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
This place is majestic. From the first second I walked in, until the minute I left I was treated in the best way possible. Even for a top notch chain like the Four Seasons, this is exceptional. The level of detail, warmness and class is out of this world. The place looks amazing and it’s truly beautiful when you walk on the terras watching the Bosporus.
Highly, highly recommended.
Excellent service, great property and new level of hospitality. I’m a frequent traveler and I stay many five star hotels around the globe, the Fourseaosns Bosphorus is by far the top city hotel. The attentive staff and Turkish hospitality makes it a great experience every time I stay there, they always manage to beat my expectations.
As with all four seasons this is a beautiful hotel which overlooks the water. It is however a long distance to the main town and getting a taxi there or bus can take a long time due to traffic.
The rooms are not huge but very nice and the staff are all very helpful and nice.
We wanted a small lunch out on the terrace by the water but the menu was disappointing as only had a few small bites on there and you had to go in the restaurant next to it for a better menu. That restaurant was empty as it was a sunny day so they'd be better off expanding the bar menu to attract more diners.
Well worth a stay though