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Grand Hyatt Istanbul
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Reviewed 26 January 2010

Typical 5 star hotel. Impressive lobby, very spacious and well designed rooms, excellent bathroom amenities, room service, sat-tv, you name it, it's all there. But at the same time, it is quite boring - the comparably low room rate (i paid 100 eur/night) is more or less the licence to charge for anything else, like fantasy prices on coke (some 10 times higher than on the street) and especially annoying internet rates (10eur/hour), no wireless in the room (only cable access, which is annoying when you travel with an iphone or similar smart phone). The location is ok, a few minutes walk from Taksim square - but i think i'll take the "risk" of trying a boutique hotel next time.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 26 January 2010

We spent 6 nights in Istanbul: The first 3 in the 'old town' (Sultanahmet) and subsequent 3 in Grand Hyatt Istanbul. This turned out well as we saw the historical sights first, such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Grand Bazaar, then headed into the 'newer' part of town (Taksim), which is where the International 5 star hotels are. So Grand Hyatt Istanbul was a great base to explore Istiklal (the main high street), and the fashionable dining/going out areas around it such as 'Tunnel'.
We chose a 'Club' room which meant check in was handled on the 8th floor. Having the use of the club lounge felt like an extension of our room and the availability of soft drinks/fruits and knick-knacks throughout the day was a welcome addition!
The room was a generous size and clean. The bathroom was as I’d hoped: well laid out with a separate bath and shower and nice touches such as the L'Occitane products.
The bed was great - large and very comfortable. Our experience of housekeeping was very positive: We called for an ironing board and it arrived within minutes.
Breakfast in the club lounge was good quality: I particularly recommend the muesli!
It's a shame that the pool is outdoors: Seems like a waste in Istanbul. We went in January so there was no chance of enjoying it then! Although I wouldn't call it a spa as there no indoor pool/'water zone', the hotel has a great Hamman and relaxation area: Well worth a visit if you're a fan of taking it easy!
We also had a drink in the ‘Library Bar’: Designed in a kind of ‘cosy grand living room’ style: Very pleasant for a drink: They were serving seasonal cocktails at the time.
Overall a very pleasant experience. I’d particularly recommend the hotel if you’re staying in Istanbul for more than just a couple of nights, so that you have time to enjoy the hotel as well as Istanbul itself!

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Imamouzo
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Reviewed 16 January 2010

Although this hotel not as close to the old town area as we would have liked, we had a very comfortable stay here during our week in Istanbul and would go back again. It has recently been upgraded to a Grand Hyatt. The staff was warm, friendly and very helpful with sightseeing tips. The rooms are big and what you expect from a Hyatt. Some of the rooms have views of the Bosphorus, others overlook the pool area. We enjoyed the Turkish breakfast buffet in the mornings. It's pricey but was generous enough that we were able to skip lunch most days. The pool area looked very inviting and would be nice during warmer weather. If you have time, the spa is a very nice place to relax after a long day sightseeing. I enjoyed the facial very much. There are two restaurants in the hotel, both are good. There are plenty of restaurants in the Taksim area as well for dinner.

The Hyatt is close to Taksim Square so you will need to find transportation across the water to the old town area to see all the main sites (Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, etc). We took taxis to go to Sultanmahet (about 20 TL each way) every day. We walked to old town one time across the bridge but it was a long walk and not very relaxing with cars speeding past.

We were in Istanbul for the week of New Year's and experienced different weather conditions almost every day. It was sunny and 16C a couple of days, but would dip down to freezing at night. Other days we had heavy rain and one night even had some light snow. It was quite windy as well. I recommend bringing lots of layers and a good coat. We skipped the Bosphorus cruise because the water looked quite rough.

Based on the recommendation of the Hyatt concierge, we opted to take the overnight tour to see the cave dwellings in Cappadocia (a World Heritage Site). It was the highlight of our trip and highly recommended! We booked the tour through the Hyatt and it was all inclusive (airfare, hotel, meals, private guide and private car with driver for two days) for about 300 TL for 4 people. It was well worth it! The 4th century cave dwellings and churches were amazing as were the bizarre rock formations throughout this area. It was incredible to see. The guide was fantastic and took time to show us some of the local life such as how the village women bake their bread in an outdoor communal oven. We had hot bread to take with us as a snack and it was delicious. It was quite cold with some snow and ice on the ground. The hotel in Uchisar was tucked up against the cliff but was not actually a "cave hotel" as some of the hotels in the area are. If this is important to you, specify at the time of booking. The hotel was clean but not luxurious in any way but it was fine for one night. Note: the Hyatt allowed us to check out of our rooms for one night (storing our luggage) so we did not have to pay for the night we were gone.

Also, we booked a guide to see the main sights in Istanbul one day and found that you skip the long lines at the ticket offices when you have a guide. A nice perk if you are short on time. Don't miss the underground Cisterns. Beautiful!

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 November 2009

I stayed at the Hyatt Regency for four nights on business. The hotel is located near Taxim square which is a lively part of Istanbul but it’s not near all the historical sites. The room was average. It had all the basics but for a Hyatt Regency you would expect a much more updated room. The room and bathroom were clean. I had brunch at their Italian restaurant and the spread that was laid out was spectacular. You have to try their Sunday brunch if you are there. They have a swimming pool but it’s located outside and it’s not heated. Didn’t make sense for a place like Istanbul where it isn’t hot year round. There spa was nice but the steam room was not working while I was there. Ok hotel overall.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 16 November 2009

We stayed in a Regency Club room with a fabulous view of the Bosphorus. The room was lovely with very comfortable furnishings, including a wonderful divan in front of the window. The bed was incredibly comfy. We had a very large bathroom with a soaking tub, separate marble shower, vanity with magnifying mirror, bathrobes and a handy scale.

Our most difficult decision had been whether to stay in the old or new part of Istanbul. Since this was a return visit to Istanbul, we decided to stay at the Hyatt Regency, which is located one block from Taksim Square. We walked to Taksim, located the entrance to the funicular, bought a token for 1.5 TL and arrived at the Kabatas tram terminal in about 3-4 minutes. It's a very easy transfer to the tram entrance, where we used another token for the tram ride to the old city. From Taksim to Sultanahmet tram stop took about 20 minutes....very easy to do and very cheap.

We would definitely stay here again. A very good choice.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank YoPhilly
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