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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.

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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
IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS

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.

A MODERN MINIMALIST HOTEL
WITH A CLASSIC DESIGN
 
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
FEATURES OF THE PARK SPA KING ROOM
OF THE 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
 
MY FAVORITE THINGS
AT 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



LEAVING
EVERYTHING BEHIND

WHEN YOU VISIT A NEW DESTINATION

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
.

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THE ART OF TRAVEL

 

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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