Sweet Spot Sunday: Why the Park Hyatt Istanbul is a great use of points and free night awards
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I’ve been to Istanbul four times in the last nine years and have stayed at seven different hotels.
While the Hagia Sofia Mansions remains my favourite hotel due to its location, pool and historical significance, the Park Hyatt Istanbul is the best value on points. The hotel is currently a Category 4 World of Hyatt property, meaning it requires just 15,000 points per night. Boasting a great location and amenities, it’s a true bargain at this rate.
If you’re looking to redeem World of Hyatt points and get a great return in the process, look no further. You’ll be able to stay at a great hotel for a reasonable rate on points. Let’s take a closer look at the Park Hyatt Istanbul and what makes it such a great sweet spot redemption.
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Why it’s special
The Park Hyatt Istanbul is located in the fashionable Nisantasi district close to Taksim Square and Sisli. The area is charming, beautiful and really makes you feel like you’re in Paris.
It’s worth noting this area is not where you go to take in Istanbul’s culture. It’s where you go to hang out, buy things and go people-watching. It’s a bit shallow but fun in its own way.
The hotel is about four miles from the Sultanahmet area, where all the major historical sights are located. It can take anywhere from 17 minutes to an hour to get there, depending on traffic. So you really want to save the Park Hyatt for the end of your trip, when you’re done sightseeing and want to spend your days indulging in food, shopping and spa treatments.
The Park Hyatt has a lot of character and a boutique vibe. The rooms are modern yet warm and offer a quiet sanctuary from the bustling city outside. This theme is evident in the hotel lobby, with its glass atrium and on-site spa. I had several meals at both The Lounge and Nusret, which were all fantastic. The spa offered a relaxing reprieve after two hectic weeks in the city.
The neighbourhood has tons of great dining options and if you’re up for it, there’s a Nusret restaurant inside the hotel. When I stayed there in August 2020, it had just opened and the owner of the hotel and restaurant (of Salt Bae meme fame), was there. He even chopped up a steak at our table and took photos. It’s a fun experience. And yes, Nusret really is that good. And the spectacle around how he serves his steak is pretty entertaining.
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I recommend the beef carpaccio, butter steak and chocolate cake for dessert. The steaks are served family-style and are the best I’ve had anywhere. I’ve been to three Nusret locations and the one inside the Park Hyatt Istanbul is by far the best one (not to mention the most beautiful).
But enough about the hotel and its surrounding area: What makes this hotel so special is that it’s a Category 4 hotel and bookable for just 15,000 points per night. Not only is this property a bargain for a Park Hyatt in this kind of neighbourhood, but considering room rates go well over £250 per night in the summer, it’s a terrific use of Hyatt points.
After two weeks of running around Istanbul to take in all the sights, it was nice to spend a few days at the Park Hyatt, getting spa treatments, eating meals prepared by a celebrity chef and just doing a lot of nothing.
How to book this award
Booking any Hyatt award is straightforward. All you have to do is type in the hotel information (location and dates) into the search field and check off “use points.” You can choose between a standard room, suite, free night or Points + Cash award.
Cash + Points awards aren’t always the best value. For example, I searched for a room at the Park Hyatt Istanbul in May. The Points + Cash award rate is 7,500 points and $157 (about £112) per night, while the lowest cash rate is $246 (about £175).
If you’re short on points for a full award booking and just want to save a little, go for it. But if you’re booking two nights, you’re better off redeeming points for one night and paying cash for the other instead of a Points + Cash award.
The Park Hyatt Istanbul is a great hotel with a fantastic location in the heart of Istanbul’s shopping district. If you’re looking for a high-value redemption for your Hyatt points, you will find that here. Between the relatively high paid rates and the hotel’s low category, you’ll truly find value in your rewards.
Featured photo of the Park Hyatt Istanbul by Ariana Arghandewal/The Points Guy
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