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Husband and wife Nuno Soares and Tatiana Guzman met 10 years ago while working at the W Barcelona.

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It was at the pre-opening staff party for the W Barcelona that Portuguese Nuno Soares and Colombian Tatiana Guzman got together. ‘He’s a sweetheart, very passionate about life and romantic,’ says Guzman, recalling how for her first birthday that they were a couple, Soares ran her a bath filled with flower petals as a surprise.

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"She’s not only my wife but my best friend and the person I want to share everything with."

When Soares got a job in Portugal, Guzman followed – as did a proposal. ‘We were planning to move country together and I thought it was time to take the next step,’ says Soares, who is now Executive Housekeeper at the Renaissance Barcelona Hotel (Guzman is Director of Engineering at Le Méridien Barcelona). ‘I proposed during a dinner at home, with our song Velha Infância, by Brazilian band Tribalistas, playing in the background.’ The couple married near Porto, throwing a party in Soares’ parents’ garden for 150 friends and family. Two years later, their bond was put to the test when their son Lucas, now aged five, was born prematurely. ‘It was a really important point in our relationship. He was born weighing just 550 grams and spent three months in hospital. At that moment, we had two options: give up or grab each other’s hand and try to get through it, and that’s what we did. It made our connection really strong.’

Now they are a family, the couple travels less, meaning that when they do get away, they appreciate it even more. ‘For me, that whole experience of something new is what made me want to work in hotels,’ explains Soares. ‘As a guest, I love checking in late at night and then opening the curtains in the morning to a new view, in a city I haven’t been to before. That idea of discovery is what makes me want to travel but it’s not the same if I’m not with Tatiana. She’s not only my wife but my best friend and the person I want to share everything with.’

Nuno and Tatiana at the Sheraton Grand Istanbul Atasehir
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The Sheraton Grand Istanbul Atasehir is located in the heart of Atasehir, an emerging residential and business center on the Asian side of Istanbul. With its central location, the hotel is well connected to all major transportation routes, 28 kilometres from Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW) and only 1 kilometer from the Istanbul Finance Center development.

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