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“Ottoman style grandeur in this converted prison. Elegant rooms with large windows, soft hues and antique furniture overlook the historic part of the city. A small but indulgent spa. Dine on phenomenal cuisine in the pretty courtyard. A luxurious choice ideally placed to explore the city. ”

“Ottoman style grandeur in this converted prison. Elegant rooms with large windows, soft hues and antique furniture overlook the historic part of the city. A small but indulgent spa. Dine on phenomenal cuisine in the pretty courtyard. A luxurious choice ideally placed to explore the city. ”

Hotel Review

Even the most jaded critic runs out of superlatives to describe this small and intimate gem in the crown of the Four Seasons brand. It has a sister hotel down on the Bosphorus shore, but if we have to choose, this 65-room haven wins on the strength of its location in the ancient heart of the city. From the rooftop terrace, there are the requisite views of the domes and minarets of Sultanahmet. Each room is individually designed and decorated, service is unobtrusively superb, and the menu at the à la carte ‘Seasons’ restaurant may serve the best modern Turkish food in the world. ‘Seasons’ is in the inner courtyard, which – in the building’s original 19th century incarnation as a prison – must have been the exercise yard. If this is prison, lock me up and throw away the key.
Recommended for
  • Local exploring
  • Right in the heart of the most historic part of the city, with views over the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia, both just steps away.
  • City Style
  • An elegantly restored neo-classic Turkish prison, boasting a perfect blend of East and West, contemporary and tradition.
 

Written by Robin Gauldie

Recommended For

  • Local exploring
  • Right in the heart of the most historic part of the city, with views over the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia, both just steps away.
  • City Style
  • An elegantly restored neo-classic Turkish prison, boasting a perfect blend of East and West, contemporary and tradition.
  • Sailing
  • Discover Istanbul from the waters on a cruise on the Bosphorus, for added romance try a sunset cruise.
  • Sights nearby
  • Close to many of the most famous historic sites including the Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque.
  • Local markets
  • Search for treasures in the Grand Bazaar, the perfect spot to pick up some goodies to bring home.
  • Great walks
  • Stroll from Eminonu to Cankurtaran and marvel at some of Istanbul's most notable sites.
  • Other Activities
  • Experience an exclusive Sultanahmet massage at the hotel's glorious spa- utter bliss!
  • Pet friendly
  • Pets stay for free
  • Rooms with balcony/terrace
  • Wedding license
  • Family Suites
  • Wellbeing
  • Gourmet
  • Full of character
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Opulent
  • Conference facilities
  • Free wifi
  • Gym
  • Historic
  • Restaurant
  • Grand Hotel
  • Spa
  • Child friendly
  • Romantic
  • Luxury
  • Traditional
  • Disabled access
  • 5* Luxury

Facilities

  • Pet friendly
  • Pets stay for free
  • Parking
  • Free parking
  • Rooms with balcony/terrace
  • Wedding license
  • Bar
  • Family Suites
  • Safe
  • Airport transfer
  • In room DVD
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Outdoor dining
  • Massage
  • Meeting Room
  • Sauna/Steam
  • Internet
  • Conference facilities
  • Business Centre
  • Air conditioning
  • Gym
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Child friendly
  • Room service
  • Free wifi
  • Wifi
  • Satellite / Cable TV
  • Concierge
  • Suites
  • Disabled access

Activities

  • Sailing
  • Discover Istanbul from the waters on a cruise on the Bosphorus, for added romance try a sunset cruise.
  • Sights nearby
  • Close to many of the most famous historic sites including the Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque.
  • Local markets
  • Search for treasures in the Grand Bazaar, the perfect spot to pick up some goodies to bring home.
  • Great walks
  • Stroll from Eminonu to Cankurtaran and marvel at some of Istanbul's most notable sites.
  • Other Activities
  • Experience an exclusive Sultanahmet massage at the hotel's glorious spa- utter bliss!

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Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet

"Only the Sultan in Topkapi palace enjoyed a better location than this. From its rooftop terrace, prepare to be awed by its 360-degree panorama: on one side, the mouth of the Bosphorus and Sea of Marmara laden with merchant shipping; behind you, the Blue Mosque, a paragon of poise with its slender minarets."

Originally published by The Telegraph (view article)