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“Very good hotel - away from centre” 5 of 5 stars
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The Grand Tarabya
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Haydar Aliyev Caddesi No 154 | Tarabya, Sariyer, Istanbul 34457, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #124 of 979 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
North Ferriby, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
“Very good hotel - away from centre”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013 via mobile

Cannot fault the service or the standard of the hotel. If you get a view of the river it is great. An earlier review mentioned no chairs on balcony and that is still the case - however housekeeping brought two conference chairs and a small table to replace the desk chair and stool we had taken out. If you want tea/coffee making equipment in your room ask room service and they will deliver (free of charge). Hotel prices are expensive (but it is a top class hotel) - but was surprised when two scoops of ice cream by pool cost TL 20 (about £7.20). It is a good way out of central town. Get a cab to nearest metro station (TL 8) and then three lots of TL 3 to get into old town - get map from guest services.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gülüm B, Public Relations Manager at The Grand Tarabya, responded to this review, June 7, 2013
Dear The Grand Tarabya Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about The Grand Tarabya.
We are very glad to hear that you have enjoyed your stay at our hotel. We do our best to provide our guests whatever they need. Our team is working ceaselessly to exceed expectations of our guests and put a smile on their faces.
We would also like to thank you about the transportation tip that connects our peaceful location with the city center.
We are looking forward to welcoming you again in the future to provide you with our personalized service at its best.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013 via mobile

This place is one of the most amazing hotels I've been to. The place is clean and neat, from the balcony you can see the bosphorus, that view worths every penny!
The Resturant also have the same view! You will actually stop before you have another bit of the delicious food just to sneak a peak of the Bosphorus.
The spa had its own Turkish hammam, which is something you must do when you are in turkey, it's clean and luxurious.
The staff from the doormen to the manager are very lovely and sweet! What ever you need they will make it their priority!
The location is the only problem, it's actually very far from Istanbul's attraction!

I can actually keep writing a lovely things about this place!
To sum all what I need to say about this hotel, it's perfect!

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gülüm B, Public Relations Manager at The Grand Tarabya, responded to this review, June 7, 2013
Dear The Grand Tarabya Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about The Grand Tarabya.
We are very glad to hear that you have enjoyed your stay at our hotel. Our team is working ceaselessly to exceed expectations of our guests and put a smile on their faces.
We are looking forward to welcoming you again in the future to provide you with our personalized service at its best.
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Lagos, Nigeria
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Stayed here for 5 days in April. It is a new hotel, so relatively not many people occupying now. The rooms are very good. Meals are great. Though the front desk people are a bit slow. Could be as a result of language barrier

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Gülüm B, Public Relations Manager at The Grand Tarabya, responded to this review, May 10, 2013
Dear The Grand Tarabya Guest,
We really appreciate your taking time for sharing your opinions. We are glad to hear you enjoyed our rooms and our service. Thank you for your valuable constructive feedback about the Front Desk. We would like to inform you that related departments have been informed to take necessary actions and measures.
We value your opinion to improve our ever developing personalized service and hope to welcome you again at The Grand Tarabya.
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milwaukee
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52 reviews 52 reviews
31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013 via mobile

I was traveling on business and was floored when the car pulled up. The hotel is amazing. My room faced the water and had full length windows with a large walk-out balcony. (Note to management ... Chairs on the balcony would be nice!) Wireless worked well, bathroom well appointed and airy, food in restaurant nice. We watched the huge container and cruise ships go by during meetings in the conference rooms. Service was great. Only issue and it was a small one is that the front desk team did not always understand English but could get someone quickly who could communicate.

Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Gülüm B, Public Relations Manager at The Grand Tarabya, responded to this review, May 10, 2013
Dear The Grand Tarabya Guest,
We really appreciate your taking time for sharing your opinions. We are glad to hear you enjoyed our rooms and our service. Thank you for your valuable constructive feedback about our Front Desk. We would like to inform you that related departments have been informed to take necessary actions and measures.
We value your opinion to improve our ever developing personalized service and hope to welcome you again at The Grand Tarabya.
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Irvine, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
42 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

We stayed here for 4 nights during March 2013. This is a brand new hotel on the Bosphorous.

The location is on the European side and you get a real taste of Istanbul away from the tourist area which can be easily reached by convenient cabs and takes about 30 minutes during the day time.

The rooms are immaculately clean with very nice views of the bosphorous from the balcony. The bathrooms are outstanding. They have an excellent fitness center and spa. There is only one restaurant open right now where we had breakfast which is quite good.

The service is very impressive and the concierge was very helpful.

