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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
This is my third stay at The Grand Tarabya Hotel. One of the most excellent location . I was traveling with my family the same family in 2015 however the children’s are older now by 4 years. Initially , I was planning to stay for 1 week and continue to Disneyland in Paris. I ended up cancelling Europ and staying in Istanbul for 1 month and in the same hotel , The Grand Tarabya Hotel and on the same rooms of my previous trip . Words can not describe my stay , I already did that on previous review and nothing changed. The reception staff are excellent , the concierge and the bellboys and the room service.
My children’s love it and enjoy it. The only thing I notice is the non-Turkish staff at the SPA , they need some training in handling children’s the rest of the SPA staff are excellent . The Grand Tarabya Hotel for me is some sort of resort . You can check in and stay there enjoying the beautiful scenes and facilities without leaving the hotel . The breakfast is an experience by itself. The staff are extremely friendly and kind specially Mr. Tuna and Mrs Sinudos . The food quality excellent , healthy and fresh and the view is excellent. My only recommendation is to allocate space on the terrace for non smoker . I normally spent 2 hours on my breakfast because of the fabulous atmosphere .
We visited Diba bar og Grand Tarabya Hotel. The bar has an excellent location as well as a view overlooking bosphorus. Extremely helpful and pleasant staff????????????We enjoyed our evening in such a wonderful view
Nice place, nice food, nice people. We like to come here and relax every now and then. We recommend this restaurant for family dinners with a nice view on the Tarabya Marina. Food is always fresh and delicious.