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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
All you expect from a four seasons, at a magical location by the bosphorus.
Service is exceptional, installations are beautiful. Enjoy your dinner or drinks overlooking the bosphorus or head to the pool area for relaxation.
Beautiful Hotel, excellent service, great atmosphere . a very nice escape place either for business or leisure. wonderful views for the Bosphorus . Loved the pool and spa area. And do not forget to try the brunch on Sundays.
There are probably 3 luxury hotels on the bhosphorous river, our group stayed in all 3. All have their advantages. Four Seasons has a lovely frontage on the river—- breakfast, swim, dinner or just a stroll all by/on the river. Rooms are spacious, bathrooms large. There are two wings to stay in and few river view rooms, it doesn’t matter just come down and enjoy the water from the open restaurants.... Staff and service is phenomenal food good and Alcohol range good. Location very good.