How would you describe it? Epic, serene, inspired, comforting, elegant and fresh.
Who’d love it? While I’m pretty sure everyone would love to call this hotel home, it tends to attract corporate types and business groups thanks to its state-of-the-art business facilities and proximity to the airport. Situated in the high-end suburb of Atakoy, this five-star hotel also suits couples who want to escape the hectic tourist hubs, and relax after a long day of sightseeing. Home to a grand ballroom, luxury spa complex and seafront garden, the Hyatt Regency also makes for an idyllic wedding venue.
How were the rooms? Our room, with its understated elegance and minimalist design, was exactly what we needed – a retreat offering absolute tranquillity and subtle comfort. While the bed looked simple, a night between its soft sheets was like being cocooned by a cloud – just heavenly. I also loved the bathtub, which had panoramic views of the Marmara Sea. It was the perfect place to wash away the stresses of the day.
How was the service? The service provided by the Hyatt Regency staff was inconspicuous and highly professional. Any special, personal requirements were a quick telephone call or gentle nod away. The hotel had obviously made some clever operational decisions, as the service was always efficient, accurate and seamless. In terms of the hotel’s amenities, Hyatt Regency guests want for nothing. Business facilities, dining areas, intimate chill out nooks (both indoor and outdoor), pools, spa services and gym facilities beg to be enjoyed, while local markets, restaurants, parks and high-end shopping centres are a mere hop, skip and jump away.
How was the food? If the lavish breakfast buffet is anything to go by, the food served at the hotel’s Brizo Restaurant is undoubtedly special. While Ben and I didn’t get the chance to experience a Hyatt Regency lunch or dinner, we relished the morning spread, which included everything from apple crumble served with vanilla bean custard to premium proteins plus a plethora of cheeses. Despite being fuller than a packed lunch, our mouths kept salivating over the hotel’s dessert bar. It was jam-packed with locally-inspired treats, from Turkish delight in every colour of the rainbow to flaky baklava in several different flavours. The chef’s original ice-cream concoctions also looked deliciously divine. The Hyatt Regency really is a food-lovers’ paradise!
What’s different about the place? It’s brand spanking new, yet it runs like a well-oiled machine. The fresh, contemporary aesthetic is wonderfully rejuvenating.
What were the highlights? While the guest rooms ooze modesty and restraint, the Hyatt Regency’s overarching design concept is nothing short of spectacular. Inspired by its proximity to the Marmara Sea, the hotel conjures a classic yet current maritime theme at practically every touch point. The superstructure rises out of the water’s edge like a luxury cruise liner, its perfectly manicured gardens mimicking the look and feel of a posh “pool deck”.
As I stepped into the hotel’s interior, I was instantly transported to another world, one where Titanic had merged with Moby Dick. It’s hollow core, encapsulated by a towering spiral of white rings, were reminiscent of a whale’s ribcage…I felt like I was in the belly of a beautiful beast. The design also reminded me of New York’s Guggenheim Museum or a magnificent, multi-story ship. As I walked around the hotel, I enjoyed uncovering other traces of maritime theming, from the grand staircase, which looked like a pearly Gastropod Shell, to the sandy coloured carpets. I was impressed, intrigued and inspired by the Hyatt Regency’s clever design.
Ataköy 2-5-6. Kısım, Rauf Orbay Caddesi Sahil Yolu No:2/1
Bakırköy, Istanbul, Turkey, 34158
Tel: +90 212 463 1234
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