Hotel Review Park Hyatt Istanbul
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The hotel is located in the Harbiye or Macka neighborhood with a number of upscale shops and restaurants. The area is expensive by any European or US standards. The Park Hyatt is a rather small, low-key though classy building in the neighborhood. It's very easy to miss the entrance actually.
Check-in was very friendly though long and bureaucratic. I always hope agents discover that I stay in hotels rather frequently and give me an abbreviated version but that did not happen here.
The agent explained me the hotel and room features and great detail and walked me into my room. It was a very good and friendly but longish 'tour'.
I was a bit disappointed by the common areas including the pool. Since there is so little space it does not have any 'wow' factor. They are perfectly functional but the pool looks up to dozens of windows to a large building on the other side.
The room The hotel does not easily upgrade to a suite and once I checked out the suites I know why - they actually look smaller and more cramped than the standard King size rooms. My king size room was fantastic though - easily the size of a Junior Suite in any other Hyatt. There was a large wardrobe storage, a working desk and simple bar for coffee and water. The bed was fantastic with high quality bedding and a firm mattress. The bathroom was enormous - the biggest part of the entire room. There was a large bathtub and a shower that doubles as a steam sauna. There are two wash basins - one with purified, drinkable water and one with regular tap water (which isn't drinkable out there). The room features at least a dozen different lighting options all well organized on easy to use panels.
There are also electric curtains that black out the early sun completely. That's a great tool for the jetlagged traveler. Food Since breakfast was not included in the room rate I did not splurge for it. There are a number of excellent coffee shops just a couple of hundred feet away. There is a also a fantastic Kebap place just across the street from the Park Hyatt. Probably my favorite Kebap place in all of Istanbul (and I tried them all :)
Conclusion The hotel excels in understated elegance. It's not opulent nor posh but everything you see here works very well. There may be a staff too many (often a dozen or more staff were 'hanging out' in the empty lobby) but they speak impeccable English and provide impeccable service. The rooms are some of the best equipped rooms I have seen. Rates started around $600 at the time of my stay. I used 18,000 Gold Passport points. I'd very happily come back here. Book the Park Hyatt Istanbul here.