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
My family and I were keen to stay at the Four Seasons Bosphorus during our 4 nights stay in Istanbul given the positive reviews on TripAdvisor. What a disappointment to experience the worst customer service ever while trying to book the rooms:
First, I emailed the Four Seasons to get some information regarding the booking. I received a rather poor answer over 48 hours later. Still, I decided to go ahead with the booking. As I didn't get an answer to my email I finally decided to book via Booking.com. The experience was faster and easier...shocking that a top luxury hotel provides a worse booking experience than Booking.com.
Yet unfortunately, the poor service continued... The hotel cancelled my booking supposedly because my credit card wasn't working. I sent an email to understand why this could have happened and sort it out, but they cancelled anyway without trying to contact me and again they never answered to my messages, unbelievable!! Now the room rate I had secured is no longer available, and the hotel refused to offer me that initial price.
There is a serious issue with their reservation team in Istanbul and management should investigate how they deal with customers. Sadly, I am now considering booking at the Nearby Kempinski instead.
Very beautiful Bosphorus hotel! We only went to see and drink coffee! But we will have to stay there next time because it is so beautiful! The atmosphere is incredible, the decor is historic and the arrangement of flowers is wonderful! I will come back soon with great pleasure!
This hotel is absolutely stunning and the location is without doubt the best in the city. All the food selection from the bar, restaurant and breakfast was delicious and timely. The Sushi In Aqua was AMAZING!! Staff were all very attentive and helpful and spoke very good English. Hotel decoration is very tasteful and was upgraded on arrival to a room with a great view onto the Bosporus. Spa was an amazing facility and luckily not too busy, felt very calming. Would definitely return 100%!
Spent three days for business there.
Food is great, rooms are great, with nice service, and last but not least, the location is awesome.
Being able to see the bosphorus from dusk to dawn every day, "living" in themiddle of it is an amazing experience that is a big part of the magic of this hotel.
The staff is really nice, always ready to help you, and bedrooms are big, especially the bed, with daily dedicated attentions.
I clearly recommend that place.
We enjoyed our stay at the FS Istanbul Bosphorus. It is a large property with lots of amenities -- such as the indoor pool and large spa and fitness center. The buffet breakfast has a variety of foods and eggs made to order. We stayed here after having stayed for four nights at the FS Sultanahmet. Although we liked the Bosphorus property, we preferred the Sultanahmet because it is smaller and within walking distance of the city's best sites. Both properties have excellent concierge and housekeeping services.