First things first--the Four Seasons brand alone demands a superior level of hotel. The standard is simply different for these hotels (as they are for Peninsula, Kempinski, Oberoi, Mandarin, etc.) With that in mind, the Four Seasons Sultanahment met the higher expectations that comes along with the brand. A quick word about the hotel--as you will be reminded, the hotel is in an old prison. While this is unique, it also presents certain design challenges (the rooms don't have balconies, for one) and the courtyard in the interior is completely shut off from the surrounding neighborhood. This is neither a good or bad thing, but something to be aware of. There is a roof top terrace, that offers partial views of the Bosporous, Aya Sofia, and the Blue Mosque. Unfortunately, while it had just opened for the season, they closed it immediately for construction. This was probably the only disappointment with the hotel itself that we encountered.
The location is good for tourist activities, and is even close enough to walk to the Grand Bazaar, and the bridge if you like. There are restaurants nearby, though they cater nearly exclusively to tourists. There are a few gems--just ask the concierge.
There is another Four Seasons in Istanbul, located on the Bosporous, next to the Kempinski. We visited the hotel for a bottle of champagne, before taking a yacht on the river (highly recommended!). There are definite, obvious differences between the two hotels. What struck me, was the difference in ambiance. Obviously, being on the river is a beautiful sight. However, the location of the Sultanahmet, despite being in a tourist area, provides a much more immersive experience, that really transports you to "old" Istanbul. The hotel on the river is what I would describe as a typical luxury hotel--big, a lobby lined with high-end shopping, a beautiful terrace, modern amenities, etc. It's in a more modern area of the city as well, though it is more difficult to walk to interesting areas, etc. It really just depends on the atmosphere you like, and I prefer the more intimate, unique, though also luxurious atmosphere of the Sultanahmet.
What really sets the Four Seasons apart, however, is the staff. I have been told that there is a 3-1 staff-guest ratio, and I would believe. What's remarkable about that is the staff's ability to materialize when you need assistance, and to fade away when you do not need them. They are present without being overbearing. They went above and beyond for us, as my wife had lost her diamond earring when we checked out. They not only found the earring, but arranged to have it dropped to us at the airport when we connected through Istanbul a few days later. Truly amazing. A great hotel, made by the staff.
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Orbitz, DerbySoft Ltd Shanghai HQ Supplier Direct, Travelocity, Hotels.com, Booking.com, Expedia, Cheap Tickets, TripOnline SA, Hotwire, Cancelon, getaroom.com and HotelQuickly so you can book your Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- 4 Seasons Hotel Istanbul At Sultanahmet
- Four Seasons Istanbul
- Istanbul Four Seasons
- Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul