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“A pampered holiday” 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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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“A pampered holiday”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Ideally located on the Bosphorus, the 19th century Ottoman Palace now turned luxury hotel is the quintessential address whilst exploring Istanbul. Whether travelling on business or pleasure, we strongly recommend a few nights that is if you do manage to get a reservation. Concierge services will assist plan your trip to some of Istanbul’s tourist attractions or simply follow your adventurous spirit. The historic water’s-edge location with its manicured lawns coupled with the Four Seasons warm hospitality and tremendous attention to detail make for a nonpareil outdoor experience be it a meal at Pool Grill with its breezy quayside ambience or an extravagant wedding under a starry sky. Don’t forget to schedule a visit to the in-house award-winning Spa and Hammam for an authentic Turkish bath, combining traditional cleansing with indulgent contemporary western treatments truly making you feel like Byzantine royalty

Room Tip: must try the spa & hammam
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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Zurich, Switzerland
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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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Los Angeles, California
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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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Additional Information about Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus

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 ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Istanbul
#5 Business Hotel in Istanbul
#6 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#11 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#11 Romantic 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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Also Known As:
4 Seasons Istanbul At The Bosphorus
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