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“Stunning location and hotel” 5 of 5 stars
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Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Ciragan Cad. No. 28 | Besiktas, Istanbul 34349, Turkey   |  
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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109 hotel reviews
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136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
“Stunning location and hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

A stunning location on the shores of the Bosphorus and beautiful room and lobby areas. It is one of those once in a lifetime kind of places, utterly special and memorable. The gardens / pool area are beautiful and one of our most enduring memories will be sitting on a lounger by the pool after breakfast, looking out onto the Bosphrus. However, keep in mind that the price can be eye watering.. I am use to spending signifcant amounts on a hotel room but even I found the prices being charged here bordering on ridiculous.. Service was good overall (they knew our names before we even exited the car and it wasn't even a hotel booked car!).

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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11 hotel reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

This hotel is breathtaking, almost like a dream. The view of the Bosphorus is stunning, and the grounds of this hotel are immaculate and peaceful. Our rooms were exquisite, and exceptionally immaculate. The baseboards looked as if they were detailed with a q-tip as there was absolutely no sign of another guest ever being in the room. It was even nice enough for Justin Bieber and his posse, as they were our next door neighbors during his concert in Istanbul. The hotel treated us like royalty from day one to day eight, and the Four Seasons Bosphorus staff forever raised the bar and standard to which I will hold other luxury hotels.

The Spa is a "must see" and I highly recommend the Hamam Couples Treatment in the private Hamam Room. Leave your modesty at the door and get ready go back to the times of the Ottoman Empire and have your body subs and scrubbed while laid out on hot marble stone. This treatment will stay fresh in my memory bank for YEARS!

We also enjoyed the BMW private car service to and from the airport. A bit pricey but worth the luxury, piece of mind and convenience.

Incredibly memorable stay, we will definitely return.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hong Kong, China
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93 reviews 93 reviews
32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Comfortable room, even though if you are at the very end of the corridor, it's quite a walk to the lobby.

Great hotel, in particular pool and spa as well as swimming pool are really nice.

It's so comfortable you may just want to hang out in the hotel instead of visiting Istanbul!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sao Paulo, SP
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19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013 via mobile

I have stayed at this amazing hotel for 6 nights. Everything is perfect. However, they should keep its customers updated about important local issues. Turkey was facing serious security issues with some protests including police inforcement just in front of the hotel and the guests havent received any update or note about the situation. One night, during strong protests I was leaving the hotel and didnt receive any alert... unbelievable for a hotel like this!! Btw, the breakfast is TOO expensive...!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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FSBosphorus, Hotel Manager at Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
Dear João D,

First of all, thank you for staying at Four Seasons Bosphorus and sharing your experience with us. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay and found facilities perfect.

On another note, you were unhappy for not being informed about the events happening in the city. We thank you very much for your valuable feedback and please rest assured that our guests' safety is always our priority and all possible security measures were taken.

Once again, we thank you for your patronage and hope to see you very soon.

Best regards to Sao Paulo,

Nihat Yucel
Hotel Manager
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Miami, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

This hotel is located on the Bosphorous Sea with spectacular views from the terrace (and some rooms) of both continents and the maiden tower(an island with a small tower between the continents). The rooms are very comfortable, and the bathroom has gorgeous marble and a great tub. The service is impeccable as expected from a Four Seasons. You get free wifi in the rooms, fresh fruit daily and we were greeted with complimentary champagne and a room upgrade for our anniversary. Use the concierge as they are very helpful. We had a private tour guide for the sites which I highly recommend. The restaurants in the hotel are very good and the vistas at night of the Bosphorous Bridge all lit up are very romantic. All in all a fantastic hotel away from the crowded Sultanahmet area. Much more relaxing and gives the flexibility to explore other areas. Hint: Take a private water taxi down the Bosphorous to Bebek for a fresh seafood dinner in a quaint village.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Really lovely hotel with the usual amazing Four Seasons service. It's situated right on the water, so you will end up spending a lot of time at the outdoor restaurant and the pool area so you can watch all the action on the river. The beds and pillows are incredibly comfortable! The hotel is a bit far from the main tourist sights, so you will need a taxi to reach them (traffic on the hotel road is often bad). We were glad to have already seen the sights in Sultanahmet while staying at a different hotel near Galata Tower. However, the Four Seasons is walking distance to Dolmabahce Palace (you should get there early in the morning to avoid the many different lines you have to wait in) and Ortakoy, and a short taxi ride to Nisantasi and other neighborhoods further up the Bosphorus. We were also able to take a 1.5 hour Dentur cruise on the Bosphorus round trip from the Besiktas port (a 5 min walk from the hotel).

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

My most memorable birthday ever . The hotel is just beautiful. The hotel staff are amazing in organising and recommending restaurants and local attractions. They are so attentive and very kind pleasent and helpful. The service throughout the hotel was impecable. The rooms were huge and so was the bathroom. The traffic getting into town is terrible but this has nothing to do with you not staying here. The hotel organised a private boat along the Bosphorus which is a must. We took our champagne and snacks. I would reccomend this hotel to anyone who has something to celebrate. Murat and Derian were the most helpful . Thank you

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ciragan Cad. No. 28 | Besiktas, Istanbul 34349, Turkey
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Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Istanbul
#7 Business Hotel in Istanbul
#11 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#11 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#12 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus 5*
Number of rooms: 170
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus. On the European bank of the Bosphorus – which flows through Istanbul’s history and heart – Four Seasons gives a 19th-century palace a fresh, eclectic spirit. Alluring facilities include a chic urban spa. Fine restaurants and pools by the quayside overlook the Asian shore. And all are awash in the light, space and excitement of this water’s-edge location. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
4 Seasons Istanbul At The Bosphorus
Four Seasons Istanbul At The Bosphorus Hotel Istanbul
Four Seasons The Bosphorus
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