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
We stayed here for our 10th anniversary and were treated with seemingness attention from the entire staff. From check-in, spa and housekeeping service with their unexpected surprises. Highly recommend it!
Impressive service, great location, attentive staff, with particular care to our two babies across various moments of our stay. Every member of staff featured a smile plus a genuine spirit of service. Rooms are well organized and clean, plus extremely well furnished.
Great location with stunning Bosphorus view. Every time you walk the ocean front, you can be fascinated by the view.
The room and facilities were gorgeous but not too much. Cleanliness was perfect.
I was so impressed how well all staffs recognized each guest and all of them did everything they could do to satisfy my requests. They even proposed great service which was beyond my expectation. The level of service was overwhelming and this hotel gave me one of the best hotel stay experiences in 5 stars hotels I have ever had. I strongly recommend this hotel for all.
Been to Istanbul few times but my first time stay at this gorgeous hotel. From the landscape to the lobby to the rooms and spa this hotel is just amazing. The rooms so comfortable with amazing window view. Food and service are 7 stars the whole hotel team so friendly and helpful. Loved it
It was great exprience , i had my birhtday in four seasons and they suprised me 3 times ! Hotel service was acceptable but service and repect was amazing ! The location is great and breakfast was good.