Mrs Oztekin, could you provide us with a brief overview of your personal background?
After being raised in Istanbul and graduating from a local University I moved to London to further my studies. Following my studies my career within the hospitality industry began in Istanbul at Ciragan Palace Hotel Kempinski and after a brief spell there I worked at Hilton Worldwide for 13 years. Throughout my career, I was involved first hand in the merger between Hilton International and Hilton Corporation (Hilton and Conrad Hotels) in Turkey having worked as a Director of Sales for both companies in the years preceding the operation. I was then offered a position as General Manager at The Sofa Hotels and Residences in 2010 and I have been working here ever since.
Please provide an insight on The Sofa Hotels and Residences Nisantasi facilities, including the area in which the hotel is found and your accommodations.
The Sofa Hotel Nisantasi is all about comfort; we have uniquely designed sofas in each room and this is where our name derives from. Our location is also unique. Nisantasi was a residential area for several years but now developed into a prestigious shopping area and is considered one of Istanbul’s most exclusive neighborhoods. Moving onto our premises. At The Sofa Hotel Nisantasi we have 82 bedrooms of which 17 are suites spread across 5 guest floors. Some of our rooms – named tranquility rooms – face onto an interior Japanese garden and if you crave for peace these are definitely the place where to be. All our rooms are at least 40 square meters, a great size for a downtown hotel, are modernly designed, with wooden floors throughout and offer WI-FI internet access, LCD TV sets, CD and DVD players. At The Sofa Hotel Nisantasi we believe that comfort and space go hand in hand. That is why we also offer sofas in each room, designed exclusively for our hotel, have equipped our toilets with relaxing rain shower facilities and operate an ‘Anytime, Anything’ service, a 24 hours service to accommodate our guests wishes ‘Anytime. Our Café Sofa, located on the first floor, then offers gourmet international breakfast, lunch and dinner while at the HallArts special events venue guests can experience our unique pieces of visual art. We also offer five meeting rooms all equipped with the latest technologies and spread over a 1200 square meters facility. The capacity of our meeting rooms ranges from 10 to 200 people and in the largest room we can accommodate up to 200 people sitting in theatre style. Finally, located on the top floor of The Sofa Hotel there is the Frankie Restaurant that offers innovative Mediterranean cuisine and is widely considered one of Istanbul’s finest dining experiences.
The Sofa Hotels & Residences in Nisantasi is perhaps best known for its modern gallery hall. What more can you tell us about this facility?
At The Sofa Hotel Nisantasi we invest substantially in the contemporary art concept and the HallArts venue is a 500 square meters special events facility of which we are extremely proud. We also sponsor one of the largest arts events in Turkey, Contemporary Istanbul, an international art fair taking place in November each year. As proud sponsors to this event we accommodate many artists during the year and this provides us with an opportunity to exhibit their artwork. The Sofa Hotel Nisantasi is the only hotel in Istanbul with its own art gallery and we do not market ourselves only as an exhibition venue, but also as a special events venue for launches, special performances, parties, workshops and more. Companies working within the fashion industry for instance often resort to our HallArts for private parties. We display more than 300 pieces of artwork mainly from Turkish contemporary artists and some pieces, like the one’s in our elevators, were especially designed and created for the hotel. It is also worth emphasizing that some of the artwork is on sale and that we carry out special exhibitions for renowned artists throughout the year.
Please provide an overview of The Sofa Hotel Spa and wellness facility.
The Sofa Spa & Wellness offers 8-treatment rooms, 2 therapy rooms and a variety of Asian, Balinese, Moroccan and Indian massages applied by professional therapists’. We offer skin and body care products and can count on an experienced beauty esthetician for skin care related services. Our facility includes a Turkish Hammam, a sauna, a relaxing pool, a Pilates’ studio and a fitness center. It is worth emphasizing that Traditional Turkish Hammam is private and used by appointment only.
Have you got a final message for our international readership?
The Sofa Hotel Nisantasi offers a new generation of luxurious accommodations within walking distance to international brands, distinguished restaurants, bars and cafes. We pride ourselves on our personalized guest approach and actually research our guests before they come and visit us. We operate a highly customer orientated approach to keep our clients happy and make sure that they remember their ‘The Sofa’ experience for some time to come. Our service is impeccable, the quality of our food excellent and the art complements well our guests stay and most of all differentiates us from other hotels in the city.