If you are in Istanbul to see the Old City sights (Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, etc.) this is the only place to stay, if you can afford it. The location is perfect. Beyond that, the hotel is quite cozy, provides excellent service, is gorgeous and historical in its own right, and has The Most Amazing rooftop bar I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying.
First, the location. Just one block from the Hagia Sophia, two blocks to the Blue Mosque, a half block from a FABULOUS turkish bath, about four blocks from the Grand Bazaar... the list goes on. Incredible restaurants and shops mere feet away. You can not get closer.
The hotel is beautiful and refined, and the staff are friendly and efficient. Nightly treats of fresh fruit and local wonders (baklava, Turkish delight) were in our room. Since our room opened to the inner courtyard, the only city noise we heard was the call to prayer, which I still miss not hearing. The staff came in aid instantly when we ran into a travel problem and bent over backward to help. I love this place.
And then there's the rooftop Terrace Bar. From comfy cushioned lounging benches, the Hagia Sophia appears close enough to touch the dome. Order a martini or fine Turkish wine. We went every night we were there and it became a real highlight. When I think of the perfect bar experience, this is now tops in my mind.
Bottom line: This is now one of my favorite hotels in one of my favorite cities in the world.
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- Also Known As:
- 4 Seasons Hotel Istanbul At Sultanahmet
- Four Seasons Istanbul
- Istanbul Four Seasons
- Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul