We just returned from a Mediterranean cruise from Istanbul to Barcelona, and chose the Four Seasons Sultanahmet because of its incredible location directly in the heart of the old city. We were given Suite 217, which was immense, immaculate, and extremely quiet, which is what we requested, due to the length of the flights from Miami/Paris/Istanbul! The suite itself was magnificently decorated, with an enormous bathroom with separate marble bathtub for me and walk-in shower for my husband. I must also say that the lighting in the bathroom was SUPERB (as it is with most Four Seasons), something sadly lacking in many luxury hotels! Our check-in was very quick, which at 5:00 p.m. was most appreciated. We used our $100 USD Platinum Amex Fine Hotel credit for a superb dinner in the lovely glass enclosed restaurant, overlooking the beautifully planted gardens. We also appreciated the electronic shutters, in order to sleep late in the morning and take advantage of the 4:00 p.m. checkout. Unfortunately, we only had one night at this beautiful property, as we were boarding Oceania Riviera (our favorite ship). However, that 4:00 p.m. checkout allowed us the time to walk to the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, as well as the Grand Bazaar, indeed, only a short walk away from the hotel. Breakfast was included and we opted for room service, which was delivered promptly and our order was correct, hot, and delicious. A special thank you to the restaurant staff for the wonderful evening meal. Not only was it fabulous; the service was superb (as the Turkish are known for their hospitality), and it was great fun to speak with our waiter, who had previously worked for the Ritz Carlton in Miami. The architecture of this hotel is (especially from the courtyard) simply breathtaking. To understand that it was formerly the prison built to detain dissident Turkish writers, and now is this unbelievably gorgeous hotel, made the experience all the more magical. We loved the mosaics on the floors; the fine silk Turkish carpets; the luxurious but comfortable furnishings. The cost was 1501.71 TRL (approximately $750.00 USD) for the one night, but it was well worth it, and the next time we catch our ship in Istanbul, we will come well ahead of its' departure so that we can stay at this gem once again!
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- 4 Seasons Hotel Istanbul At Sultanahmet
- Four Seasons Istanbul
- Istanbul Four Seasons
- Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul
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