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
I have been in this hotel for 3 days due to a business trip. The room is spacious and clean, and the bed very comfortable. There is an amazing panorama from the room. Staff is very kind.
I don't think that for a holiday I will come back in this hotel because of the price, but if it is for work (company pays my room) I will come back surely!
The Grand Tarabya offers excellent accommodation, a secure environment, very helpful staff and a great location on the banks of the river. Outside of rush-hour it is just 30 minutes from the main international airport.
Though far away from main city, hotel has the best view of sea. Ideal location for having business meet. Good breakfast spread and has indoor swimming pool. Staff extremely co-operative and helpful. Rooms are quite spacious and comfortable. View from the hotel is so captivating that you can sit in the resturerent and enjoy meal for hours.. relaxed environment..
This is the best hotel in the greatest neighborhood of Istanbul. The hotel is completely updated with modern amenities and decorated with high taste. I truly enjoyed my stay here and would definitely come back. Recommend this place to anyone who wants to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan area. The view is spectacular and walking by the Bosporus is a unique experience.
The Grand Tarabya - very good hotel. But location is specific. I had a purpose to live in this district, but if you come for Istanbul, that’s a bit away from the center. Everything is great except of breakfast. It is not as usual, though quite good, but if you expect traditional hotel breakfast, you might be disappointed. Try their omelet, it is good.