Four Seasons Hotel, Istanbul Sultanahmet

Highlights

  • Experience the courtyard garden sheltered from the urban bustle outside.
  • Try to find one inmate’s 1938 engraving of his name and profession located near the courtyard.
  • Guests can visit the 6th century St. Sophia, the 15th century Topkapı Palace and the 17th century Blue Mosque within a 5 minute walk.

Hotel Description

Location

Sitauted in the heart of Istanbul’s historic centre, within a few minutes’ walk from Haghia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and other key sites.

Rooms

This intimate hotel with just 65 guest rooms surprised me  when I found out that it was part of the Four Seasons chain. With a neo-classic desigh back-drop, styled with Turkish furnishings and embellished with mosaic artwork, the who atmosphere transmits a “back in time” feeling, with all the modern-day touches.

The building

Originally constructed as a prison from 1918 to 1919, its historic features have been best preserved in the southwest wing, which houses the lobby, bar and reception area.

Seasons Restaurant Within its charming and cozy courtyard, the Seasons Restaurant offers dishes emphasizing the original rich and local flavours of Turkish cuisine and the Mediterranean. Executive Chef Savaş Aydemir focuses on healthy and light meals using seasonal and local vegetables.

Spa

Spa services may be arranged in the Health Club, in guest rooms or at the Hotel’s sister property Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus.

Wifi

Standard complimentary WiFi is offered for one device only.  A charge of $30 per night is incurred in order to add multiple devices. or if requiring high-speed internet.

Breakfast

A range of breakfast options are offered which included a Continental or an American menu.  If you’re eager to sample the local culture, the Turkish menu offers a delightful selection of Cheese Börek, Turkish Sausage and Olives, with yoghurt and honeycomb.  Alternative menus are also offered for guests that have specific dietary requirements.

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