by Michael J. Shapiro | April 09, 2018

Millennium Hotels & Resorts will debut its first property in Turkey next week, when the 127-room Millennium Istanbul Golden Horn Hotel opens for business. The chic, historic-center property, which will be open as of April 16, will have a fitness center, a luxury spa and Turkish hammam, and meeting space anchored by a 4,349-square-foot ballroom.

The hotel's name, Golden Horn, refers to the primary inlet of the famed Bosphorus Strait that runs through the city. The property overlooks the waterway from within the garden of the Palace of Blachernae, across from the Ayazma and the Church of St. Mary of Blachernae. It is also two miles from the Haliç Congress Centre, nine miles from Atatürk International Airport and a 10-minute walk to the Old City

Food-and-beverage options at the new hotel will include Keros, an all-day restaurant offering a breakfast buffet and both international cuisine and Turkish specialties. The 45-seat Kathisma Private Dining Room, which opens the week after the hotel does, promises specialty dishes that will evoke the city's roots as the ancient Greek colony of Byzantium. A third restaurant, Tekfur, will specialize in Greek cuisine and feature panoramic views of the Golden Horn. It will be operated by an outside company and will debut in the coming months.