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The Grand Tarabya
Ranked #64 of 1,150 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Wonderful stay at a unique hotel”
Reviewed March 5, 2014

My fiancé and I stayed at the Grand Tarabya for one night (on a Sunday). We booked a regular room with a garden view and were upgraded to a deluxe suite overlooking the Bosphorus. The suite was spacious and had all the amenities one would expect from a 5 star luxury hotel (and more). The view from the suite (and generally from any part of the hotel) is beautiful and the suite was very large and had two balconies.

We made use of the spa and ordered room service. The staff and the service were top notch. The breakfast had a great selection and the food was delicious.

Overall, we had an amazing stay at the Grand Tarabya. Definitely worth the Luxury Hotels of the World badge! Will certainly stay at the Grand Tarabya again.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Deniz O, Guest Relations Manager at The Grand Tarabya, responded to this review, March 7, 2014
Dear The Grand Tarabya Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to share your opinions about The Grand Tarabya. We are glad to hear you enjoyed our rooms, restaurants, SPA and the most important our service. Our team is working ceaselessly to exceed expectations of our guests and put a smile on their faces; and it is our pleasure to hear we could do so.
We sincerely hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the near future.
Kind Regards,

Deniz Ozdol
Guest Relations Manager
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

amazing Hotel , nice , elegant , view is breathtaking ! Service excellent ! Concierge very helpful .
A real nice getaway …away from the crowed .The SPA is amazing .Breakfast at restaurant good .
Just perfect !

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Deniz O, Guest Relations Manager at The Grand Tarabya, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
Dear The Grand Tarabya Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to share your valuable feedback about The Grand Tarabya.
We are very glad to hear that you have enjoyed our outlets such as Spa and the restaurant, as well as our Concierge services.
We are looking forward to welcoming you again in the future to provide you with our personalized service at its best.
Kind Regards,

Deniz Ozdol
Guest Relations Manager
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Algiers, Algeria
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

I have been in this hotel for some meetings and found it very nice, with a super view on the Bosphorus far from Istanbul, service is perfect and food as well.
Bathroom with shower and bath.
I encourage all to be there, far from the urban noise !!!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Deniz O, Guest Relations Manager at The Grand Tarabya, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
Dear The Grand Tarabya Guest,
We do thank your for taking your time to share your valuable feedback about The Grand Tarabya.
We are very glad to hear that you have enjoyed your stay at our hotel, and looking forward to welcoming you again in the future to provide you with our personalized service at its best.

Best Regards,

Deniz Ozdol
Guest Relations Manager
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

I was lucky to stay at The Grand Tarabya between 4-12 January for a business meeting in Istanbul. Hotel is located in a lovely location, which does nor feel like part of chaotic Istanbul, it feels more like fishing village. Hotel has been in Istanbul's history for a long time, but last years renovation is visible everywhere you would look. Rooms are spacious, very nicely decorated, there is a balcony available for smokers, but also to enjoy the breathtaking view. Housekeeping is very efficient, clean sheets, towels, small selection of sweets are available in the room in no time. Bathroom is full marble, very modern sanitary items are used in the rest, so the bathroom does not feel very classical either. Restaurants are a bit on the pricy side, but the food is delicious, very well prepared and very fresh. Even in open buffet option they still prepare more traditional Turkish dishes where guests can enjoy the real Turkish cusine beyond kebabs.
Hotel has a good gym, which is almost always empty, open 24 hours. Istinye Park shopping mall is 15-20 min taxi ride, business districts Maslak and Levent are 20-30 min taxi ride as well. There are great selection of restaurants within walking distance offering world food like the BigChefs, great seafood restaurant SET, upscale middle eastern kithen Kasibeyaz and cheaper but very authentic seafood option Takanik is available in Yenikoy.
The only thing I noticed as development area is that the office staff working at the hotel just walks by without even greeting their guests. In my opinion this has nothing to do with the traditional Turkish hospitality, if they start doing this I believe it would contribute significantly to the guest experience.

Room Tip: Take room with Bosphorus view, from upper floors, you will not regret. The view is simply breathtaki...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
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Deniz O, Guest Relations Manager at The Grand Tarabya, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
Dear The Grand Tarabya Guest,
We really appreciate your taking time for sharing your opinions. We are glad to hear you enjoyed our rooms, restaurants and the facilities. Thank you for your valuable constructive feedback that gives us the opportunity to develop our personalized service.
We do hope to welcome you again at The Grand Tarabya.

Kind Regards,

Deniz Ozdol
Guest Relations Manager
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 11, 2014

I stayed at The Grand Tarabya for a business trip, flying in late and leaving very early. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff who maintained a fantastic level of service without any of the snooty attitude one would get in a comparable British hotel. The hotel is beautiful with bedrooms that are excellently fitted out with plenty of gadgets to enable maximum comfort.

