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!
- 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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