The Grand Tarabya
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
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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.
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
Stayed there as part as a business trip and I was blown away by this hotel, having been to many 5 stars all over the world.
The location is stunning, the breakfast area offers a great view on the Bosphorus. The rooms are very spacious, modern and very light with every details you would expect from a 5 star hotel. Very good WiFi, easy to connect. The staff is very helpful. Definitely a place to go!
I've been here a few times, but now I share my impression with you. Wonderful place, excellent hotel with a nice touch.
Very well connected and at Bosphorous. What else? You will feel like being at any Riviera in any other country.
Great place in a lovely area with a beautiful view; the rooms give no reason for complaints and are really nice; the breakfast buffet and service is excellent and really delicious; overall the people are extraordinary friendly and I really enjoyed my stay!
Excellent restaurant,one of the top of istanbul
Great view on Bosphore,very quiet,very good service,clean,class for any events, ii go each time i am at Istanbul to feel the touch of this town a very beautiful place to visit
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Very very nice and comfortable hotel . I will recommend it . Sea view. The area is very quiet and close to many cafés and restaurant. It is far from traffic and easy access to the malls during ten minutes.