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“Don't miss it. The perfect place to relax during your stay in this vibrant and intense city.” 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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“Don't miss it. The perfect place to relax during your stay in this vibrant and intense city.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Excellent service even for me who is not a sheik and was just lucky to get an affordable rate. This is a real 5 star hotel experience, which in most other cities you would only get in a 7 star hotel today.

Room Tip: I only had a standard room with garden view but this already was perfectly fine.
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  • Stayed November 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013 via mobile

Located along the shores of the waterway, a few meters from the Dolmabahçe and Çirağan palaces with sweeping views of the Asian cityscape across the water, this hotel is iconic yet fresh and flawless. Don't expect a local bijou boutique feel to this place - despite its setting and nod to architectural consistency, this place is classic Four Seasons. 

The service deserves a special mention as the moment you enter, the doormen are impeccable as are the reception staff. Check-in is flawlessly done in the room and bags arrive immediately. The rooms are well laid out as usual with typical FS consistency, the sort of lack of originality one actually welcomes: if it ain't broke... Everything works. Our room had great views and an alcove by the window wihere we could lounge as we gazed out  

The restaurant is great and deserves visits day and night if the weather allows outdoor seating. There is a good choice of both local and international cuisine, all delicious. Room service is equally solid with the fastest delivery I have ever enjoyed (on multiple occasions). 

Finally, I must mention the spa which is one of the best I have come across anywhere. The couples hammam scrub I had was outstanding, ending with a massage that hit the spot after an unforgiving week of grueling MMA training followed by a 10 hour flight. The gym and other facilities are incredible as are the staff. I could not recommend this any more highly. 

Istanbul has always been a magical city for me, lively dynamic and timeless. This place helps perfect the experience of traveling there, making one forget the horrific traffic. It helps that there is a facility to take a water taxi right from the waterside bar!

Rooms in the southern wing on the southern side (the left side of the corridor walking down) had great views, but these diminish the further down one is in the hallway. 

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Four Seasons is everywhere Four Seasons :) it's starting from the gates and last till the gates, You can not feel yourself that you are stayin at the hotel. The Guest recognition in the highest level. The room condition, guest amenities were amazing. SPA facilities, especially indoor pool with sun lights making additoin to the property located in such specific place.

I liked this property and hope will stay again in my next visit.

  • Stayed October 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Four Seasons. You cannot go wrong with this... The Hotel was on the Bhosphrous with the most stunning view... The architecture of the hotel was one of the best that I have seen.
The staff was very kind and hospitable. The food was very good. Not very expensive as compared to the other Four Seasons Hotels that I have stayed around the world. Highly Recommended... This is a must experience...

Room Tip: Rooms Facing the Bhosphrous
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

Last year my friend Amber Sakai and I took a trip to Istanbul. The Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus recommended Ulku Simsek as our tour guide and she was amazing! She took us to the best shops in the bazaar, and knew all the stores that had the most beautiful unique things. She speaks perfect English, and knows about the history of the city, and had lovely stories about the mosques and the underground cistern. She took us to fantastic restaurants in gorgeous locations.
She is highly personable, funny, and cute. It's like having a local friend. Amber and I both highly recommend her!
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Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

A great addition to this hotel is a tour guide named Senem.
She taught me so much and also showed me little hidden secrets in instanbul. Also assisted me in purchases after I returned back to NY. Very honest and reliable!
Worth every dime!!!
On Facebook as "Tour Guide Senem"

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Let’s face it- if you’re reading about the Four Seasons in Istanbul, you’re probably trying to decide at which one to stay. At least that’s the position I was in before, so I’ll review both hotels in the same post.

Bottom Line: If you’re going for more than 3 nights—stay at both! That’s what we did and it was the right call. We spent 3 nights at the Sultanahmet and 2 nights at the Bosphorus.

Sultanahmet—Pros: Room bigger than Bosphorus, convenient to sight-seeing in historic district, breakfast buffet better than Bosphorus, service/staff in general better than Bosphorus. This hotel was more intimate, more boutique-y, had more Europeans & Americans, more convenient to sight-seeing, within walking distance of many restaurants. Cons: Everywhere you go, someone will be aggressively, although friendly, trying to sell you a carpet or get you to visit their shop or restaurant. It detracts from the pleasure of for instance, an evening stroll. Also, a lot of tourists in this area. I still preferred it to the Bosphorus over all.

Bosphorus—The big pro is the Straits. The hotel sits right on the water and has a large waterfront stake for drinking, dining, relaxing and watching the ships go by. If the weather is lovely, you can’t beat it. My husband and I spent an entire day outside reading and snacking and relaxing and enjoying ourselves. And if the weather is nice—you’ll want to visit the pool area. I think it’s really worth spending one night here to have a day to relax by the water if the weather is nice and that’s your thing—i.e. late spring, summer, early fall. Otherwise, I’m not sure why you would stay here—it’s a much bigger hotel—on first sight it has a WOW factor, but I think the rooms, service and food are sub-par to the Sultanhamet. And there’s not much to do in the neighborhood in terms of strolling and sight-seeing. (And beware- the concierge- recommended a cruise on the Bosphorus on a boat that was old, in disrepair, overcrowded… it was the opposite of fun, interesting, relaxing and not up to par for a Four Seasons guest—so that was a negative experience as well. ) Other observations: many more Arabs at this hotel than Sultanhamet and bodyguard types; we never took taxis while at the Sultanahmet and only took taxis by the Bosphorus; there are often special events at this hotel (i.e. weddings), which can make the hotel feel crowded and/or back-up the taxi/valet line and/or contribute to worse service. Having said that the view is spectacular (although very few rooms have the view—so you have to go outside to get it) and if the weather is nice even if you only stay at the Sultanahmet, you might want to take a taxi over and enjoy one day here.

Another note—this is more for the hotels & as a warning to guests—I’ve never experienced this at a Four Seasons before (I’ve stayed at over 20 FS hotels on 5 different continents) where you check-in and they try to upsell you (or guests in general, I saw this repeatedly as a tactic used while sitting in the lobby and observing the front desk). Generally, if there are rooms available for upgrade that is gratis, but at both of these hotels, they tried to get you into a better and more expensive room. For instance, being led to our first room floor at the Sultanhamet and then asked, “Is this good for you? For a higher rate we have a suite on the third floor.” Or observing a European couple checking in for one night paying 800 euros for a room (already a high price!) and asking if they wanted to upgrade to a Bosphorus view room for only 1000 euros more (or 1800 euros a night total). The couple was clearly embarrassed that they didn’t want to pay 1000 euros more and then were forced to explain themselves for wanting to stay in the room they booked. It’s a poor tactic and reflects poor taste and a total lack of respect for guests who presumably would have booked a more expensive room when they made their arrangements if it was important to them. No one wants to check into a very expensive hotel and made to feel like they are a cheapskate. Beware guests and Four Seasons- shame on you for doing this in the first place.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 Seasons Istanbul At The Bosphorus
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Istanbul Four Seasons
Address: Ciragan Cad. No. 28 | Besiktas, Istanbul 34349, Turkey
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Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#7 Business Hotel in Istanbul
#8 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#14 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus 5*
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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