Art at the park in Istanbul

We recently traveled to Turkey for a short but sweet stay at one of the most exclusive luxury hotels in Istanbul.

On a recent long weekend, I flew halfway around the world to Istanbul for four nights of luxurious experiences and simple pleasures. For this holiday I chose to stay at the Park Hyatt Istanbul. The Park Hyatt Istanbul is located in the fashionable district of Nisantasi. 

Art at the Park Hyatt Istanbul in Nisantasi
Art at the Park Hyatt Istanbul in Nisantasi

ABOUT NISANTASI IN ISTANBUL

Nisantasi is famous for its avenues lined with designer boutiques. Literature fans also know it as as the neighborhood where the home of Turkish Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk is located. Orhan Pamuk began his memoirs with vignettes from the Pamuk Apartments, his childhood home here.

This was my nth trip to this beautiful city and sightseeing was not the main item on the agenda. Instead, I wanted to experience the real Istanbul at a leisurely pace. I sought to 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.

Art at the Park Hyatt Istanbul in Nisantasi
Art at the Park Hyatt Istanbul in Nisantasi

ABOUT THE PARK HYATT ISTANBUL

The hotel was a wonderful oasis in a bustling and rather chaotic city. It was full of design and culture, making it 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.

Art at the Park Hyatt Istanbul in Nisantasi
Art at the Park Hyatt Istanbul in Nisantasi

The result is an initially disconcerting sight. You see the façade of an old building with windows, balconies and all; and it’s 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 the spirit of modern Istanbul.

Art at the Park Hyatt Istanbul in Nisantasi
Art at the Park Hyatt Istanbul in Nisantasi

THE IMPORTANCE OF DETAILS

If you are after solitude alongside culture and shopping, or if you want privacy because you are someone constantly chased by cameras, this small five-star deluxe property is the perfect choice. It’s so unobtrusive on the outside that I myself have missed the entrance several times. It’s marked only by simple smoked glass doors and an equally modest sign along a small driveway.   

LUXURY AND ART IN A HOTEL

Art at the Park Hyatt Istanbul in Nisantasi
Art at the Park Hyatt Istanbul in Nisantasi

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. The artworks 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 the city. A contemporary lounge and a stylish bar flank each other. Meanwhile at the end is a corridor of white tiles, and amazing light is brought into an otherwise dark corner by this glass dome that melds old and new together.

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