Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus
based on 7 nights
per person for 4 nights in a superior room on a bed and breakfast basis including return private transfers.
At a Glance
This Four Seasons is unique in being partly comprised a 19th century palace and a modern wing
The hotel is an enviable location right on the waters edge of the famous Bosphorus
A dip in the hotel pool has you swimming adjacent to the swirling waters of the city's iconic river
Aqua restaurant serves up superb Turkish and Mediterranean fare
The spa measures up to the Four Seasons standard with 10 treatment rooms
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
The best times to visit Istanbul are in spring (April to May) and autumn (September to October), when skies are clear and temperatures are moderate. During July and August it is hot and steamy; a lot of Istanbullus head for the west and south coasts over these months and some businesses close. Biting winter winds and snow are common in winter.
Be aware that during the five-day Kurban Bayrami banks shut and ATMs can run out of money. During Ramadan business hours can be erratic. Hotel rooms skyrocket in price and are often overbooked during the Formula 1 Grand Prix in June.
Positioned right on the European side of the Bosphorus, this lovely Four Seasons hotel has wonderful views across to Asia and the old town of Istanbul, and is away from the immediate hustle and bustle of the city.
Once a 19th century palace, the building has been transformed and opened in 2008 as a beautiful hotel with 141 rooms and 25 Suites. The fantastic terrace at the front of the hotel is right on the waters edge. Guests can relax here making the most of Istanbul’s mild climate, enjoying lunch or drinks and watching the boats pass by, or take a dip in the riverside infinity pool which is heated all year round.
The hotel itself is situated about 15 minutes from the center of town (depending on Istanbul’s infamous traffic!) We can arrange a private car with guide and driver to help you explore the history, stunning sights and architecture of Istanbul. Alternatively, it is easy to hop in a taxi to the station, and then take the tram into the heart of the Sultanahmet - there are fantastic views of the city whilst passing over the river.
After a long day exploring Istanbul’s labyrinth of streets, the grand bazaar and beautiful architecture, return to the hotel and indulge yourself in the hotels’ luxurious, modern spa, with comprises of 10 treatment rooms, saunas, steam rooms, hammam and a wonderful sky-lit indoor pool.
The hotel has 170 rooms including 25 suites all bright and airy, blending Ottoman design details and contemporary furnishings with a variety of waterfront, garden and city views. A lavish marble bathroom offers a deep soaking tub, separate glass enclosed shower, and a WC with telephone in a separate alcove. All rooms include a large plasma TV and stereo system with CD and DVD players and are equipped for wired and wireless high speed internet.
Children are welcome to come and stay at the four seasons. However, there are no particular facilities available for them except babysitting.
Choose Aqua for Mediterranean fine-dining, highlighting Italian and Turkish cuisines, relax in the intimate and sophisticated Lobby bar and lounge, or dine in the breezy quayside atmosphere of the pool bar and grill. There is a fully equipped gym, outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, indoor pool and a luxurious Spa with 10 treatment rooms.
There are golf and tennis facilities in the proximity of the hotel and the concierge is always on hand to help you to plan activities and excursions in and around the local area.
Fiona Bickmore (Staff)
About a 20 minute walk from the center but the pool and the space you get when staying down in the Bosphorus is unbeatable. The building used to be a private palace so the rooms are enormous with lovely high ceilings. This hotel suits families really well, after a long hot day of sightseeing you can dive into the pool or indulge yourself in their fabulous spa.
The terrace is a great spot to sit and have a drink and a meal and watch boats cruise along the Bosphorus - if you get a chance to do a boat ride it is highly recommended - especially at night when the city looks amazing all lit up.
3 hour cookery course at the Istanbul Culinary Institute
Dedicated to promoting Turkish cuisine nationally and globally, the Istanbul Culinary Institute offers 3 hour courses giving you the chance to learn how to cook classic Turkish fare.
A full day tour to the Princes Island
Ferry ride (2 hours) to the Big Island and a long island tour (1 hour 20 minutes) by horse drawn carriage, swimming time in the public beach and return to Istanbul by ferry.
Private boat trip along the Bosphorus
Taking a private boat tour is one of the best ways to experience the Bosphorus, the impressive body that splits Istanbul in two. Here you will have brilliant views of Istanbul's great landmarks, such as the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace.
Tour the Basilica Cistern
Below the hot and bustling city of Istanbul lies the Basilica Cistern, built in the 6th century. The Basilica Cistern is a stunning architectural feat, and is not to be missed during your stay in Istanbul.
Visit to a Hamam Turkish bath
Take a break from the bustling city of Istanbul, and visit one of its old bath houses for a traditional hammam experience.
Location & directions
The hotel sits on the European bank of the Bosphorus in the center of Istanbul. Close to the Dolmabahce Palace area with views of the city and across the Strait to the Asian shores.
How to get there
3-hour 45-minute direct flight from London to Istanbul with British Airways. Istanbul's Atatürk International Airport is approximately 45-minutes by car from Four Seasons Bosphorus.