For our time in Istanbul, we stayed at the Grand Hyatt Istanbul. The hotel is located right outside Taskim Square, with lots of restaurants and shops nearby and easy access to the city’s public transportation. We had a choice between this Grand Hyatt and the Park Hyatt which was about 1 km away from Taksim Square. Both hotels had excellent reviews and the Grand Hyatt was $100 per night cheaper than the PH, additionally it was closer to most of the attractions we wanted to visit so it made for an easy decision.
The hotel was great. Thanks to our diamond member status, we received priority check in on the 8th floor lounge area, the Grand Club Lounge. The staff at the Hyatt was professional, courteous, and accommodating. I always appreciate when staff at a 5 star hotel don’t cringe when they see that you’re traveling with a toddler, and that was certainly the case at the Grand Hyatt. The staff spoke to Matteo, asked him questions, and made him feel special.
Once we were all checked in, we made our way to our 7th floor
room suite. The room was fabulous. It was split into two large areas — the first a sitting room/living room with a roll away bed already set up for Matteo, a desk, TV area, table and chairs, closet and half bath. The bedroom area was large with a chaise lounge, TV, large walk in closet, as well as a huge bathroom with separate soaking tub and large shower stall.
The room was tastefully decorated with sepia toned photos of Istanbul from decades past, matted in large frames. The furniture was comfortable and clean. The carpets were a little worn, but nothing terrible.
When you’re traveling with a toddler, having two separate spaces in your hotel accommodations makes everything more comfortable for everyone. When Matteo needed to rest, he could do so in “his room” while Tony and I could hang out in the bedroom without worrying about waking him. It was awesome to have a table and chairs set available, as even when we’re traveling we tend to eat out as little as possible. Speaking of food, the room service prices at the Grand Hyatt Istanbul were extremely reasonable (many options running between $10-$15), especially when you’re accustomed to room service prices in the states. The food and selections was excellent too!
A huge perk for us staying at a Hyatt property with our diamond status is taking advantage of the lounge available for diamond/platinum members (for free) and anyone who books a room on the Grand Club level. Instead of providing food at breakfast in the lounge, the hotel instead gave us breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant. That was a great deal, as we had hot food options (egg station) as well as an assortment of pastries, cheeses, nuts, cereals, etc. to choose from. We enjoyed large breakfasts every morning and then would have a large, late lunch/early dinner later on in the day.
The Grand Lounge always had small candies/cookies as well as beverages (coffee, soft drinks, water, etc.) available and we took advantage of them throughout the day. Then in the evening, beginning at 6 pm, hors d’oeuvre were set out — items like caprese salad, breads, cheeses, hummus, finger sandwiches, and desserts. The evening selections was lovely.
The hotel was lovely. The staff was always friendly and the epitome of hospitality. We are already dreaming of a return trip to Istanbul, and would not hesitate to stay at the Grand Hyatt Istanbul again. Overall the service was first rate especially they way they treated Matteo and the location was near public transportation making it easy to explore the city.