Four Seasons Istanbul

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Tevkifhane Sokak No. 1, Sultanahmet-Eminonu, Istanbul, 34110, Turkey

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Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet
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  • MM212's Profile Photo

    Ottoman grandeur, excellent location


    Housed in a former Ottoman prison, The Four Seasons in Sultanahmet is anything but. It is the ultimate luxurious treat. Though it lacks the Bosphorus views of the Bosphorus Four Seasons, it more than compensates with the views of the Hagia Sophia and the central location next to all of the top sites. For the first time visitor, with a bit of money to spend, there is no other place to stay.

  • jlanza29's Profile Photo

    The Best in Europe ??? Maybe !!!!!


    This is the 2nd time I come to Istanbul....the last time I came I came with my buddies, so we stayed in a different hotel, but time I came with my lovely girlfriend and we stayed at this magical hotel....The Four Seasons. We have enjoyed staying at the Four Seasons wherever we travel because they usually have the best location and the best service.....And the one here in Istanbul doesn't disappoint. The question is which Four Seasons is better the one in Paris or the one here in Istanbul and I must say it's a toss up !!!! The service here in Istanbul is 100% perfect !!! The location...literally a stone throw away from the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia in the old town is 100% Perfect.... The rooms are nice and nicely laid out...don't fear... the windows are sound proof so the call to prayer won't wake you at 5:00 a.m. The only down side this hotel... it's pricey...we stayed in a regular room and it ran us $400 US a night plus 18% tax !!!!! but, you want the best you'll pay for it !!!! This Four Seasons has won just about every major award in the travel industry, from best service to best location to best spa, to best you name it !!!!!

    We stayed for a weekend and it was magical.....just be aware of the prices even in the lobby for a drink....the beers run about $14 US !!!!!

    A Taxi from the airport was $32 US....the hotel service wanted $100 US......

    Unique Quality: Hotel secuirty is extremely high....but not intrusive !!!!! but you know they are there !!!!!!

  • ImageTraveller's Profile Photo

    Beautiful, Breath-taking and Memorable


    The accomodations were spectacular; the ambience was unique.
    We left to enjoy the breath-taking sights; guided by the Concierge of Istanbul ( When we returned to the Hotel, we were treated to hospitality that was second to none. I would recommend visiting in June or July; for at least 3 days.

    Unique Quality: This Hotel used to be a Turkish prison.

  • traveloturc's Profile Photo

    Probably the best


    If you want the city's best, a beautiful hotel with Ottoman character, luxury appointments and superbly trained staff, in the best possible location for sightseeing, this is it.
    The historic Ottoman building was formerly (and famously) a prison, but that's beside the point. It is now carefully restored and adapted to lodge a mere 130 guests in 65 guest rooms (including 11 suites) served by a staff of 200, meaning that there are more staff than guests.
    The guest rooms come in three sizes (Standard, Superior, Deluxe), with even the Standard being of good size. Rich dark wood, brass fittings, oil paintings by local artists, Turkish craft items and of course rich Turkish carpets furnish them all.
    Location, location, location: the Four Seasons is on Tevkifhane Sokak in Sultanahmet, literally a stone's throw from Ayasofya, the Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome, and only a scenic five-minute stroll from Topkapi Palace.

    Directions: Sultanahmet

  • Lion_Beat's Profile Photo

    Old jail house - now luxury hotel!


    Unique Quality: Once the jail-house, knowdays one of the luxury hotels.
    The hotel itself is marvelous with it's architecture, and the location of the hotel in the heart of the old city near all the most important touristic sights makes it fantastic.

    You will quite surprised to find out that there are more personal working at the hotel then maximum possible number of guests. :)

    Directions: Go down the street in the area between Aya Sofia and Sultanahmet Mosque

  • Istanbul's most stylish Hotels


    Four Seasons hotel which is located in the old city,close to Hagia Sophia,Topkapi Palace was originally a prison in recent centuries and converted into a deluxe hotel..Chosen as the 3. best hotel in Europe by authorities..

    Ciragan Kempinsky is in the bosphorus and used to be a Emperor Palace ,a summer resort ...Very elegant...You will feel like you are living in a modern palace..

    Unique Quality: Four Seasons was an escapade for Cameron Diaz,Madonna,Demi Moore and many more celebrities..

    Ciragan Kempinsky was the honeymoon hotel for Kennedy Jr. who passed away in a plane crush ...
    Kempinsky is very popular for European Jet Set weddings..

    Directions: Tevkifhane sokak no.1/sultanahmet eminonu
    Istanbul 34490
    -ist airport 18 km / 11 miles
    -located in the old city district, neighbouring the
    Blue mosque and hagia sofia church, and steps from
    Topkapi palace

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Extroidinary Customer Service at Four Seasons - Istanbul

by TripAdvisor Member elz1

We stayed at the Four Season, Istanbul after coming off a 7 days Greek/Isles/Turkey cruise. We arrived very early in the morning and they had to store our luggage unitl our room would be ready in the early afternoon. When our luggage came up to our room, the handle on one of the pieces was broken. My husband immediately called to the front desk and they came up to our room quickly to be of assistance. They offered to buy us a replacement piece as well as ship our broken piece home,(we had a life time warranty so we wanted it back). This was on a Saturday. That afternoon they had replacement piece in our room but it was smaller than the piece that was broken and would not fit all our stuff. They again offered to replace it but said it might be difficult to have it before Monday when we were checking out because stores would be closed on Sunday. Well, on Sunday afternoon they had found another suitcase, this one was bigger than the broken one. In addition, our broken suitcase arrived home before we did from Europe. Now I call that good customer service. They also drove us several places in their BMW car service when we went out and it was very hot outside.
Loved the location, the Sunday brunch was phenominal.
We had friends that stayed at Ciragan Palace, which is beautiful but not convenient for sightseeing the major sites of Istanbul. They wish they had chosen the 4 Seasons

