that celebrates the internationally recognisable white on red plus symbol of the Swiss flag as well as proving a welcome ‘plus' to the local culinary landscape. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant serves a range of Turkish culinary classics and Mediterranean favourites as well as Mövenpick Swiss signature dishes. Local specialities include in-house dry-aged beef, Turkish cheeses, “sujuc” spicy sausage and a delicious variety of Turkish vintages.

With such a combination of local and international flavours, sparkling decorative crystal details by Turkish artisans at Paşabahçe as well as a private dining area for up to 15 guests, Plus is likely to be hugely popular as a business lunch venue while affordable good quality evening meals are certain to attract local diners as well as in-house guests.

Discover the magic of Ankara

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has launched a special package designed to unlock the secrets of Ankara. “Discover Ankara” combines landmark sightseeing with world-class shopping and traditional experiences such as Turkish massage treatments and locally inspired cuisine.

The EUR399 package includes two nights for two in a superior room, buffet breakfast; return transfers to the Anatolian Civilisation Museum and Cengelhan Rahmi M. Koç Museum, entrance fees and a traditional Turkish lunch in Cengelhan Koç.

A set-menu dinner at the hotel’s Plus restaurant including a bottle of wine, free Wi-Fi, a one-hour classic Turkish bath massage and free parking are also included in the price.

For guests keen to enjoy the city’s highlights, the hotel is the perfect base from which to explore a wealth of unique experiences from Ankara Castle and Coppersmiths Market to the Open Bazaar and numerous fashionable new malls.

The package is available until 29 December, 2012 and can be booked at http://www.moevenpick-ankara.com.

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About Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts:
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, an international upscale hotel management company with over 16’000 staff members, is represented in 24 countries with 72 hotels and resorts currently in operation. More than 30 properties are planned or already under construction, including this year’s openings in Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh and Soma Bay (Egypt), Ankara (Turkey), Chiang Mai and Koh Samui (Thailand), Palawan (Philippines), Dubai (UAE) and Paris (France).
Focusing on expansion in its core markets of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts specialises in business and conference hotels, as well as holiday resorts, all reflecting a sense of place and respect for their local communities. Of Swiss heritage and headquartered in Zurich, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is passionate about delivering premium service, culinary enjoyment and sustainable environments – all with a personal touch.
The hotel company is owned by the Mövenpick Holding (66.7%) and the Kingdom Group (33.3%). For more information please visit http://www.moevenpick-hotels.com.

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