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!
- 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
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