We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Beautiful interiors, but don't go out....”
Review of The Grand Tarabya

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 8 more sites!
The Grand Tarabya
Ranked #104 of 1,173 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 November 2013

We chose this hotel because of its facilities (spa, indoor pool for October break) and location (quiet, near many fresh fish restaurants) and the amenities lived up to our expectations. Beautiful, relaxing indoor pool, modern gym and very tastefully appointed rooms, with supersoft duvet and luxurious bathroom and other nice little finishing touches. On the whole, the service inside the hotel was courteous, but our experience was badly marred by the fact that almost everyone was ready to overcharge us, as soon as we left the room. We were overcharged (no prices on menu and non-Turkish speaking guests are routinely targeted in Tarabya, as many reviewers on this site have already noted) at two nearby restaurants, with the collusion of the concierge at the hotel (Erdem). Avoid making any reservations through the hotel!

Room Tip: higher floors have poor WIFI reception
See more room tips
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Barbara W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Deniz O, Guest Relations Manager at The Grand Tarabya, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2014

Dear The Grand Tarabya Guest,
We really appreciate for taking your time to share your opinions. We are glad to hear you enjoyed our rooms and our service. Thank you for your valuable constructive feedback about your experience around the Tarabya region in general . We would like to inform you that Concierge Department has been informed to take necessary actions and measures.
We value your opinion to improve our ever developping personalized service and hope to welcome you again at The Grand Tarabya.

Kind Regards,

Deniz Ozdol
Guest Relations Manager

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (542)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

291 - 297 of 542 reviews

Reviewed 19 November 2013

Recently refurbished this is top notch. Free internet, great location overlooking the Bosphorus in a pretty port only 25 mins from the town centre ( which is a benefit because its quiet). Breakfast is out of this world. Something for everyone. Rooms stunning, brand new and stylishly appointed. Highly recommend

Room Tip: Overlooking the port. Room 404!!
See more room tips
  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled on business
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Graham W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Gulum_Bas, Public Relations Manager at The Grand Tarabya, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2013

Dear The Grand Tarabya Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about The Grand Tarabya.
We are very glad to hear that you have enjoyed your stay, our breakfast and location of our hotel. Our team is working ceaselessly to exceed expectations of our guests and put a smile on their faces.
We are looking forward to welcoming you again in the future to provide you with our personalized service at its best.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 9 November 2013

Had a wonderful stay! Great corner room with at least 15 meters of gorgeous water views on two sides......management very accommodating...nothing was too much trouble. They are part of the luxury hotels of the world and are striving to lay claim to being the best hotel in Istanbul.....probably on track

...if you are in Istanbul for a bit of R&R you cannot go past this lovely hotel. For me this didn't matter since had been in Istanbul before but if it is your first time you would be better off closer to the action. It is definitely too far away for the tourist sights and there is little in the close vicinity. The closest metro is a 10 minute cab ride away ....8 tly and then another 40 minutes to get to anywhere of note.

Didn't want to leave

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank walpolepark11
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Gulum_Bas, Public Relations Manager at The Grand Tarabya, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2013

Dear The Grand Tarabya Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about The Grand Tarabya.
We are very glad to hear that you have enjoyed your stay at our hotel. We are luck to have such a special location and product that our guests never want to leave.
We are looking forward to welcoming you again in the future to provide you with our personalized service at its best.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 November 2013

Stayed at Grand Tarabya for business in January 2013 for a week. The view to the Bosphorus was stunning. Rooms were great and service was really good.

If I ever come back to Istanbul, this is the place.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled on business
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Antti K
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Gulum_Bas, Public Relations Manager at The Grand Tarabya, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2013

Dear The Grand Tarabya Guest,

It is great to hear your positive feedback about our hotel.

We are looking forward to host you again at The Grand Tarabya, next time you visit Istanbul.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 November 2013

Grand Tarabya had gone through a major renovation and end result seems great. The hotel used to be a favorite spot to shoot Turkish movies during the 1970s. The location is great. You can have fish in Garaj Restaurant or have a stylish lunch in Big Chefs Cafe or take walk on the board walk in Tarabya. Nearby villages are also great. Yeniköy is famous with its fish restaurants and Mua Ice Cream. My favorite village is Emirgan which is 30 min walk from the hotel where you can find Sabanci Museum, Sütiş Cafe and other tea houses. The hotel looks far away from city center but indeed you can take subway from the station nearby and reach to Kanyon, Istinye Park, Taksim from where you can take funicular to Kabataş and tram to old town. Not so bad.

