Rixos moves into Turkish capital
Luxury hotel chain takes over restored historic Ankara property
Rixos Hotels has announced it will operate the Grand Hotel Ankara following a US $110 million restoration projected by Çelikler Investment Holding.
The hotel will become known as the Rixos Grand Ankara and represents Rixos Hotels first move into the Turkish capital and follows planned openings in Dubai, Kazakhstan and Bahrain.
Rixos Hotels founder and chairman Fettah Tamince stated: “The Grand Ankara Hotel has a special place in the capital’s history and Rixos Hotels is proud to be a part of the renaissance of this landmark building.
“We have been delighted with the standard of restoration undertaken by Çelikler Investment Holding and we look forward to welcoming many distinguished guests from around the world in our fourth city hotel.”
Çelikler Investment Holding claim the decision to choose Rixos Hotels as a partner had a lot to do with the hotel brands founder and chairman.
Çelikler Investment Holding vice president of the board of directors, Tahir Çelik, said: “We have always been cautious and calculating in our investments and the choice to partner with Rixos Hotels was logical given Fettah Tamince’s efficiency and understanding of the tourism sector.
“He has also been instrumental in raising the bar in terms of the quality of the tourism sector in Turkey and this investment will mark the beginning of a new era in Ankara.”
The restoration programme at the hotel included a 28 metre long chandelier adorned with 72,000 crystal balls and made by Turkish craftsmen, which has become the largest chandelier in the country.
It has also improved the green credentials of the property through the storage of surplus energy from its cogeneration system — increasing the efficiency of the building’s power usage.
“We spared no expense in the restoration process of the hotel,” claimed Çelik. “We were very conscious to implement the highest quality in every step and this is evident in the restoration cost.”