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.
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- Also Known As:
- 4 Seasons Hotel Istanbul At Sultanahmet
- Four Seasons Istanbul
- Istanbul Four Seasons
- Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul