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
We liked our stay in the hotel, luxury, neat and the staff was really helpful and friendly, I would like to thank (Recep, Mustafa, Burak & another Burak).
the hotel is just in front of a seaside which is a bounce, you can just go out and have a walk, especially that there are a lot of cafes & restaurants near the hotel.
In the hotel itself, there are also stores, salon & ATM machine.
I stayed at The Grand Tarabya for 3 nights. 1st time at the hotel - 4th time in Istanbul.
But it was the best experience compared to the previous 4 visits to Istanbul.
The team there is doing a great job. Real 5 stars service. From the moment we were received at the front door to the reception staff and all the staff at Panorama restaurant as well as READ cafe. I can recall how it was raining, myself in the terrace smoking a cigarette while a young lady brought my very good Turkish coffee to me while she walked in the rain. Not a big thing but a real customer oriented caring approach.
The quality of food as well as its freshness was enjoyable. Not mentioning the panoramic view. You just don’t want to leave!
Even room service was quick and caring. Twice per day making up my lousy room.
I fully recommend the hotel, service, view and quality are the headlines.
Keep up the great work. Looking forward to bringing my family and enjoy it again.
I’m attaching pictures taken from my room.
This wonderful hotel have located in The most beautiful beach view you will ever see
All the crew in this hotel is wonderful and help full .. I strongly recommended it for new married couple.. I can’t describe this place it’s perfect.
Unbelievable place, you wake up with “Bosporus in your room” - WOW.
Service excellent, some of the the stuff lacking in English but they make up with their heart! Very good food! Great facilities such as gym, spa. Very enjoyable place to stay!
The room was exquisite. The bathroom had a mirror that opened so you can take a bath and see the view. The hotel was waterfront. Breakfast buffet was elegantly set up with waterview tables. The staff was extremely helpful. We had a private dinner in one of the banquet rooms and the food was amazing. Can't say enough about this hotel.