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
A fabulous hotel in the vibrant city of Istanbul. The hotel is beautiful with a fantastic courtyard overlooking the river Bosphorus. We stayed with the Four Seasons for a long weekend in February during which the hotel had 'igloos' out in the courtyard along the river which were made of perspex, with heaters, blankets and speakers inside and were a perfect place for lunch, afternoon tea or a few drinks before or after supper. The room at the hotel are luxurious, they are very spacious and bathrooms are equipped with baths and showers. There are also fantastic facilities on offer; the hotel spa is great with saunas, steam rooms, a pool, jacuzzi and massage services amongst others available. The gym, while we didn't use it, was very big and looked state of the art, the hair salon did great blow drys on short notice. There was also an ice rink during our stay which was great fun, and while the pool wasn't open there was music and activities on by the pool which created a great atmosphere. We ate in the 'igloos' off of the hotels bar-like menu multiple times. The menu offered a wide variety of food from turkish delicacies, to continental classics like pizza or calamari. The wine list was also excellent with some great turkish wines. We went to the Sunday brunch buffet at the hotel which I cannot recommend more. The variety of food on offer was amazing and included steaks, lamb shwarma, sushi, tanginess, koftas. The food was all delicious and there was a great atmosphere. The hotel is not right in the centre of the city, and therefore quite and more private, however, it is still a short taxi ride to any of the main attractions and there is a free shuttle bus between the Bosphorus hotel and the Sultanahmet hotel which is more central.
Couldn't recommend the hotel any more.
Simply a magnificent hotel in every sense. Location is perfect, rooms magnificent, staff extremely engaging, gym amazing, pools terrific. The restaurants are all great and the service everywhere is first class.
WOW I travel a lot and the Four Seasons is one of the best hotels in the world. As far as every detail they deliver. The view and location are classic being right on the Bosphorus looking at Asia with a beautiful swimming pool and restaurants that have some of the best food in Istanbul. For me it is the people that work at a hotel and the Four Seasons has outstanding staff they want you to be happy and comfortable. They don’t do it because they are told by management they do it because it’s in their nature. It’s impossible not to enjoy this hotel
Visited the hotel for lunch and dinner. The waterfront restaurant’s are amazing. Views can not be better. Service was very good. The service staff was exceptional. Did not stay at this hotel as we were staying in Ciraganpalace, but definitely looking forward at staying at this property on our next visit.
I would take this as an opportunity in thanking Mr. Gokhan Uslu, who I believe works in the engineering department for finding my wife’s diamond bangle and depositing it with the hotel.
We loved our stay here - particularly given the amazing view of the Bosphorus! The rooms are well kept and quiet (with those beautifully soft four seasons beds), the hotel has two pools and a decent gym, the spa service is incredible, the restaurant is lovely (and fully outdoors in the summer), and they have two pools - including one looking out to the Bosphorus! The service throughout the hotel is incredible. We loved every minute of our stay here and look forward to being back.