Review: Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin Room – My Private Steam Room!

With United’s routing rules, I was able to include a 23-hour layover in Istanbul. For my one-night stay in Istanbul, I booked the Park Hyatt Istanbul through American Express’ Fine Hotel & Resorts program.

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I imagine Istanbul was still affected from the unrest that has negatively affected tourism, since the rate I booked was quite low. With my room rate, I also received the following benefits from AMEX Fine Hotel & Resorts (FHR), a program for AMEX Platinum Card‘s members:

  • Noon check-in, when available
  • Upgrade from Park King room to Park Spa or Park Suite room (based on availability upon arrival)
  • Welcome amenities in the room
  • Daily full breakfast for two (also available through Room Service)
  • US$100 hotel credit for food and beverage
  • Guaranteed 4 pm late checkout

Location and Check-In

The Park Hyatt Istanbul is located in a quiet, upscale neighborhood, about a 15-minute walk from Taksim Square. The Grand Hyatt Istanbul is much closer to many tourist attractions, though the prices were similar, so I booked the Park Hyatt instead.

Park Hyatt Istanbul Entrance

Park Hyatt Istanbul Entrance

There was a metal detector at the front of the hotel, but no one seemed to actually check me even though it beeped every time I walked through it. I was told this is pretty typical in Istanbul. Right upon entering the hotel, I was greeted by the concierge desk.

Park Hyatt Istanbul concierge desk

Concierge Desk

The main lobby was beautifully decorated, and felt very residential. The Park Hyatt Istanbul only has 90 rooms, so it’s a pretty intimate hotel. One side of the lobby was the restaurant, called the “Lounge at Park Hyatt,” which had an open design.

Park Hyatt Istanbul Restaurant "Lounge at Park Hyatt"

Park Hyatt Istanbul Restaurant "Lounge at Park Hyatt"

Park Hyatt Istanbul Restaurant “Lounge at Park Hyatt”

In the evening, iPads on the tables located on the ground floor (i.e. not up the platform) allow guests to place orders for foods and drinks.

Park Hyatt Istanbul Restaurant "Lounge at Park Hyatt"

Park Hyatt Istanbul Restaurant "Lounge at Park Hyatt"

Opposite the restaurant was the wine bar, which was gorgeous; the entire curved back wall was full of wine bottles on display.

Park Hyatt Istanbul "The Wine Bar"

Park Hyatt Istanbul "The Wine Bar"

Park Hyatt Istanbul “The Wine Bar”

At the end of the lobby were the check-in desks. I arrived at the hotel around 3 pm, and a friendly associate checked me in. I had booked a Twin room, but the associated once again confirmed my preference for two beds, since he otherwise could have upgraded me. He acknowledged my Diamond status, as well as the fact that I booked with AMEX FHR, and offered to escort me to my room.

There was a small library area besides the elevator bay on the ground floor.

Park Hyatt Istanbul

Park Hyatt Istanbul

The hallways on room floors were also thoughtfully designed, and felt very…Park Hyatt, with a sense of modern, understated luxury.

Park Hyatt Istanbul Hallway

Park Hyatt Istanbul Hallway

Park Hyatt Istanbul Hallway

Park Deluxe Twin Room

The room opened into a long entryway, which contained one of the closets of the room.

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin - Entryway

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin – Entryway

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin - Entryway Closet

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin – Entryway Closet

The room was airy and spacious, featuring hardwood floors in the “bedroom” area and carpet along the minibar.

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin

There was an armchair and ottoman by the window. A bowl of fruit and a welcome card on the coffee table awaited.

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin - Entryway

Welcome Fruit

Along the same wall was a generously sized work desk.

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin - Work Desk

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin - Phone

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin - Work Desk

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin – Work Desk

I found a separate Fine Hotels & Resorts welcome letter explaining all the benefits by the stationary kit.

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin - FHR Letter and Stationary Kit

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin - FHR Letter

I really liked that there was another closet right outside the bedroom. I don’t know if that’s because this was a Twin room, but I always appreciate having separate closets when traveling with someone.

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin - Second Closet

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin – Second Closet

The closet featured the standard amenities you’d find in a Park Hyatt, including laundry bags, shoe bags, and a hotel-specific shopping bag.

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin - Closet Amenities

The minibar came in the form of a small “station.” One side contained the refrigerator, while the other had shelves with a Nespresso machine and other minibar items.

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Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin - Closet Amenities

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin - Closet Amenities

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin – Minibar

There were also a few concealed shelves in one end of the minibar station, which had a kettle and some drink wares.

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin - Minibar

A bottle of wine was resting on the minibar, which the associate who checked me in pointed out as a complimentary welcome amenity.

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin - Welcome Amenity

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin – Welcome Amenity

Bedroom

Two beds against a backdrop of dark wood and rustic mirror made up the bedroom.

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin - Bedroom

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin – Bedroom

Master light controls were next to both beds, and the night stands had the standard phone, note pad, etc.