I would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Sea View Rooms on the higher floors are worth the extra price
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gülüm B, Public Relations Manager at The Grand Tarabya, responded to this review, May 10, 2013
Dear The Grand Tarabya Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about The Grand Tarabya.
We are very glad to hear that you have enjoyed your stay at our hotel. Our team is working ceaselessly to exceed expectations of our guests and put a smile on their faces.
Good news! Our new café&restaurant is now open! We are looking forward to welcoming you again in the future to provide you with our personalized service at its best.
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Istanbul, Turkey
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

I'm a difficult customer. I know I'm a difficult customer. I spend pretty much every week of my life living in hotels across the World. I wasn't expecting anything exceptional to be honest, but what a complete joy this hotel is. Superb and I mean superb room. Immaculately clean, enormous bedroom with state of the art gadgets; divine bathroom; luxury moulton brown toiletries; large, comfy bed with premium linen, balcony and french door; electric curtains; well-stocked mini-bar (bit pricey); desk; enormous flat screen TV; big, comfy chair and foot stool... just fab... bathroom is par excellence.. deep, spa bath, separate shower and separate toilet...all in marble... open bathroom wall into the bedroom with mirrored, electric shutters...view of the marina...just spot on...
Common areas are delightful and opulent... restaurant has EXCEPTIONAL service and commensurate cuisine... try the local Turkish Sauvignon Blanc (I'm a wine snob - I live in France) a real surprise... I was expecting vinegar and it was really rather good! Sea Bass was freshly caught and dessert...... ohh myyyyyyyyyy... dessert... needless to say there was an embarassing excess of yummy naughtiness...all in all... a memorable stay... really, lovely, friendly but superbly professional staff... great food... and wow-factor hotel...What more can you want? I'll be back! (didn't use the spa so can't comment, as I was here on business)

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gülüm B, Public Relations Manager at The Grand Tarabya, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
Dear The Grand Tarabya Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about The Grand Tarabya.
We are very glad to hear that you have enjoyed your stay at our hotel. Our team is working ceaselessly to exceed expectations of our guests and put a smile on their faces.
We are looking forward to welcoming you again in the future to provide you with our personalized service at its best.
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Vancouver, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I am completing this as I look out to the Bosphorus and I can hear the call to prayer in the background from a local mosque. My room couldn't be more perfect for me: a high back chair and footstool; a balcony with a door that opens; luxury duvet on the beds with crisp white linens, slippers and terrycloth robe provided; a soaker tub; a rain shower head; a desk for work with a comfortable chair; plenty of hangers for my clothes and a safe. The public areas are lovely. I was greeted by name when I arrived (how did they know?) and a lovely women escorted me to my room with my bags arriving shortly afterwards. The spa was perfect and my young lady was very capable and charming. The restaurant staff couldn't have been more helpful -- both dinner and breakfast. The hotel clearly has attracted the best of the best as the staff are professional, friendly and gracious. I love it here. You will too!

Room Tip: Any room that looks out to the Boshphorus is worth having.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gülüm B, Public Relations Manager at The Grand Tarabya, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
Dear The Grand Tarabya Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about The Grand Tarabya.
We are very glad to hear that you have enjoyed your room, our views and the service at our hotel.
We are looking forward to welcoming you again in the future to provide you with our personalized service at its best.
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Address: Haydar Aliyev Caddesi No 154 | Tarabya, Sariyer, Istanbul 34457, Turkey
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Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #124 of 979 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Grand Tarabya 5*
Number of rooms: 248
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Grand Tarabya is one of the very first five star hotels of Turkey and a true landmark of genuine traditional Turkish hospitality. Combining Turkish hospitality with high standards service and architecture, The Grand Tarabya is a classic in local collective memory as well as a great memory for international guests. With all its glory and glamour, The Grand Tarabya is now entirely renovated, has modernized its tradition and ready to endure its very special place in the hearts and minds.Overview, After an extensive restoration and renovation period, legendary The Grand Tarabya is ready to welcome its guests in 2013. A new member of the Leading Hotels of the World, the luxurious five-star, The Grand Tarabya is located within the Tarabya Bay on the European shores of the Bosphorus. The hotel is 30 kilometres away from Istanbul Ataturk International Airport.Tarabya is a unique spot in Istanbul, with a picturesque view of the harbour and the beautiful landscape.Guest Rooms & Suites168 deluxe guest rooms, 79 Suites, 1 presidential suite, 30 luxury fully serviced apartments. High speed wireless LAN, Safety deposit box, Self-controlled air-conditioning, Bathtub and shower, Minibar, Tea and coffee making facilities, LCD TV, Data port and international direct telephone line with voice mail service. ... more   less 
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