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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We stayed here twice for a total of 5 nights over the course of 2 weeks and had a fantastic stay. We were in rooms 510 and 608. Both are spa rooms. On one of the visits we paid and on another we used Hyatt points (there was no difference in the level of service). The rooms are tasteful, clean and modern. It is everything you would expect from a luxury property.
From start to finish, the staff was friendly, accommodating and professional. We ate many meals at the hotel from breakfast every morning to room service as well as dinner in the lobby restaurant. Everything was perfect. The Hotel itself is very small, on a small street in a very busy and fancy neighborhood. It has a boutique low profile feel while being nestled amongst high end designer clothing boutiques. The location, while not being great for historical sites, is actually better because you are sheltered from the hordes of people. A cab ride to the historical sites is inexpensive and easy. We used the concierge to arrange dinner as well as sought advice about local information. Also worth noting is the hotel keeping our luggage for us while we visited other parts of Turkey. Upon our return, our luggage was in our room before we arrived. Absolute perfection.
I found this hotel to be just right. Room, Food and the Service were all excellent. Within walking distance from the best shops and restaurants. I will not hesitate to stay here again. Rooms were clean and cozy.
Because this stylish hotel is not by the major sites it is a great retreat after touring the sites. The neighbourhood is upscale with excellent shopping and restaurants so we didn't feel stranded in the tourist area of Istanbul.
The hotel has an excellent buffet breakfast including a la carte items but otherwise dining out is preferred. The St Regis is a very short walk and offers a couple of restaurants and lively bar areas. The Galvin restaurant adjacent to the Park Hyatt is an excellent Italian restaurant.
We stayed in a deluxe room which was large and beautifully appointed although it lacked double sinks. The separate shower lacked a shelf or rack, except an inadequate corner ledge for the gel, shampoo and conditioner. The shower stall was large but the steam feature didn't work.
We would nevertheless choose this hotel again for the nearby amenities and the quiet elegance of this boutique hotel.
This was a great, fun hotel. Check in was flawless and everything about the property is what to expect from a Park Hyatt. The room was great, bed was comfortable, and shower / bathroom were all spectacular. What sets this property apart is the location - the Nisantasi district is so much fun with lots of restaurants and things to do. There is a great kebab restaurant across the street, a fun gelato storefront about 50m from the entrance. Leaving at 8am, it is a 30 minute cab ride to Blue Mosque, about 50 TRL, which is not bad. I also want to give credit to the concierge - I had a list of questions prior to my arrival, he answered quickly, and it made the trip that much better. One thing I was not prepared for in Istanbul where the hills - I did a lot of walking and it doesn't matter where you stay or where you go, you will have to navigate hills. Bring a comfortable pair of shoes!!
I have a read a few criticisms of the hotel and I don't think they are fair - I was worried that taxis would have a hard time finding it - not the case - concierges provide you with a card and you can also show the taxi driver your phone. If anything, because it is on a one way street, I would just get to the general area (St. Regis) and walk about 20 steps from there. I read about the noise outside the hotel and aside from people having fun after a football game, nothing was concerning. Breakfast was average - it was a nice spread but there are very good options just outside the hotel.
Love the location on the upscale shopping area, close to restaurants. Room is big and clean snd well equipped. Staffs are helpful especially the Concierge.
Nothing negative on this hotel.
Good value for the Hyatt brand.
Btw, don’t hail taxi from the street as most are scammers and will try to reap you off.