One of the best!

by TripAdvisor Member Ngonghills

We just got back from staying at the Four Seasons Istanbul. Not only is this former prison a beautiful hotel, the staff couldn't be nicer or more helpful. The roof top decks have stunning views of the Haghia Sophia, Blue Mosque and the sea. We requested one of the few rooms with a balcony and got it. It was wonderful standing out there in the evening listening to the prayer calls and seeing the Blue Mosque in the distance. We look forward to going back to Istanbul and will definitely stay at the Four Seasons again. It's worth every penny.


by TripAdvisor Member Gregdu

We stayed here for 4 nights this July '06. From the welcome greeting, "we've been expecting you Mr. XXX (how did they know my name?)," to the twice a day fruit and ice bucket refills in your room, to the turndown service, to the lovely roof bar, to the exceptional concierge staff, I just was blown away. It needs to be said that we arrived on foot (stayed 1 night in another hotel before coming here), walked up to the door with a weeks worth of shopping bags and wheelie luggage, wearing t-shirts, shorts and sneakers. We did not arrive in typical FS glam fashion, and we're treated like we had.

Outside of the Peninsula Bangkok (my benchmark for 'best' hotel ever), this was just about the best place we've ever stayed, and worth every penny we paid.

The location is perfect for visiting all the touristic sites of Sultanhamet, and a welcome retreat for when you are tired of being asked, "where are you from? would you come into my shop?" There isn't a lot of good dining in this area, however, so our concierge recommended places for us each nite that were exactly suited to our sensibilities--they had a marvelous way of being able to figure out what you'd like, and had taxi's waiting for us at designated times (taxis are outrageously cheap before midnight, by the way; after midnight the fare doubles).

We've stayed at the Four Seasons in NYC, and while lovely, its quite a large property, and very hustly-bustly, so you feel just as one of the millions walking through the door. At the Four Seasons Istanbul, its different. There are just over 60 rooms, so there is rarely a crowd anywhere, and most times its just you and one or two other tables on the terrace. Staff recognize you and are extremely welcoming and friendly. I've stayed at some nice places, but I've never seen anything like this. The staff are also empowered to "make it right" if something is amiss. For example, I wanted a cigar one evening and they were all out, except for 1 'remnant'. They gave it to me free (it was cuban, so that's $35), and also arranged to have more in stock the following day, and gave me another one free on that day. No one had to ask permission to do this, and I wasn't expecting it, it was just done.

We had a "superior" room (just one eensy level above the cheapest room), and it was wonderful. Sure, I'd love to have the two-level suites with their own private terrace, but I'm not a millionaire. The room has all the things you'd expect for a luxury hotel, and was spotless. Service in the hotel was disney-like. You never saw anyone actually cleaning nor maid carts in the hallways. Everything just was magically "done." On the rare event that you came across a staff person adjusting something or holding some cleaning implement, they immediately stopped what they were doing, turned to greet you and pretended like they were doing something else.

We considered this hotel our "home" oasis from the hot, chaotic city, and each time we walked up to the door, we were greeted by a familiar face saying, "welcome back, I hope you've enjoyed your day."

If you can't bring yourself to stay here for whatever reason, do come to the rooftop terrace bar and have a drink or a light meal... the bar has a magnificent view of the water in one direction, the Aya Sofya in another, and the spires/minarets of the Blue Mosque in another. Add a cocktail, the sunset, delightful staff, and some quiet music, and this is the stuff of dreams. Many times people would appear on the terrace just to take a photo and then leave. Just sit yourself down and have a drink and relax for a half-hour...we spent 2 hours there every evening before dinner!

Stay here and enjoy yourself.

Convenient Luxury

by TripAdvisor Member winetripper

We stayed 4 nights at the Four Seasons in the 3rd week of March. The hotel lived up to most of our expectations, from excellent rooms and service to overpriced food and drinks. First, the hotel cut us a little deal on price, which was nice (a "partial" upgrade). The deluxe rooms on the 4th floor are excellent, and the only ones with much of a view of the Blue Mosque or Ayasofia.
The pros: excellent facility, quiet interiors, generous rooms, attentive staff, good concierge recommendations, free internet and especially convenient location. By far the best place to stay in Sultanhamet. Very close to Topkapi, Ayasofia and the Blue Mosque.
The cons: adjoining room conversations can be heard, no rooftop restaurant or bar, noisy ventilation fan outside, and egregiously overpriced breakfast and drinks. Also, we tried a simple lunch and were quite disappointed with the food (blah hamburger, very old lettuce). Just ask for a restaurant recommendation outside the hotel - they will send to one of many good spots.

Forum Posts

best location hotel

by annalise

Hi , Does anyone know the Royal hotel and the Ascok hotels Istanbul which is the better hotel and which is in the better location.

Re: best location hotel

by beatle74

I don't know those hotels but if you can write me down their addreses, I might tell you which one is better.

Re: Re: best location hotel

by beatle74

I am talking about the location of the hotels. Cause istanbul is a big city and you would prefer to stay close to what you want to see...

Re: Re: best location hotel

by annalise

Hi The royal hotel is Aksaray cad Laleli the Ascok hotel is Istatyou arka Sirkeci do you know these areas
thanks annalise

Re: Re: best location hotel

by beatle74

For me Sirkeci is a better location....closer to the hot places and better surrondings.
Just ask me if you have any further questions...

Re: Re: best location hotel

by annalise

thankyou so much for your is so much better to hear it from local person, tesekkur ederim.

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Address: Tevkifhane Sokak No. 1, Sultanahmet-Eminonu, Istanbul, 34110, Turkey