Hello from Istanbul, or as the locals like to think the world where one Euro equals one Lira.
I’m just spending the night at the Park Hyatt Istanbul, and damn I’m blown away by this place. I generally love Park Hyatts, though this must by among my favorites.
It’s a category five hotel meaning it would have cost 18,000 Gold Passport points per night, but instead I booked through American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts at a rate of 200 Euros, which includes a $100USD hotel credit, free breakfast, a room upgrade, and 4PM check-out (though I get everything except the $100 hotel credit for being a Diamond member anyway). It seemed like a no brainer to pay in this case.
This is one of the smallest Park Hyatt properties at just 90 rooms, and the service has totally been up to the standards you’d expect from such a small hotel. I took a public taxi to the hotel, and as the bellman opened the taxi’s door he welcomed me to the Park Hyatt by name. As I walked up to the reception desk I was also addressed by name without identifying myself. Now that’s service!
What this hotel is best known for is their Spa King rooms, which I got upgraded to. These aren’t suites, but interestingly they’re more expensive than their standard suites, and now I can see why. The rooms are a decent size, with a king bed, desk, and chair with ottoman.
But check out the bathroom. Oh, the bathroom! It features a soaking tub, rainforest shower, and even a steam room. That’s right, a steam room in your hotel room!
It even has mood lighting where you can choose the color. After all, nothing ruins a bath quite like your non-preferred color of lighting!
Anyway, I’ll have lots more details with the trip report, though let me simply say this hotel is awesome. Not only is it physically a beautiful hotel, but the degree to which service is personalized is almost unlike anything I’ve experienced before. At breakfast this morning the guest relations manager came by to welcome me and told me to let her know if I needed anything. I guess that’s a benefit of having only 90 rooms!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to the steam room…