Park Hyatt Istanbul Macka Palas – Boutique Class
What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
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.
How to Get There
It’s neat boutique hotel in the most beautiful part of Istanbul , this is my fifth visit and my favorite place to stay in the future when visiting Istanbul . Staff makes you feel at home and in a most elegant property as well as location
I booked this hotel based on research I obtained from the internet. The hotel is of a good standard. Good location having high end outlets stores nearby as well as excellent restaurants. The only downside was when we were traveling, there were many other hotels in much more strategic and lively areas.
This was my first visit to Istanbul and staying at Park Hyatt Macka Palas was perfect for me. It is everything that you can expect from a hotel of this category, facilities, accommodations, services, staff, all great. Additionally, location is perfect, it is in a very charming street in a nice area of the city, convenient for exploring the city. Highly recommended.
I was so pleased to arrive here, early morning after an overnight flight with no sleep! I was even more pleased that they had my room ready for me at 07:30 a.m. Fantastic!
The hotel is all modern inside of an old palace shell. My room was superb, with the best bathroom with a free standing bath, shower and steam room, plus double sinks and separate loo. The room was spacious and had a small balcony too. And it was very quiet - perfect for catching up with sleep in the daytime.
I had a light meal here in the evening and was pleased to see they were happy to serve it after 22:00hr at night. There was also a small lap pool and little terrace but I didn't use it. Overall it was a lovely hotel in a good location in the new part of the European town. Service was excellent throughout.
We had heard a lot of great things about the Park Hyatt Macka Palas before our visit and this place did not disappoint! We got a complimentary upgrade to a giant suite with our own spa and steam room and were welcomed to the room with a bottle of wine and the most delicious appetizers. It's a beautiful hotel in a great location.