Park Hyatt Istanbul–Maçka Palas, Istanbul $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
Opened in fall 2008, the Park Hyatt is a sophisticated, stylish hotel with all the modest self-assuredness that is the mark of a solid high-end brand. Architect Randy Gerner's interiors offer a refreshing change from the usual Ottoman themes; 1920s-style dark wood paneling, faded Art Deco mirrors, and black and white images come together in this classic old former apartment building in the Nişantaşı neighborhood, a posh district situated just north of Taksim Square. Inspired by the palazzi of Milan, the 1922 edifice was originally intended as an ambassador's residence. Now, the 90 rooms average a sizable 635 square feet, including generous bathrooms with stand-alone tubs, Dornbracht showers, and thoughtful touches like a tap for filtered drinking water. Opt for a Park Deluxe room for a French balcony, or a Spa King unit to melt into your own hammam-style space and en-suite steam room. For dinner, go no further than the ground-floor steak house, the Prime, whose cuts are served in association with Dükkan, the city's top butcher. Overall, the Park Hyatt is a great option for business travelers or those seeking a little indulgence in a classier, less touristy—though still vibrant—part of Istanbul.
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Istanbul's Old City certainly has its charms, but you'll find no more glamorous neighborhood than Nisantasi, with its Parisian-style cafés, recession-be-damned boutiques, and now a suitably posh hotel. An integration of two buildings, the Park Hyatt-Maçka Palas takes its name from the older wing. The 1922 neoclassical building houses all 90 guest rooms, each supremely comfortable and adorned with Art Deco details. The bathrooms may be the most tricked out in Turkey: If the steam shower doesn't cure your jet lag, a color-therapy session in the soaking tub surely will. The newer sectiona converted car showroomhas a cushy sundeck, an outdoor lap pool, a wine bar, and the hotel's two eateries. Truth be told, the lobby café feels somewhat stuffy. More fun is the American-style steak house and, opening later this month, the poolside bar. Need help navigating off property? The helpful staff won't steer you wrong.2009 Hot List
When to go: From April through October to take advantage of the terrace.
Which room to book: The Deluxe rooms that overlook the former Italian embassy and a sliver of the Bosphorus.Subscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›