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
I stayed 2 nights at Park Hyatt. The staff were very friendly and helpful.
Location: walking distance to high end shopping area, many excellent restaurants and bars.
Food: Breakfast was excellent, I had Turkish omelette (menemen) was delicious.
I had room services, club sandwich which was delicious.
Room: I got upgrade to Spa room. The shower area come with Turkish bath and steam room.
The bed was very comfortable.
The room is the best room I have stayed in Istanbul.
Great rooms, very clean, great design. Friendly staff. Very helpful, close to the famous nisantashi area and to city mall. Great restaurants around and luxury shopping. You can’t go wrong with this hotel
I stayed here in 2013 so I made sure that next time I came to Istanbul, I will stay with my family in the Park Hayat. Staying here was the highlight of our trip. The location is perfect the hotel quality is high caliber, but the true gem in this hotel is the staff. They made us feel like family. Very warm and personal. We can’t thank you enough, especially Kerem from the reception, and Gül and Hande from the resturant. My son Adam misses you guys. The worst part about staying with you was having to leave you,to go back home. Thank you very dearly
It is unmissable choice any time I am in Istanbul. Tried couple of different hotels but always get back to this one. It has the personality but what I love the most - it makes you feeling personal. Amazing staff ready to help at any time. Love their breakfasts - always feel like home. Enjoy the light therapy in your own spa in the room - good sleep if guaranteed.
All good and the location is very nice with great shopping and good restaurants nearby. The hotel even arrange my daughter’s tennis sessions in this crazy winter weather at a nearby hotel that has a bubbled tennis court.