Room Tip: Pay the extra for the view over the Bosphorus.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
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Deniz O, Guest Relations Manager at The Grand Tarabya, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
Dear The Grand Tarabya Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to share your valuable feedback about The Grand Tarabya.
We are very glad to hear that you have enjoyed your short stay and the service provided at our hotel.
We are looking forward to welcoming you again in the future to provide you with our personalized service at its best.
Yours sincerely,

Deniz Ozdol
Guest Relations Manager
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

My Husband and I stayed at this hotel at the end of Nov for 2 nights and I must say it was a such a delight to visit.

This hotel is absolutely gorgeous and we did not want to leave.

We had an amazing time here, a lovely room with a nice balcony overlooking the Bosphorus which gives a lovely relaxing view.

The rooms are very large with all the facilities you require.

We had a huge bed which was so comfortable with lovely soft linen and pillows.

A desk area and a large chair to relax in.

Wifi available in the rooms at all times which is very useful.

Plenty of wardrobe and storage space within the room.

Nice lighting, lots of gadgets and volume control in the bathroom so can watch / listen to the TV.

A minibar ,fridge area and helpful staff who are more than happy to bring ice for chilled drinks.

Water is supplied daily in your room free of charge which is a nice helpful touch.

Facilities to iron your clothes if required and wonderfully comfortable bathrobes to relax in.

The bathroom is a delight too, a large deep bath which is lovely to slide into after a day out exploring Istanbul lovely to relax in with plenty of complimentary toiletries on hand for use.

Particularly loved the electronic glass tile window that you can open and close in the bathroom so you can open and lie in the bath watching TV if so required,but also close for privacy if desired.

Large bathroom with separate shower and toilet with their own glass doors.

The walk in shower is a great size very powerful with a huge shower head and options for your chosen level of pressure.

The hotel has a lovely location with a great view it's out of the centre of Istanbul but that's fine as you can get out and about easily.
Local fisherman all around the harbour area enjoying their daily fishing activities.
Very quiet and relaxing and an up market area with some lovely old Turkish buildings.

The main areas of the hotel are tastefully decorated with lovely furniture.
Great lobby area and plenty of relaxing seats and sofas for time to chill out.

The hotel is spotlessly clean and cannot fault anything at all.

We loved the fact that there is a bus stop just outside the hotel, come out of the main entrance and bear to the right and it's just there, was great to jump on the bus with the locals and get around.

You need to get a travel pass which you can use then on all types of transport, buy from stations, or machines and add the amount of journeys you want to start with and then just top up as required. You can pay on some buses with money but not recommended.
We used our travel pass on trams, metro etc to get all around Istanbul.
The buses are very frequent, very cheap and easy to use, schedules and routes in English.

Breakfast was wonderful so much choice, cereals, fruit, fresh juices, meats, cheese, plenty of different types of bread. Also hot food, sausages,bacon and eggs and more.
Help yourself Buffett which did not feel crowded and plenty of room to get around.
Fresh tea and coffee brought to the table, and top up of juice and fresh water.
We sat by the window enjoying the morning sun coming in whilst eating breakfast and taking in the lovely view- a great way to start the morning.

Great service and very efficient.

I must also say thank you to all the staff, every staff member we encountered was so helpful and friendly and would always walk past and say hello and smile.
All the staff are so polite and want to do anything they can to help.
The training of the staff is first class, what a lovely bunch of people who really make the hotel even more special.

I would totally recommend this hotel.
You must visit if you can as you will not be disappointed.
It's Amazing........

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Deniz O, Guest Relations Manager at The Grand Tarabya, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
Dear The Grand Tarabya Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to share your valuable feedback about The Grand Tarabya.
We are glad to hear that you have enjoyed your stay our hotel. It's our team's pleasure to be able to put a smile on your face and exceed your expectations. We are looking forward to welcoming you again in the future to provide you with our personalized service at its best.
Yours sincerely,

Deniz Ozdol
Guest Relations Manager
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

Choose a room with balcony to Bosphorus ( it costs a bit more buy it worths it )
Also very nice service and facilities ( very nice in door pool - they dont mention at their site !?)
Full buffet breakfast is the best you can find in Istanbul
( would be nice if they improved their WiFi system and do not try to get 10 usd for car parking !?)

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
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Deniz O, Guest Relations Manager at The Grand Tarabya, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
Dear The Grand Tarabya Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about The Grand Tarabya.
We are glad to hear that you have enjoyed your stay our hotel. We do thank you for sharing your constructive comments with us. Please rest assured that we have informed the related departments to take the necessary actions.
We are looking forward to welcoming you again in the future to provide you with our personalized service at its best.
Yours sincerely,

Deniz Ozdol
Guest Relations
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Property: The Grand Tarabya
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
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Ranked #64 of 1,150 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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