The Park Hyatt Macka Palas offers distinctly personalized service that highlights Istanbul’s local culture. Whether guests want to discover the best of Istanbul’s boutiques with a personal shopper, indulge in some male grooming at a traditional Turkish barber, or visit a local fortune-teller for a fun coffee-cup reading, the hotel can make it happen. Located in the exclusive Nişantaşı neighborhood, rooms offer art deco styling with French balconies, lashings of warm wood, and neutral tones used throughout. Deep bathtubs, Dornbracht showers, and bath products by French perfumer Blaise Mautin add an indulgent edge to soaping up, while separate workspaces with ergonomically designed desks are a thoughtful addition for business travelers. For extra indulgence, the hotel’s unique Spa Rooms bring the Turkish bath experience in-room with oversized bathrooms featuring opulent traditional hammam fixtures and steam rooms.
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Although within easy striking distance of the central business district around Taksim Square, Nişantaşı has a quieter vibe and a more residential feel. One of Istanbul’s most sought-after addresses and the city’s most fashionable quarter, this neighborhood is home to the city’s best-preserved examples of art nouveau architecture. The area is also a shopper’s paradise. Nişantaşı is packed with boutiques from both hip local designers and high-class international fashion brands. The lanes here are also lined with trendy cafés and restaurants for stops between shopping.
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Rooms: 90 in total. King rooms from $470, Deluxe rooms from $500, Spa King rooms $525, and suites from $550. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: With a smart urban ambience of minimalist gray-and-white complements, the Lounge features a modern Turkish menu of dishes such as confit duck leg with braised Puy lentils, and slow-braised lamb neck with chickpeas (open 6:30 a.m.–midnight). For French-influenced dining, Istanbul’s movers and shakers head to La Petite Maison (open noon–11:30 p.m.), where the crisp herb-infused flavors of the Côte d’Azur are served up in central Istanbul. Spa and gym details: Treatments at the Park Hyatt Macka Palas Spa incorporate both Ottoman and global techniques that utilize traditional rose, jasmine, and cardamom oils. The 65-foot outdoor pool (open during summer months) provides a relaxing cooldown after a hot day on the city streets, while the 24-hour fitness center boasts an impressive range of weight-training and cardiovascular equipment.
Who’s it for: Well-heeled fashionistas looking for a stylish city base. Our favorite rooms: Corner rooms on the seventh and eighth floors have the best views. For complete personal pampering, though, book a Spa Room. Plan ahead: Speak to the hotel concierge to make dinner reservations at La Petite Maison. During summer months, be sure to request a table on the lovely outdoor terrace.