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 hotel used to deserve a very good rating but not anymore!
The way I was treated I still can't believe it.
I used to go quite a lot, like at least once a month or more. A regular customer as you call it.
Last Saturday, I checked in and after 3 hours spent in the room, my boss called me for an emergency and I had to leave the hotel. I explained the situation to the front desk. I was expecting some understanding and a gesture, even a small one. God, how I was wrong! I said I was a regular customer, they couldn't care less. They made me pay the full price.
I will never ever go back again. I still can't believe the way they handled the issue.
And,cherry on the cake, when I write to the person in charge to tell about what happened, he just ignores me as well.
They can keep their hypocrite smiles for others.
A perfect place to have your breakfast
The staff are super welcoming And helpful
Its the perfect place to start your day by having the breakfast there .
The view of the Bosphorus Is wonderful
I will definitely come again
We stayed in this hotel for more than a week. Everyone have tried their best to provide excellent service - from concierge, guest services, housekeeping and even room service.
The managers and staff at The Brasserie Restaurant were attentive, well-mannered and simply fantastic with kids. Well done, guys!
However, the managers and staff at R.E.A.D Cafe were the other way 'round. We walked in and being seated ourselves. We have waited for almost 10mins and no one gave us the menu. A staff with tie, whom we assumed is the manager on duty was playing with his mobile. He saw us, yet practically didn't bother. We were seated outdoor, hence due to noise from the streets, we literally needed to shout "excuse me" several times to get the staff attention. Then unwillingly the manager (yeah, the one wearing tie) handed the menu to us without eye contact and just left! Duh..
After our meal, we asked for the menu again to order dessert. A bald head staff had the cheek to reply, "Go to the dessert chiller. See it yourself." Seriously, R.E.A.D Cafe?
Throughout our dining time, we noticed a lady staff. She was the only dedicated staff - sadly we didn't get her name. She was wearing "Trainee" name tag, in white tshirt and hair tied in ponytail. She was busy clearing the tables, arranging the menu neatly, etc while her manager and other colleagues were "busy" playing mobiles or talking amongst themselves near the bar counter.
A message for the management of R.E.A.D Cafe, please upskill your managers and staff. Please learn from other departments, particularly from The Brasserie Restaurant.