Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet
What We Love
- The location, just steps from the city’s major historical sights
- Watching the sun set over Sultanahmet from the roof terrace, cocktail in hand
- The flower-filled garden is an oasis of peace in the city
What To Know
- Impeccable service
- There’s no pool because there’s a Byzantine Palace buried beneath the hotel
- Wifi isn’t free
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Housed in a century-old Turkish prison, the neoclassical building is full of character, with arched windows, decorative tiled panels and a beautifully manicured garden. There are nods to the building’s palatial Ottoman past in the hand-painted ceilings, silk carpets, engravings and sparkling chandeliers. Otherwise the decor is contemporary-classic, with sumptuous furnishings in neutral tones.
Bed and Bath
The 65 spacious rooms and suites are arranged around the central courtyard and those on higher floors have spectacular views over the old city or the Sea of Marmara from wood-framed windows. They’re all tastefully decorated in warm but neutral tones, with bright kilims and original pieces of art for pops of local color. The marble bathrooms have powerful, walk-in showers, deep tubs and L’Occitane amenities.
Start the day with a lavish buffet breakfast at Seasons, either in the glass-walled conservatory or alfresco on the terrace. The Lounge is ideal for a light lunch of salads, sandwiches or pasta, while in the evening Seasons serves up Turkish and Mediterranean fare, including the signature boneless lamb shank cooked for eight hours and the caramelized pistachio crème brûlée for dessert. The garden is the place to be on a hot summer night or, for something extra-special, opt for a private dinner on the rooftop with spectacular views across the old city. After a hard day’s sightseeing, head to the basement spa for the Hagia Sophia massage which uses all-natural products.
In the Area
The city’s most famous landmarks —Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque — are on the doorstep, and the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar, the world’s oldest and largest covered market, is a short walk away. Go to Jennifer’s Hamam for high-quality, eco-friendly towels, linens and robes. Watch a Whirling Dervish show at the The Hodjapasha Culture Center, set in an atmospheric 550-year-old former hamam. Or cross the Galata Bridge to ‘new’ Istanbul to stroll along iconic Istiklal Caddesi, taking in the panoramic views from the 14th-century Galata Tower before enjoying meze with a modern twist at ” target=”_blank”>Meze by Lemon Tree.
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Hi there, myself and my partner are regular visitors to Afternoon tea and Sunday afternoon open buffet at the Four Seasons. The service is always pretty decent and infact we complimented one of the female managers in the past on how she handled customers who were served tea in a dirty glass with lipstick stains.
When we visited today we had traditional afternoon tea for two. Thats 95Tl x 2, 190 TL in total.
We also had two cocktails.
When the bill arrived there was an additional 51TL on the menu for additional teas which we had during the afternoon tea.
I questioned this as everytime we have had afternoon tea anywhere in the world including the four seasons tea refills were included. The staff member looked puzzled and said you pay for the tea you drink and that the first one is free ( i presume she meant included as there is no free tea at 95TL per person for afternoon tea).
The idea of afternoon tea is to spend time in a nice enviornment and the waiters top up your tea as you enjoy the surroundings.
If it is the policy that you must pay for additional tea after your first cup thr waiters should ask if you would like to order more tea at an additional charge and not just say one more as we ordered afternoon tea and not just tea to begin with.
If the policy for afternoon tea going forward is that you pay for everytime the waiter tops up the Turkish tea glass then it might be an idea to offer customers a pot of tea and not a small glass at the start of service.
Tea refills should always be included during afternoon tea.
I can’t believe I spent such more money for service in four seasons hotel of Istanbul, but got so inconvenient location for everything. Yes, the hotel is just near the blue mosque, but that is the point that it’s impossible to get taxi back to hotel. From airport to hotel, taxi driver drop off us on the very busy street and only way we can do was walking 10mins to hotel with our luggage. I don’t know why concierges can’t say the truth like you can’t get any taxi to hotel directly so you should pay $200 or more and then we will send our car to pick up you from airport. Moreover, no matter i would like to back hotel from any area of Istanbul, i can’t go back directly, always need 7-15mins walk from somewhere, coz taxi can’t drive into that area or some reasons. For me, this is really worse location ever, and staff of four seasons just said “ wow unbelievable!!” It made me feel worse, it sounds like nobody else complained this problem ever. I thought concierge should tell us the truth and then we can pick the closer restaurants and save more time on walking and traffic, of course money, but they don’t say any thing honestly. Maybe I can’t expect that I can get good service in Turkey, but I always trust four seasons, I am so disappointed. I won’t recommend anyone to stay here, coz you can’t get such great service to match what you pay for the room.
We stayed here for five nights on our tenth wedding anniversary. The property is absolutely stunning. The window of our room looked directly at Hagia Sophia. The staff could not do enough to make our stay enjoyable. The location makes it the ideal position to soak up all the history of Istanbul. Loved it and will be back.
This is a lovely hotel . Stayed for sightseeing 3 days . The hotel is about 2 mins walk from all the main sites . It’s comfortable , smart and stylish . A very good restaurant ( up market versions of Turkish food and very good Turkish wines) . Very comfortable rooms and impressive public spaces . Most of all charming and reliable staff who go out of their way to be hospitable. All in all a tremendous stay booked through
The ever reliable Kirker Travel. It’s not cheep but you get what you pay for . This hotel enhanced the trip which was wonderful in itself . Nice roomy rooms with little touches like Turkish delight when you arrive , fresh fruit every day and lots of free mineral water . I recommend you give this amazing city and splendid hotel a try.
This hotel is simply luxury. It's located a 2 minute walk to Sultanahmet Square where you will find Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, and the Blue Mosque. All of the staff are wonderful and truly go out of their way for you. The property is spotless. Housekeeping and the nightly turn down service is excellent. The breakfast buffet is delicious with a large variety of food. There's a rooftop terrace which is open seasonally and the views are outstanding. A shout out to Simla who made our stay extra special (thanks for the bulgar!!!).