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Park Hyatt Macka Palas, Istanbul, Turkey

Wednesday 25 Apr 2012

A stylish stay

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Park Hyatt offers 5-Star contemporary luxury while paying homage to historical environment 

GKV Architects, designed the Park Hyatt Maçka Palas, marrying historic and exotic elements to modern and luxurious, creating a technological oasis without compromising the iconic historic building and character of Istanbul, Turkey. This achieved the clients goals of bringing modern elements and luxurious amenities while respecting the historic nature of the building and its surroundings while attracting new business and tourism to the area. In addition to the façade restoration, GKV Architects designed 85 spectacular guestrooms, five penthouse suites, an ultra-hip rooftop bar and a first-of-its kind for Istanbul, a steakhouse for the spare-no-expense luxury boutique hotel.

Charged with creating a state-of-the-art hotel in a historic building that formerly served as housing for the Italian consulate, GKV designed a modern glass and steel building called Petit Palas to serve as the entry and house all of the public spaces.  This created a tangible homage to Istanbul current culture by combining the past and present. Boasting a platform entrance with steps, guests are ushered into a vast and dramatically sky-lit space creating the ultimate feeling of grandeur upon arrival.  The check-in desk, purposefully positioned at the back of the lobby, leads guests through the space to fully appreciate the subtle nuances of the hotel's vibrant, yet historical design elements.

Honouring the culture one step further, GKV Architects created a one-of-a-kind bathing experience called wet rooms.  These rooms, like many spaces throughout the hotel, provide the latest in technological lavishness but still respect the locale and acknowledge the societal lifestyle and heritage.  The wet rooms include a choice of five different bathing experiences all in one room.  There is a splash tub, a rain shower, a Turkish bath, a steam shower and a light therapy shower.

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