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“Without a doubt the best hotel in Istanbul” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet

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Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet
Ranked #17 of 1,121 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Without a doubt the best hotel in Istanbul”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2012

When we were planning our anniversary weekend in Istanbul we dismissed the Four Seasons Sultanahmet as beyond our budget and ignored friends advise to stay here. So we settled for another highly rated, trendy 5-star hotel.

But on arrival we realised it was a big mistake. The hotel we booked did not live up to the description and reviews so we called Four Seasons. We were lucky enough they had availability due to cancellation.

This was the best decision we made. We left the other hotel as soon as we can and we checked in at the FS. As expected of the Four Seasons brand the service and the property were exceptional at every level. They even gave us a beautiful suite for the price of a deluxe room when we told them it's our anniversary! So in the end we have the best value for our money.

The hotel is in the best location to enjoy the must-see places in Istanbul. It's an oasis sorrounded by historical places. Enjoy looking at the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque in the hotel balcony and the quality of food in the hotel restaurant is fantastic.

We will definitely come back to Istanbul and will again stay in the Four Seasons. T

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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FelixMurillo, General Manager at Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet, responded to this review, May 30, 2012
Dear jlo2168,

Thank you very much for your kind review. For taking the time to write your experience. I am so happy to hear that we took good care of you.

Please jlo2168 if I ever may be of any assistance whether in Istanbul or within Four Seasons please let me know. My direct email address is felix.murillo@fourseasons.com.

Yours cordially,

Felix
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Charlotte, NC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2012

If looking to base yourself out of Sultanahmet this is the hotel. Attentive unobtrusive service as well as a great resturaunt serving regional Turkish dishes (the cuisine of Hatay was featured by way of a special menu and was excellent and different) besides the traditional, I highly recommend the anchovies. Rooms are silent, the inner courtyard was filled with tulips and the staff helpful. One underappreciated feature is that the right hand turn out of the hotel to the Topkapi Placae, Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia takes you through a quiet areathat is mercifully free of vendors and carpet salesmen.

Room Tip: Upper floors are better for those with disabilities as there are a couple of short stairs that break...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2012

Stayed here for 2 nights in April as part of a birthday celebration. From the limo pick-up at the airport to the speedy check-in, helpful tips from our chauffeur (he even called the hotel ahead to book a dervish show for us for the same evening!), every member of staff we encountered were a delight to deal with. The location is superb, steps from the blue mosque and Haga sophiya and a short walk to the grand bazaar and great restaurants all around. They even surprised us with a birthday cake as soon as we arrived :) The rooms were outstanding, we had a courtyard view, the buffet breakfast was classy and served in the courtyard. Go ahead and splurge, you will not regret staying at this perfect hotel!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kalaheo, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2012

We were pleasantly surprised with all aspects of our 3 night stay at the Four Seasons. Our original concern was that this was just another pricey, impersonal, big-city hotel. It may be pricey but it is worth every lira. As mentioned by most other reviewers, the location in the heart of historic Sultanahmet is perfect for the tourist. The building may once have been a prison but it is now somewhere I would gladly take a life sentence! After the hustle and bustle of the bazaars, mosques and museums, the Four Seasons is like an oasis in paradise, especially the central courtyard where we sat in the sun drinking beer and smelling the grape hyacinths. The staff was welcoming, most professional and able to meet all needs, from currency exchange to restaurant bookings to arranging our purchase of the carpet in our bath (best deal of the trip). We were not able to partake of dinner in the restaurant (which we now regret) but the breakfast boufet was excellent. The Friday night Turkish wine tasting with cheese actually took the place of dinner that night (make sure you book in advance). Due to the season, the rooftop terrace was not available but we could tell it would be the place to be later in the year. I just realized this review sounds just like most of the others so I better stop.

Shopping hints: The nearby Arasta Bazaar is worth a visit and is like a mini-Grand Bazaar without the tourist junk and hassle. Jennifer's Haman is the place for linens. Also close by is Iznik Classics for tiles and Mehmet Cetinkaya Gallery for art and a professional, no pressure exposure to carpets.

Room Tip: We had a Double-Deluxe. The seating area is somewhat limited (only one comfortable chair).
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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9 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2012

This hotel is a true gem. The welcome by the staff was one of genuine warmth and immediately there was an expression that they would do anything within their powers to make their guests' stay special. The converted prison has a central garden with a stream running down one side, manicured grass and a an enchanting smell of hyacynths. The restaurant is situated in this courtyard and looks out onto the garden. From the roof terrace there are magnifienct views of the Bosphorus, Blue Mosque, Aghia Sophia and of the Topkapi Palace. These sites are therefore only a few minutes walk away but as soon as you return to the hotel from the hustle and bustle of Istanbul there is an immediate atmosphere of peace and tranquility.
The only downside is that the hotel does not have a swimming pool. However after a short conversation with the concierge he had rung the sister Four Seasons Hotel on the Bosphorus and arrangements were made for us to enjoy the pool and spa facilities at that hotel. Indeed we were greeted at this hotel as if we were special guests and of course there was no extra charge. What a special and unforgettable weekend my wife and i had.

Room Tip: Facing the courtyard garden
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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springfield,ma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2012

My husband and I just returned from a week in Istanbul. First of all, it is a wonderful city, a definite must see. It is clean, the people are friendly, there is so much to see and do. I have never seen so many flowers!!!!

We had the great good fortune of staying at the Four Seasons Sultanahmet. The location can't be beat, but beyond that, the hotel is simply lovely. It is comfortable, well designed, and staffed with caring individuals who see to it that you have a wonderful visit to their little bit of paradise. Many early mornings after breakfast, we would spend time in the courtyard just enjoying its beauty. The fragrant flowers just added to its ambiance. After a long day, we had a galss of wine on the rooftop terrace with the views that are unsurpassed anywhere.

I absolutely love this hotel.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Seattle, Washington
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87 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2012

A beautiful hotel in a perfect location - close to everything but on a quiet back street. Every detail has been considered and the amazing staff was attentive at all times. I have never felt so taken care of. Beautiful rooms, lovely courtyard where we enjoyed our breakfast each morning - the only thing I could have wished for was hotter water in my shower. The food was okay, not bad, but not exceptional either. The spa on the other hand was an added bonus. They wash your feet with rose water in a beautiful candle lit room! Great massage. This is the way to travel.

Room Tip: Courtyard rooms have a lovely view. All rooms were beautiful and quiet.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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FelixMurillo, General Manager at Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet, responded to this review, April 25, 2012
Dear CherylNS,

My name is Felix Murillo, I am the General Manager of the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet.

Thank you very much for your review. The title is very special. I am sorry to hear that the water temperature was not hot enough, thank you very much for telling me so we can review the temperature of all the rooms.

CherylNS please let me know how I may be of assistance at any time.

Yours Cordially,

Felix
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Property: Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet
Address: Teyfikhane Sok No 1 Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
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Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Istanbul
#4 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#9 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#13 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet 5*
Number of rooms: 65
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