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
The Four Seasons, Sultanahmet is Very well located, surrounded by cafes and restaurants, as well as shops and the Arasta market The interiors are tastefully done .The rooms are spacious and service excellent. Even though our room was located on the ground floor, by the road no sound penetrated through. Would stay there again.
Just returned from a long weekend break in Instanbul. Purpose of my visit was to to celebrate my birthday with close family members.
The Four Season’s staff were outstanding. Their kindness and consideration was incredible.
A wonderful stay. The most thoughtful hotel team - simply lovely people. Hospitality as an art form. Truly delightful in every respect. A beautiful hotel internally and externally in the very best location.
Stayed for 4 nights in this fabulous hotel, I wouldn't say it was grandiose perse, but a good size and good amenities. Being in the midst of all main historical sights, service and location cant be beat. It is Four Seasons after all. Staff were most attentive without getting into your face, which is appreciated.
I must give a special shout-out to Security Haleed (Khalid? - not sure of the spelling). I was stupid enough to leave my backpack on a bench in the Hotel Garden. Realising it only after a good half hour coach ride to the other side of Istanbul, panicked striken, we got the coach driver to call the Hotel, and Haleed, went to retrieve my bag straight away. Took a cab back to the hotel, which was another half hour in the traffic, and there was Haleed, with my bag, all intact, with my passport, money and jewellery untouched! I would dread to think if I was in another hotel, if this would be the same outcome. I salute them for their integrity and honesty.
This more so, because I always feel I'm being fleeced by everyone on the street who are being extra friendly, only to find out that they want to sell you something or ask for tips for something they seemingly do to help you (we never asked for help) ...like, "let me show you the way to the Grand Bazaar..." but instead leads you to a carpet shop... while on the way, because he wants to show you his brother's shop..Then he asks for some money.. whaaaat? Oh, do be wary when buying multiple stuff, I was shortchanged and they were quick with their packing. Sigh.
Location: All within walkable distance, Tokapi, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Basilica Cistern, and I'm sure a few we missed.
The hotel location is perfect. You are within walking distance of all the historical sights and restaurants. The hotel itself was impeccably maintained. Service was amazing. Staff was super attentive to our every need. In fact we plan on coming back to visit with our kids in the summer. You can’t go wrong with the four seasons Sultanahmet.