Friday, January 19, 2018

Park Hyatt Istanbul: one of Istanbul's most exclusive luxury hotels

On a long weekend to Istanbul, I stayed at the Park Hyatt Istanbul in the fashionable district of Nisantasi, famous for its avenues lined with designer boutiques and – for literature fans – as the neighborhood of Turkish Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk, who began his memoirs with vignettes from his childhood home in Nisantasi.

Park Hyatt Istanbul

This was my nth trip to beautiful Istanbul and sightseeing was not the main item on the agenda. Instead, I wanted to experience Istanbul at a leisurely pace – to revisit favorite neighborhoods, stroll along the Bosphorus on a fine day, enjoy a few delicious kebab dinners, and buy some art for my eclectic home.

Park Hyatt Istanbul

The Park Hyatt Istanbul was a wonderful oasis in a bustling and rather chaotic city, full of design and culture that make up a most invigorating feast for the senses. It was created from a melding of a heritage Art Deco palace that has housed presidents and princesses with a completely modern structure of glass, steel, and bricks


The result is the initially disconcerting sight of the façade of an old building – windows, balconies and all – partially encased within an angular glass dome that also houses a minimalist lobby full of modern art.

This disconnect lasts only for about three minutes, though; after that, one quickly appreciates the genius behind this fusion of old and new, which also embodies Istanbul in 2017.

Park Hyatt Istanbul


If you are after solitude alongside culture and shopping – or even privacy, if you are someone constantly chased by cameras – look no further than this small five-star deluxe property. The entrance to the Park Hyatt Istanbul is so unobtrusive on the outside that I myself have missed the entrance several times, as it’s marked only by simple smoked glass doors and an equally modest sign along a small driveway.


The Park Hyatt Istanbul

But inside, the hotel is pure minimalist luxury with art that whispers rather than shouts. These works are everywhere and yet these are positioned so seamlessly that you are likely to miss these without an earnest search as they blend effortlessly with the background while providing necessary accents to it. 

There are none of the blasts of color and riots of design found everywhere else in other hotels in Istanbul. A contemporary lounge and a stylish bar flank each other and at the end is a corridor of white tiles and amazing light brought into an otherwise dark corner by this glass dome that melds old and new together.

Park Hyatt Istanbul


- Contemporary design with classic touches
- Art photographs on the walls
- French windows that open onto a terrace with city views
- Flat screen televisions in the bedroom and in the private spa
- Ergonomic work station
- Lounge chair and table
- Large entrance foyer
- Blaise Mautin toiletries
- Private steam area
- Mini Turkish hammam
- Color therapy bathtub

The Park Spa King Room of the Park Hyatt Istanbul


But the best part about the Park Hyatt Istanbul was my Park Spa King room, which has its own private spa facilities enclosed in heavy smoked glass; and this spa included a proper steam room, a mini Turkish hammam complete with a silver bowl for washing, and a color therapy bathtub.

Do not underestimate the effects of a private spa at your disposal 24 hours a day and just several steps away from the bedroom on the mind and body, and even on a high spirited one – especially if the hotel’s masseuse can also do house calls and set up a proper massage bed while bringing along some relaxing music for good measure as well.

Park Hyatt Istanbul


What a physical and psychological treat it was to be able to soothe one’s self in a private spa and metaphorically wash away any troubles at any time one wished. Because we were in an Istanbul frame of mind and it was so convenient, we used the private spa at least twice a day and whenever else we felt like doing so.

And there is nothing truly as luxuriously comforting as the feeling of coming out of one’s private steam room to have a masseuse waiting patiently to iron out any remaining stress in your own room. This was my eureka moment, when I was reminded of the authentic art of travel, which is really a matter of refreshing one’s self and senses in every possible way



Park Hyatt Istanbul

The art of travel includes seeing the sights and experiencing new cultures, of course; but it ideally also enables one to recharge in a physical way. So now I plan to book a hotel room with a private spa whenever I can manage this, although hotel rooms with private spa facilities are hard to find in other hotels unless you book the presidential suite of a hotel.

Just our luck, the spa king rooms of the Park Hyatt Istanbul in Nisantasi each has its own in-room spa facility, including a private hammam and a steam room. This certainly made all the difference to our stay.

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