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin - Bedroom

In lieu of water bottles, the hotel actually provide a large pitcher of water. I really liked this and think it’s a much more environmentally friendly option.

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin - Bedroom

Black-out curtains made for a good night sleep, and when deployed cover a pretty average view.

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin - View

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin - View

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin – View

Bathroom

The Park Hyatt Istanbul is famous for its bathrooms, especially the ones in Park King Spa rooms, since they feature a separate steam room. My Deluxe Twin room wasn’t too shabby, either. Along one side was the vanity, complete with a separate glass sink that delivers clean drinking water.

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin - Vanity

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin – Vanity

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Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin - Drinking Water Sink

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin – Drinking Water Sink

I found dental kits and other amenities in one of the drawers in the bathroom.

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin - Bathroom

On the opposite side was the toilet (in its own compartment with a door) and a steam room/shower combo. Having a private steam room in my own room was absolutely awesome.

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin - Steam room/Shower Combo

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin - Steam room/Shower Combo

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin – Steam room/Shower Combo

The Park Hyatt Istanbul uses Blaise Mautin toiletries, with a signature hotel scent.

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin - Toiletries

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin – Toiletries

A set of plush bathrobes in a receded “closet” divided up the bathroom into two halves.

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin - Bathroom

At the other end of the bathroom was a large soaking tub, with a magazine rack and an extra set of toiletries.

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin - Soaking Tub

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin - Soaking Tub

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin - Soaking Tub

There were also two loofahs, shower caps, and bath salts, along with a remote that controls the LED lighting around the bathtub.

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin - Soaking Tub

Lighting controls in modern hotels can often be confusing. That’s not the case here at the Park Hyatt Istanbul—I had no problem using any of the controls. Additionally, there were no lag times, which I sometimes find to be the case with these electronic controls.

Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin - Light Switches

Breakfast

Both my Hyatt Diamond status and the American Express FHR program give me free breakfast at the restaurant, or via room service. I was impressed by the design of the restaurant, and so I decided to eat there.

Park Hyatt Istanbul Restaurant

The spread wasn’t super elaborate, and featured mostly cold items. However, everything looked delicious and high quality, and I liked just about everything I tried.

Park Hyatt Istanbul Breakfast

Park Hyatt Istanbul Breakfast

Park Hyatt Istanbul Breakfast

Park Hyatt Istanbul Breakfast

Park Hyatt Istanbul Breakfast

Park Hyatt Istanbul Breakfast

Park Hyatt Istanbul Breakfast

Park Hyatt Istanbul Breakfast

There were a few hot items at the buffet, heated by candles (no joke!)

Park Hyatt Istanbul Breakfast

Park Hyatt Istanbul Breakfast

I was also able to order anything I wanted off the menu.

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I was also told that no visit to Turkey is complete without trying the Turkish Tea. Well, when in Rome Turkey…

Park Hyatt Istanbul - Turkish Tea

Park Hyatt Istanbul – Turkish Tea

Swimming Pool

Since it was pretty hot out, I decided to take a quick dip at the hotel pool. To access the pool from the room, you have to first get to the lobby and transfer to a separate set of elevators.

Park Hyatt Istanbul - Elevator to Pool

Park Hyatt Istanbul – Elevator to Pool

Park Hyatt Istanbul - Elevator to Pool

The bridge leading to pool featured some interesting artwork.

Park Hyatt Istanbul - Artwork

Nobody was at the pool when I was there, so it was super tranquil. The pool wasn’t big by any means, but you could still swim small laps if you wanted to.

Park Hyatt Istanbul - Pool

Park Hyatt Istanbul - Pool

Park Hyatt Istanbul - Pool

There were pool benches on a platform, and the hotel made cold water readily available in a refrigerator.

Park Hyatt Istanbul - Pool

There were also couches and bar tables lining the length of the pool, which I imagine would make for a perfect spot for a summer afternoon cocktail.

Park Hyatt Istanbul - Pool

On the far end of the pool was a larger couch with its own TV.

Park Hyatt Istanbul - Pool

Park Hyatt Istanbul - Pool

Overall Impression

I was extremely happy with my stay at the Park Hyatt Istanbul. The hotel was in a intimate neighborhood, but still within walking distance to a number of sights, making it suitable both for relaxing and exploring the city. The room was well appointed, the shower and bath amazing, and all the staff members I encountered were courteous and friendly. Ultimately, this is what I feel like people expect from a Park Hyatt—understated luxury with all the right amenities, in a upscale but accessible neighborhood, and with staff that know how to anticipate needs.

This hotel deserves to be in the $300+ range, and at the rate I paid, this was basically a steal. I would definitely choose to stay at the Park Hyatt if I am ever in Turkey again. (Actually, I just booked a trip back to Istanbul, and the hotel might have a tinnnnny bit to do with it…)

Comments

  1. My wife and I stayed there last summer and loved it. I would respectfully dispute your 15 minute walk claim (especially on the very uphill return), but this has reminded me nicely of what a great property Hyatt has there.

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