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With a hotel management tradition going back more than a century, The Ritz-Carlton is commemorating the 15th year of its exciting adventure in Istanbul, the cradle of ancient cultures and civilizations. The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul, the hotel of choice for celebrities who come to Turkey, has been hugely successful over the past 15 years.

It’s where Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor chose to have their legendary wedding... We are talking about the Ritz-Carlton, the establishment with the most deeply-rooted hotel management tradition in the world. Fifteen years ago this historical tradition of hotel management brought a service concept above and beyond world standards to Istanbul.

The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul taking its first step with its magnificent view over the Bosphorus, first said hello to us on October 6, 2001. Since then, The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul has been the hotel of choice for many world-famous stars, artists, and businessmen.

Boasting one of the most beautiful views of the historical peninsula, the hotel has welcomed nearly 2 million guests from home and abroad since its inauguration. 1126 couples have got married in the unique surroundings of The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul. A total of 7422 projects have been put into effect to transform our guests’ special days, such as marriage proposals, anniversaries, and birthday celebrations, into memorable moments. In accordance with our social responsibility understanding, a total of 348 “Community Footprints” projects and social solutions have been supported and presented. Representing Turkish hospitality, The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul has demonstrated its success through being the European hotel with the highest guest satisfaction and crowned this with several national and international awards.

The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul celebrated its 15 years of success with a special program organized on its anniversary.  Can Göktaş, a member of the hotel’s inauguration team back in 2001 who has returned to The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul as General Manager, has witnessed the hotel’s history and how it has moved forward. “The most important factor in the success of our hotel is the people,” he said.  “Ladies and Gentleman who ensure that our guests experience the distinguished Ritz-Carlton service that has become legendary worldwide. We have welcomed some extraordinary people into our staff over the last 15 years and have become a source of inspiration in their careers. Our most vital strength is the talent we coach.”

The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul has also become an institution that has been leading the sector with its employment capability since its inception. The Ritz-Carlton has grown more and more with each passing year. A total of 1836 employees have joined The Ritz Carlton, Istanbul family up to date. While 15,460 “First Class” cards have been presented to employees, 269 assignments have been obtained by those who made a strong impression with their performances. The hotel has also been host to some wonderful relationships and love stories. 229 of ladies and gentleman working at the establishment have got married. From these marriages, 192 children have joined The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul family. These wonderful memories leant a special meaning to the 15th year of this giant hotel management tradition.