Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of the 176-room Mövenpick Hotel Ankara, a new contemporary hotel based in the heart of the Turkish capital’s fast-developing Söğütözü business district, ideally located for meetings, seminars or conferences.
With nine meeting spaces including the stylish 390sqm Bern Ballroom, Mövenpick Hotel Ankara offers flexible function spaces that can be customised to host between eight and 450 guests.
The hotel is just 500 metres from the biggest convention and exhibition centre in Ankara, the newly opened 80,000sqm Congresium, and next door to the prestigious five-storey, 155-store Armada Shopping Mall.
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.
“Ankara’s success as an international business hub is helping to shape Turkey’s reputation as a global economic powerhouse,” said Ola Ivarsson, chief operating officer for Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts in Europe.
The Mövenpick Hotel Ankara is a welcome addition to the 21st century skyscraper success of Söğütözü, offering a bold architectural statement of 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.