I’ve stayed at the other Hyatt properties in Istanbul, so I decided to try out the Grand Hyatt during my last visit. It proved to be a great two-night stay.
Istanbul is one of my favorite cities in the world and over the years I have stayed at a trio of great Hyatt hotels in the city, including:
Thus, it was an easy choice to try the Grand Hyatt for this visit. The room rate was about $120/night plus tax, which I thought was reasonable for a midweek rate.
I arrived about 6:00PM from an airport bus, which dropped me off near Taksim Square just a couple blocks away. Istanbul’s new airport is much further from the city than Ataturk International and does not yet have a metro, but the bus service was surprisingly efficient and quite productive with wi-fi onboard.
Security is tight at the hotel, with former side entrances sealed off. It took a bit longer than anticipated to enter the hotel since I had to go all the way around to the front. There, my bags were screened and I had to pass through a metal detector before entering the lobby.
The agent who checked me in promptly recognized my Globalist status then informed that I had been upgraded to a suite on the club floor. I was invited to use a special elevator next to the concierge desk to enter that wing of the hotel.
Grand Hyatt Istanbul Suite
My room, 849, was at the very end of a long and winding hall. As I opened the door, I walked down a small L-shaped hallway that opened in the living room and dining room area of the suite. On one side of the hallway was the guest restroom and on the other side a closet.
The bedroom included a king-size bed, a couch, and a mini-bar cabinet with the TV on top.
Another closet and a large bathroom with tub, shower, and water closet.
I appreciated the Nespresso coffee machine at my desk, where I spent the bulk of my time while in the room.
Grand Hyatt Istanbul Grand Club
With the Grand Club down the hall, I made use of it…often. Coffee? Check. Water? Check. Afternoon cakes and tea? Check. Breakfast spread in the morning and appetizers in the evening? Yep, that too.
The staff was great in the lounge (proactive in offering you drinks or helping you carry your plate to the table) and the evening spread quite nice for appetizers. I enjoyed crudités, delicious yogurt soup, pita and hummus, dolma, and some nice Turkish sweets. But my favorite treat was white chocolate-covered strawberries.
Grand Hyatt Istanbul Pool
The outdoor pool is a perfect place to soak in the afternoon sun…though it is getting cold in Istanbul The weather, however, was quite pleasant during my October visit and many were out sunning themselves.
Grand Hyatt Istanbul Fitness + Spa
Inside the Gaia Spa & Fitness Centre, the 24/7 gym offered late-model equipment and was empty when I used it.
The spa includes a full Turkish bath (not pictured) as well as a gender-segregated wellness area with sauna and steam room.
Grand Hyatt Istanbul Dining
34, the hotel’s main restaurant, offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Although I ate my evening meals offsite, I had breakfast one morning here. The spread was truly extensive. Rather than list everything, check out the picture below. In short, if you want, they had it.
But if you want a nice esspresso-based beverage, forget it. The machines don’t’ make great coffee. After quickly realizing this, I moved to Turkish Coffee.
The Library Bar serves as the main bar for the hotel, though the Mezzanine Lounge & Bar also offers drinks and coffee. It’s also a nice common area of the hotel.
In the pool area, Gazebo offers cocktails, pizza, Turkish pides, and other light food.
Grand Hyatt Istanbul Location
I found the location of this hotel to be ideal. I did a lot of walking during my two days in the city and thought the location was perfect, especially considering the ease of airport transport I mentioned above.
I appreciated the great staff, comfortable room, and nice amenities at this hotel. Then again, I did at the other three Hyatt properties in the city as well. I think I’ll try thee Nish Palas, part off the Unbound Collection and the last Hyatt property in the hotel I have to review. Or perhaps I will go back to the Park Hyatt next time because there are steam rooms in select guest rooms, but I enjoyed my stay here and recommend this property highly. Note that it is often the cheapest Hyatt in Istanbul as well.