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.
How to Get There
Excellent hotel in an excellent location on a lovely city. Just a few steps from the cultural center. Highly recommended for vacation and leisure. The staff made us feel like at home, We will come back
This hotel has got to be one of the best in the world. Walking through the front door everytime is like walking into someplace special. The decor is not modern but reflects the rich history of the hotel. Art is tastefully throughout the hotel. The courtyard is a showpiece, full of colour and manicured.
The service is out of this world. even the housekeeper said hello to me by name. Tolga at the Courtyard restaurant every morning went out of his way to look after me, as did the other staff. It makes one feel appreciated and shows the pride the staff have working there.
The rooms were tasteful and very comfortable, the bed felt like sleeping on a cloud.
Without going on too much I would recommend this hotel to anyone wishing to be close to the sights of Sultanahmet as this is as close as one can get to being a Sultan.
The hotel is beautiful and it’s being transformed from the historical building of a prison. You can view the charming Sophia Church from the hotel which I like the most. The property is also situated in excellent location at heart of Sultanahmet which is less than 10 minutes walk to all main attraction places like Blue Mosque, Sophia Church, Topkapi Palace, Big Bazaar and Spice Market. It has all elements to be the best hotel in Istanbul. However, there’s room for improvement for the personalised service here as compared to other FS properties.