Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus
What We Love
- The killer views of the Bosphorus and the Asian shore from the enormous white marble terrace
- Its two glittering swimming pools – one outdoor, one indoor
- The flawless, intuitive service
What To Know
- You will need transport to reach the major historical sights in Sultanahmet
- The décor is more contemporary classic than ornate Ottoman
- Some of the rooms in the modern wings lack water views
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Opt to arrive at the hotel by boat and you’ll be greeted by a sparkling white marble terrace fronting a 19th century former Ottoman palace. Inside, décor is classic and elegant, with links to the building’s royal past in the hand-painted ceilings, silk carpets, 18th-century engravings, lashings of marble and sparkling chandeliers.
Bed and Bath
The 141 rooms and 25 suites are beautifully decorated in muted tones of beige and taupe, aqua and teal blue, complemented with mahogany wood furniture and silk curtains. Bright kilims, embroidered cushions, framed antique prints and ornate ceiling decorations lend a sense of history and place. But, fear not, you’ve got all the modern high-tech necessities–WiFi, satellite TV, DVD players and game consoles (upon request). The gleaming marble bathrooms all have a separate tub and powerful shower as well as L’Occitane amenities.
Start the day with a relaxed buffet breakfast on the terrace, watching the never-ending stream of boats ply the Bosphorus. In the evening, you can feast on AQUA’s Italian and Turkish specialties, including roasted lamb shoulder stuffed with minted artichokes, Pecorino cheese and fava beans, before relaxing with an after-dinner cocktail at the Pool Bar and Grill. Take a break from sightseeing to lounge around the outdoor, turquoise-blue swimming pool. Or head to the vast basement spa, which features three marble hammams and a mosaic-lined pool.
In the Area
The Ottoman glitz of Dolmabahçe Palace is just a short walk away, so you can get there early to beat the tour buses. Sultanahmet is the historic heart of the city and home to its most famous sights: Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. Shop-til-you-drop, from the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar to Nisantasi’s international designers, Galata’s avant-garde fashion and Çukurcuma’s treasure trove of antique and vintage shops. Mikla, on top of the Marmara Pera, is as famous for its show-stopping views as its fabulous fusion menu. Don’t miss partying under the stars at the Bosphorus super club, Reina.
How to Get There
It was a very pleasant stay. The room was elegant and comfortable, and breakfast was scrumptious with too many to choose from. Lovely swimming pool and spa area. Boutique shops in the hotel were very good too. Location was great as we can walk to the Ciragen Palace to enjoy the public area there while smoking shisha.
Like many of my predecessors that stayed and reviewed this hotel I can also that hotel staff from reception, to concierge and room service offered a memorable stay.
Also, need to mention the quality of the room furniture, bathroom amenities, drinks, food and not to forget the incredible view of the Bosphorus from the terrace.
I was inIstanbul for three days transiting from Jordan on a business trip and decided to stay at the Four Seasons, This is my 5th stay and each time I stay it gets better. From the check in, to the concierge team, to housekeeping, the restaurant staff to the grounds everything is flawless! The hotel is perfection. I was upgraded to a palace room facing the courtyard which was beautiful with the high ceilings and beautiful bathroom. Each night of my stay I was sent a great amenity whether a large fruit bowl, pastries or a cheese tray with crudite. The breakfast buffet with the fresh Turkish tea and pomegranate juice was amazing. The weather was a bit chilly so I couldn't sit outside looking at the Bosphorus for breakfast but the indoor with large windows was fine. What makes this hotel amazing is the wonderful team that meets every guests needs with a smile! The new complimentary shuttle between this property and the property in the old city is a great idea..We took the shuttle to the sister hotel then walked to the Grand Bazaar. I was sad that my stay was only for 3 nights! Next time I am certain to stay longer. .
I stayed in many hotels in Istanbul, The four seasons hotel at the Bosphorus the most amazing hotel i stayed in, everything in this hotel was realy amazing, the staff trained very well to satisfy the guests needs
Just a perfect place to stay and have a conference. Staff Are exceptional. One pays and in euros for some bills so the current cheapness of Turkey is not reflected in costs. But never the less great place to stay.