Turkey is often described as the place where East meets West; part Europe, part Asia—it’s a confluence of civilizations. Like its host country, the Presidential Suite at Park Hyatt Istanbul-Maçka Palas is a combination of unflinching pampering and over-the-top amenities. The duplex suite occupies a corner on the top floor of the Art Deco building, which was originally built in 1922 by the Italian architect Giulio Mongeri, who was inspired by the palazzos of Milan.
The Presidential Suite's upper level is a private area to get work done and offers views of the Nisantasi district.
The suite measures 2,690 square feet and every foot is filled out by an impressive array of amenities, such as the full Turkish bath with steam room or Dornbracht RainSky shower. One quirky touch we love is the refrigerated cosmetic cabinet. Floor-to-ceiling windows and a private terrace offering aerial city and Bosphorus views complete the effect. Guests also have the services of a butler, which comes in handy after a day’s shopping at the many high-end stores within walking distance. Note: Emporio Armani and Gucci have boutiques on the ground floor of the hotel.
Our favorite portion of the Presidential Suite is its top floor, a living room area that looks like a chic attic space with a slanted wood-beamed ceiling, multiple cubbyholes and windows that match the ascending design of the ceiling.
A large Turkish rug piece ties the room together. VIPs won’t have to worry about security either. The suite has its own private elevator, which top officials, foreign dignitaries, wealthy Middle Eastern families and one “opinion leader” from the U.S., we’re told, have used to get in and out without hassle.
For guests who want total privacy, private dinners can be arranged in the large dining room. However, for Presidential Suite guests who’d rather dine out, Park Hyatt Istanbul-Maçka Palas offers The Prime, which does what Turks do best: grilled meats and seafood. In this case, food is prepared atop a lava stone grill.
Luxury travel advisors can contact Melike Sözdinler ([email protected]; 011-90-212-368-1234) for further questions.