SOURCE: Mariott International

Mariott International

November 12, 2013 15:43 ET

Luxury Istanbul Hotel Welcomes One of Its Own as the New General Manager

Drawing on More Than 20 Years' Experience, The Istanbul EDITION's New GM Combines Proven Expertise With a Passion for Superior Hospitality

ISTANBUL, TURKEY--(Marketwired - Nov 12, 2013) - There's no better interview process than working with someone, a fact that both The Istanbul EDITION and Banu Kirmaz well know. After working for three years at The Istanbul EDITION as Director of Finance and Human Resources, Ms. Kirmaz made the transition to become the property's General Manager in May 2013.

Ms. Kirmaz is no stranger to the hospitality industry or the Marriott brands, for that matter. While she devoted the first 10 years of her career to banking, she joined The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul in 2003 as Director of Finance after a headhunter suggested she apply for the job.

The new position turned out to be Ms. Kirmaz's true calling. She worked her way up to become the Area Director of Finance for The Ritz-Carlton before she heard about a new brand that was about to be launched by Marriott. Dubbed "EDITION," the concept centered on luxury boutique hotels designed by Ian Schrager and which embodied an electric mix of energy, style and unbeatable location. With the support of her colleagues and supervisors, Ms. Kirmaz volunteered to become part of the initial team at The Istanbul EDITION.

Now, as the property's General Manager, Ms. Kirmaz has the opportunity to oversee one of the most dynamic and luxurious boutique hotels in Istanbul. Located near Taksim Square, the luxury hotel attracts cosmopolitan guests from all over the world who are keen to experience the hotel's exquisite appointments and service along with its easy distance to the Grand Bazaar, high-end shops, the Bosphorus, Istinye Park and more.

Given Ms. Kirmaz's professional experience, familiarity with the hotel itself and track record for excellence, guests of The Istanbul EDITION will not be disappointed. "This is not only a job for me," explained Ms. Kirmaz. "The hotel is my baby. We are a happy family all together, and what we create with our guests is a kind of magic that all of us own and embrace with the utmost dignity."

About The Istanbul EDITION
As one of the most luxurious hotels in Turkey's largest and best-known city, The Istanbul EDITION welcomes its guests with distinctive charm. The 77 guestrooms and one suite were designed by the legendary Ian Schrager to resemble jewel-boxes: Each one is wrapped in rosewood or soaped oak and complemented by marble bathrooms (equipped with rain showers and separate tubs) and Bang & Olufsen flat-screen LED televisions. Not only are these rooms beautiful, they are bigger than any other in the city, and they perfectly prime guests for the sightseeing that surrounds this ideally situated property. Located just 30 minutes from the Ataturk International Airport, the hotel is even closer to the Bosphorus, the Grand Bazaar and upscale shopping. When it's time to dine or unwind, however, the hotel has guests covered with its exclusive Billionaire Club for nightlife, Gold Bar or Drawing Room for American fare and Cipriani for Istanbul's best Italian dishes. A state-of-the-art fitness center and indoor swimming pool, the 20,000-sq.-ft. ESPA Spa (featuring a traditional hammam along with a full menu of treatments) and 5,220 sq. ft. of event space make this five-star property in Taksim Square an unbeatable choice when visiting Istanbul.

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