Room Tip: Choose Bosphorus view rooms
See more room tips
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank FiddlingTravelNotes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Gulum_Bas, Public Relations Manager at The Grand Tarabya, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2013

Dear The Grand Tarabya Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to share your great feedback about The Grand Tarabya.
We are very glad to hear that you have enjoyed your stay and the very special location that offers a brand new alternative way to discover this beautiful city. It is great to read that you have also taken advantage of subway transportation that connects you directly to the hottest spots of Istanbul without any traffic jam.
We are looking forward to have you again at The Grand Tarabya next time you visit Istanbul.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 19 October 2013

I stayed in this building in 1975 - when it was also an hotel - then it disappeared from view for a good long time. Now it's back - with a bang. A very impressive newcomer to the Istanbul scene. It's got one of the best locations on the whole of the Bosphorus, though it is something of a trek back into business districts like Galata. Charming staff, amazing spa (very under-used at the moment) - best hamam I've ever had (and I've had a few) - smart, efficient rooms with good business facilities and a wide range of eateries. A lovely, comforting place to retire to after a tiring day in what is almost always an exhausting metropolis.

Room Tip: Marina view is almost nicer than the full Bosphorus view
See more room tips
Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
Thank Jaypearson
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Gulum_Bas, Public Relations Manager at The Grand Tarabya, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2013

Dear The Grand Tarabya Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to share your great feedback about The Grand Tarabya.
We are very glad to hear that you have enjoyed your stay and the very special location that The Grand Tarabya is based in. It is exciting to hear valuable opinions that a guest who has visited the former Tarabya Hotel. Our team is working ceaselessly to exceed expectations of our guests and to crown special memories about Tarabya Hotel.
We are looking forward to welcoming you again in the future to provide you with our personalized service at its best.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 12 October 2013

This hotel is simply good for business travellers. The room is large, fantastic view of the Bosporus from a panoramic window, wifi is fairly fast and free, meeting facilities are very good and service is excellent. The hotel has a large and very well equipped gym that is open 24/7 which is very good. Design is overall modern and up to the Hyatt/Intercon standards they obviously strive for. If you switched the name of the hotel, you could have stayed at a Hyatt anywhere except the lobby.
It almost seem the lobby was designed by a lower class interior designer vs the rest of the hotel. Its tacky and seems taken totally out of context. Fix this and the hotel will be upgraded compared to other peers in Istanbul. The last item that would lift this hotel to another level is the language capabilities of most of the staff. While very helpfull and attentive, very few understand any English at all.

Room Tip: Get a room with a view of the Bosporus
See more room tips
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled on business
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank bulgenes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Gulum_Bas, Public Relations Manager at The Grand Tarabya, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2013

Dear The Grand Tarabya Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to share your great feedback about The Grand Tarabya.
We are very glad to hear that you have enjoyed your stay and your business at our hotel. We would actually like to share some recent good news, our latest award from European Hotel Awards - Best Hotel Interior Turkey.
We are looking forward to welcoming you again in the future to provide you with our personalized service at its best.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Istanbul hotels
Ajia Hotel
#433 of 1,173 in Istanbul
184 reviews
Besiktas
Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul
Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul
#59 of 1,173 in Istanbul
811 reviews
Kadıköy
DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul - Moda
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Besiktas
Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, Istanbul
Besiktas
Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus
Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus
#63 of 1,173 in Istanbul
2,359 reviews
Besiktas
Le Meridien Istanbul Etiler
Le Meridien Istanbul Etiler
#98 of 1,173 in Istanbul
631 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to The Grand Tarabya? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about The Grand Tarabya

Address: Haydar Aliyev Caddesi No 154 | Tarabya, Sariyer, Istanbul 34457, Turkey
Phone Number:
Region: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #104 of 1,173 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range: £121 - £192 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Grand Tarabya 5*
Number of rooms: 248
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Grand Tarabya is one of the very first five star hotels of Turkey and a true landmark of genuine traditional Turkish hospitality. Combining Turkish hospitality with high standards service and architecture, The Grand Tarabya is a classic in local collective memory as well as a great memory for international guests. With all its glory and glamour, The Grand Tarabya is now entirely renovated, has modernized its tradition and ready to endure its very special place in the hearts and minds.Overview, After an extensive restoration and renovation period, legendary The Grand Tarabya is ready to welcome its guests in 2013. A new member of the Leading Hotels of the World, the luxurious five-star, The Grand Tarabya is located within the Tarabya Bay on the European shores of the Bosphorus. The hotel is 30 kilometres away from Istanbul Ataturk International Airport.Tarabya is a unique spot in Istanbul, with a picturesque view of the harbour and the beautiful landscape.Guest Rooms & Suites168 deluxe guest rooms, 79 Suites, 1 presidential suite, 30 luxury fully serviced apartments. High speed wireless LAN, Safety deposit box, Self-controlled air-conditioning, Bathtub and shower, Minibar, Tea and coffee making facilities, LCD TV, Data port and international direct telephone line with voice mail service. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, Agoda, LoveHolidays, TripOnline SA, Expedia, getaroom.com, Ebookers, HotelsClick, Evoline ltd, HotelQuickly, 5viajes2012 S.L. and Cancelon so you can book your The Grand Tarabya reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing