4.5
Very Good 616 Reviews
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What We Love

  • Located on a stunning headland between the Bosphorus and a picturesque inlet lined with Ottoman-era homes
  • The 4,000-square-foot spa overlooks the Bosphorus and is open daily until 10 p.m.
  • Elegant afternoon tea with Turkish pastries

What To Know

  • Tarabya is trendy, but far sleepier than downtown Istanbul
  • Taksim, the city's dining and nightlife district, is at least a 20-minute taxi ride away
  • WiFi is free

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Overview

Glam waterfront retreat along the coast from Istanbul, with a mammoth spa, sprawling terrace and Bosphorus views

The Look

Overlooking a former fishing village that’s now a glam haunt for Istanbul’s glitterati, the Grand Tarabya is a towering hotel with stunning Bosphorus views. From its dramatic lobby, decorated with opalescent silks and crocodile suede sofas, to its 4,000-square-foot spa, which comes complete with a marble hammam, it’s the very definition of a ritzy five-star retreat. Renovated extensively in 2013, the property attracts gossiping socialites — and the occasional Turkish starlet — for afternoon tea, which is served to the tunes of a harpist, violinist or pianist. The lobby, bar and two restaurants overlook the water, and the sprawling, sun-dappled terrace is a top spot for sundowners.

Bed and Bath

Floor-to-ceiling windows lend the Grand Tarabya’s 248 guestrooms sweeping views of the Bosphorus or Tarabya Bay’s lively, yacht-cluttered marina. The rooms aren’t enormous, but the minimalist decor, soft lighting and wooden wall paneling create the illusion of space. The bathrooms are exquisite glass box affairs, with walk-in rain showers and tubs from which you can soak up unobstructed sea views. Toiletries come courtesy of Molton Brown, and the rooms are stocked with free chocolates from the hotel’s in-house bakery.

Beyond

Luxe and labyrinthine, the 4,000-square-foot spa buzzes with Jacuzzis, plus a heated pool, sauna and top-notch fitness center. Traditional body scrubs are offered in the marble-clad Turkish hammam, while a cadre of Indonesian masseuses provide a menu of seawater massages, herbal body wraps and organic facials. Guests can book a private Jacuzzi or opt for a candlelit massage suite overlooking the Bosphorus. The Grand Tarabya’s in-house brasserie serves a respectable menu of French-Turkish fusion dishes, and Limani, the property’s big-ticket fish restaurant, offers an impressive array of local seafood and live Greek music. In summer you can dine alfresco on the sprawling terrace.

In the Area

The winding shoreline of Tarabya is cluttered with genteel Ottoman-era mansions and luxury yachts. Local institution Le Pecheur serves some of the district’s best seafood right on the Bosphorus. For more proletarian tastes, the lively, workaday Hristo dishes up seafood straight from the boats of local fishermen. A sunset stroll on the pier leads to the decidedly upmarket Bebek, northern Istanbul’s nightlife capital, where dining and drinking options abound.

How to Get There

The Grand Tarabya
Haydar Aliyev Caddesi No 154
Sariyer, 34457 Turkey

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 616 Reviews
Get away in Istanbul
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well I choose this hotel because it’s away from Istanbul crowd with a very chilled vibes near the Marina. The view is amazing , the hotel really clean , they do house keeping twice a day I loved it, also they prepared my clothes which was on bed unfolded and they did returned it to its place I really loved that.
Everyone very nice like to help and try to make your stay wonderful.
Also I loved the breakfast it’s very fresh too many varieties to choose from.
Just I felt there was something a bit weird there is no tea and coffee bar inside the room. Sometimes you just don’t want to call room service for tea and coffee so I think adding this will be important. also guest welcome fruits or dessert would be nice too small details make a big difference.

The price you pay for this hotel pretty a lot comparing to other hotels in Istanbul so I believe these things would make a big difference.

On the Bosphorus
Reviewed 1 month ago

Great hotel with old Byzantine charm. Updated from an old inn, this hotel is right on the Bosphorus and adjacent to many great sea food restaurants.
Rooms are clean, comfortable and affordable. Hotel is quiet and has scenic views, especially if you have a Bosphorus view (highly recommended).

Perfect location, perfect hotel
Reviewed 1 month ago

This hotel is located in one of the best place in Istanbul with a perfect view. Hotel is renovated and as soon as you enter you will be surrounded by peaceful atmosphere. Rooms are very spacious and perfectly clean. If you take a room with a sea view you will have wonderful view even from your bathtub.Staff are very helpful and smiling, foods are great. I strongly recommend this hotel.

Peaceful & pleasant
Reviewed 2 months ago

Great experience to be there in Grand Tarabya. Awesome breakfast, relaxing room with great waterfront view, spacious conference facilities. Overall good experience & will be happy to be there again in near future.

As if you are sailing on a boat
Reviewed 2 months ago

As a person originally from istanbul, time to time we try new hotels and this time it was one of the iconic hotels of Istanbul’s history renovated fully few years ago. Staying in this hotel is like witnessing the history of Istanbul. Perfect bosporus view surrounded by fish restaurants just next to the marina. Very close to the city center and shopping malls like Istinye Park yet you feel very isolated in a good way. Go there, enjoy the view and nice SPA.