Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet
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We came back for another four nights to Istanbul. Did you notice that we didn't see any of the main sights in Istanbul when we first arrived in Turkey? That's because the traffic is so horrendous that we didn't want to spend tons of the day stuck in it...... So:
Our plane arrived late in the afternoon on Friday. We had …
WOW!! Those were two really full days......and the most interesting part: we had put off two sights for the last day so that we didn't have to rush earlier.....but those days felt awfully full anyway!
So, I think this has to be my favourite part of the trip, maybe.
We've just all gotten along so well, and we've done so much, covered over 6000 miles and been through some seriously great times, and some tortuously bad times.
It's my second time in Istanbul, and I love it just as much, if not more. We've feasted like goddesses, …
Alex: I am having a great time in Turkey. As you know, I am in Istanbul. We had a tour guide today. He showed us to a 5-star hotel named the Four Seasons. If you want to know what a 5-star is, some people rate the hotels with stars 1-5. It was really beautiful, but it used to be a prison. I couldn't believe it but I knew the tour guide was right. …
Hello! (I'm not even going to try and write 'Hello' in Turkish!) We are in Istanbul, where West meets East. A good friend of Jeff's said that if you want to experience the Islamic world you should start in Istanbul and take baby steps into it. Our introduction came in the form of the beautiful and haunting evening Islamic call to prayer emanating …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsFour Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet
Nobody's service can ever beat The Four Seasons. The concierge helped us pick where to eat several times and recommended an excellent hammam nearby. Everyone there was really nice and the property is beautiful!!!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet
Four Seasons has really done it right (as usual). My father and I stayed at the hotel for one night on a tour through the Balkans. The rooms were amazing, and the location is perfect. The next morning when we awoke we heard the call to prayer, looked outside the window and saw the Hagia Sophia. Tarkan is an incredible help and will not hesitate to assist in any way possible.
My wife and I had our honeymoon just this past month. We spent 5 days in Rome and then did an 11 night Mediterranean cruise, which included an overnight in Istanbul. We decided to stay in the city rather then shlep to and from the ship both days, since there is much to see in this city, and we had very little time to waste.
Just a little note for this great hotel " Everything is extremely perfect"
Do you have a problems?? Not probleme.Not speak english(or very bad).
1.- The staff speak very singular english.imposible speak my problems.
2.- Room service is terrible.the same problem.No speak english
3.- You have a problem?? Not solutions
4.- Little rooms(luxury rooms)595 U$ for nigt.
5.- The fisrt day listen: Check out 2.30.p.m.2 days more say NOT.You check out 12.00 a.m.After discussion in very bad english change may check out for 2.3 a.m.
6.- The restaurant in very dark and the cuisine in normaly:The price of wines very expensive.the service is normaly.
The next time go to Ciragan Palace or other.Is my fisrt time with Four Seasons and the last!!!!
Chic and central, this very obviously converted prison is unlikely to serve as the setting for Midnight Express - The Sequel! Rather, Four Seasons has renovated an institution that probably won few human rights awards and transformed it into a colourful, luxurious hotel. I did not stay here but sneaked off for a Vodka and Tonic, during a tour whilst my fellow tourists were being beleagured by the salespeople in the rather drab, but expensive, leather shop around the corner. This hotel is best for location, which despite the roads being very much up for repair, was easily the most central out of its other 2 key rivals, Ritz Carlton and Ciragan Palace. Loved the Courtyard and general ambience. The hotel lacks the grandeur of Ciragan and Ritz however. It faces directly onto the street and is not nearly as spacious as the other 2 hotels. Four Seasons is however, modern, fun and ironic in this changing world of ours. It would appeal to the well heeled younger traveller.
We spent eight nights at the Four Seasons, March 20-27, 2005. We agree completely with the review posted by the couple from Vermont (Feb '05) -- it's an extraordinary hotel in an exceptional location for viewing the major sights of Istanbul. Without repeating their comments, we'd add the following---
My wife and I just returned from eight nights at the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul and would rate it among the very best experiences we have had in thirty years of travels. The hotel is exquisite and small (about 65 rooms), even by boutique hotel standards. The staff was extremely helpful and considerate without being invasive. For example, the person in charge of night turn-down service came by at about 7pm to see when it would be convenient to replace towels, empty waste baskets, close drapes, etc. and then return when we were out.
We just got back from staying at the Istanbul 4 Seasons for 7 nights and it was amazing. It's a beautiful building and quite small for a big name hotel. It's on a quiet side street in the old city, inbetween the Blue Mosque and the Aya Sophia. The Topkapi Palace is just around the corner, as is the Basilica Cistern. The Grand Bazaar and the Spice Market were only about a 15 minute walk.
Best Possible Experience
The best experience possible. Istanbul is so much more than we expected.
The hotel (which is built in the real prison from the infamous "Midnight Express" movie storyline) is stunning -- in the best location -- with perfect service.
Check out the hotel website and look at the pictures. It really does look like that.
Excellent service... exceeds Four Seasons standards
Excellent hotel. All that you would expect from a Four Seasons.
Few things to note:
1) in an extremely quiet neigborhood.... not much happening after sunset
2) right next to the mosque.... convenient but also subject to loudspeaker prayer calls throughout the day
3) no river view... if you're into that sort of thing