The Jetsetter rate includes local wine and fruit in the room on arrival and a guaranteed early check in/late check out
Oodles of space in rooms converted from apartments
To-die-for wet rooms with freestanding tubs, steam rooms and Turkish baths in the Park Spa Rooms
Alfresco happy hour drinks on the terrace next to the pool
What To Know
Great for a cooling dip in summer, the pocket-size outdoor pool is ringed by high-rises
Located in a residential area with little in the way of Turkish architecture; for the great Istanbul sights you’ll need to take a cab
The ground-floor restaurants are being refurbished and are set to open spring 2014
Parking on site
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Classy crash pad in Istanbul’s swankiest shopping district, with spacious rooms and hammam-style bathrooms
The Park Hyatt started life in 1922 as the Macka Palas, an Art Deco apartment building designed by Italian architect Giulio Mongeri. Its conversion in 2008 resulted in the creation of 90 spacious guestrooms, and unlike at more traditional properties that are heavy on Ottoman opulence, the interiors are sophisticated and contemporary and befitting a luxe brand. Subtle Turkish touches include black-and-white images in the guestrooms by famous Istanbul photographer Ara Guler.
Bed and Bath
The huge guestrooms are really suites, with lounge chairs, desks, capacious beds and big-screen TVs with DVD players. The bathing sections in the Park Spa Rooms compete with them in spaciousness: The bath and private hammam area is equipped with a changeable atmospheric lighting system and plentiful Blaise Mautin toiletries, as well as the special skin-cleansing mitten (kese) and striped wrap (pestemal) traditionally used in a Turkish bath.
Breakfast is served on a curious stepped platform beside the ground-floor lobby. It’s a satisfying offering that includes an open buffet with cereals, fruits and cold cuts, as well as hot drinks and cooked items, including the Turkish favorite, menemen (a cross between an omelet and scrambled eggs). The basement contains a gym and a handful of massage therapy rooms, although nothing like a complete spa. And you can take a cooling dip in the outdoor pool, surrounded by wild bamboo. The ground-floor and terrace restaurants are currently undergoing a refit and should reopen in spring 2014 as the French-flavored La Petite Maison. Ask at the ground-floor bar to try a selection of recommended Turkish tipples.
In the Area
The adjoining Nisantasi/Tesvikiye/Macka districts (only a resident could say where one ends and the next begins) are best known for their upscale shopping opportunities, with branches of Gucci and Emporio Armani actually attached to the hotel. Stroll along Abdi Ipekci Caddesi and Tesvikiye Caddesi to browse a mix of international brand name shops and smaller Turkish designers such as Gonul Paksoy, known for her arty one-off pieces. There’s great Turkish food to be had at the likes of Kosebasi and Hunkar. For sightseeing, there’s the high-society Tesvikiye Mosque, plus a handful of pillars commemorating Ottoman archers.