Smithsonian Journeys offered a "Voyages to Antiquity" cruise of the Mediterranean on the small cruise ship Aegean Odyssey (which we LOVED!!!) and the first 2 nights of the tour package were booked into this hotel; we could not have been happier. The hotel room was large, clean, and quiet, and the breakfast was truly exceptional in every possible respect. Fresh omelettes or any style of eggs made to order, wonderful choices of fruits, pastries, meats, etc. filled several serving tables for the buffet, and always the most courteous staff of truly bi-lingual professionals. The entire stay was absolutly a complete joy. Hotel public spaces were welcoming and very nicely done; everything was so very clean and attractive.
This hotel is not located in old Istanbul which was, to us, an added bonus. This newer part of town (as opposed to Old Town) is more European in its feel; it has more of a village atmosphere. A very short walk takes you to Taksim Square and to all the little streets that are adjacent to the Square which have an amazing array of restaurants and shops. This location has fewer Mosques and you do not hear the "call to prayer" broadcasts (5 times a day) as much as you do in the older part of town. These calls start about 6 a.m. or so.
This location is also conveniently located fairly near the port and any stay in Istanbul is not complete without a cruise of the Bosphorus. Daily excursions of a couple of hours by ferry boat are easy to book. Any other day trips to the archeological and historic sites can be arranged and, considering the crazy traffic here in Istanbul, it is good to let someone else have that headache.
The neighborhoods were pedestrian and tourist friendly and we never once felt unwelcome or concerned for our safety. Istanbul is such a special city, we will be back and will certainly stay at this fine property again.
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- Grand Hyatt Istanbul Hotel
- Istanbul Hyatt Regency
- Hyatt Istanbul
- Istanbul Hyatt
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