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
- 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.
How to Get There
We visited Four Seasons Istanbul as a group of girlfriends, and the hotel was really accomodating in every way. The staff was very friendly, the gym really good and breakfast was outstanding. It is a lovely place, well maintained and up-to-date. Probably the only nit ( and i dont know if this is a Istanbul thing) but the rooms were a bit smaller than i expected
Our family had a very nice stay at the Four Seasons Sultanahmet. Since we were only in Istanbul for a short time (2 days), we decided the location of Sultanahmet would be better for getting all the sights and activities in that we needed. The rooms and bathrooms are all very large and the service is top notch. While the location is in walking distance to most of the sights, we did miss having a pool and spa in the summer Istanbul heat. Its also important to note, that if you are a light sleeper the call to prayer can be heard very loudly at night and very early in the morning. If you are looking for more of a resort/relaxing stay in Turkey, then the Four Season on the Bosphorus maybe a better option. If you want a central location, located on the quaint streets near The Sultan Ahmet Mosque, then this is the spot for you. Be sure to check out the rooftop, for an amazing view as well!
We had never been to Turkey before and have friends who love it so we booked for a week at the end of November to celebrate our wedding anniversary. What we did not expect or know was how cold and rainy it is in November. Although the hotel was warm, outside was very cold and wet. Therefore I can’t really comment on how it is when the weather is lovely, as it is a very different experience. The staff are lovely, and went to a lot of trouble to give us a memorable wedding anniversary. Roses over the bed and around the bath, champagne, chocs, cakes etc!! Really delightful!
Amazing experience Great location for sightseeing. Can walk to most of the top attractions and come back to rest. Accepting and welcoming of LGBTQ. Flexible with early arrivals. Superb service. Roof bar during prime seasons.
This was my first time at a Four Seasons Hotel and I was not disappointed for the most part. We loved the room, as it had L' Occitane products, automatic window shades, and a very nice view of the garden. The staff were genuinely friendly and very helpful when I asked for recommendations/directions. My only complaint would be the Breakfast Buffet was very basic for the cost (about $40 USD per person). There is a large selection of items for the buffet, fruits, breads, a whole lot of condiments, but the service for the omelette station was very slow and our coffee was cold. Additionally, there was no way to heat our bread.