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Four Seasons Sultanahmet

Istanbul, Turkey

Tucked into the maze of Istanbul's old town lies the Four Seasons Sultanahmet, a lovely hotel with only 64 rooms. The Four Seasons historic architecture creates a variety of unique rooms, all nestled around a beautifully landscaped courtyard.

At a Glance

  • The Four Seasons Sultanahmet must be one of few 5 star hotels housed in a former prison

  • The roof terrace offer supreme views of Hagia Sophia

  • Location wise this hotel cannot be beaten as it is in striking distance to all the key sites - the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Cistern to name but a few

  • Despite its location right at the heart of the old city, the hotel is a wonderful place to unwind as it has a spacious landscaped courtyard at its heart

  • This hotel books up quickly as it has only 64 rooms and an enviable location

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Insider's View

Tucked away next to the Topkapi palace the Four Seasons Sultanahmet is in a great location for those looking to be in the thick of it and see all the sights of Istanbul.

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Insider's View

You couldn't be any closer to Istanbul's key sights in this renovated old prison building. An enviable location at the heart of the old city.

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Description

Formerly a neo-classical Turkish prison, the building has been renovated into a luxurious 64-room boutique hotel. The building is formed around a central open courtyard, with a lovely garden and an al fresco restaurant in the center. The rooms and suites are very spacious and unique in design, decorated in a traditionally Ottoman style. Many rooms have outstanding views, with the highlight being the hotel’s large roof terrace looking directly over the beautiful Hagia Sophia and old town in one direction and out towards the Bosphorus in the other – probably the best views in all of Istanbul!

The hotel has a spectacular position, right in the center of the old town with just a very short walk to the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia and Topkapi Palace. Another stroll away is the amazing underground cistern and grand bazaar with its huge number of stalls and produce. This hotel is perfect for those wishing to be right in the center of this exciting, mysterious city, with all the main sites and fabulous restaurants on their doorstep.

Accommodation

Offering 65 guest rooms and suites, the Four Seasons provides an intimate atmosphere in the heart of this exotic city. The hotel's historic architecture creates a variety of unique rooms and suites, all nestled around a beautifully landscaped courtyard. All rooms feature a refrigerated private bar, large plasma TV, and are equipped for wired and wireless internet. Lavish marble bathrooms include a deep soaking bathtub and separate shower, small LCD TV and separate WC.

Executive Suite

Four Seasons Executive Suites offer the added privacy of doors that seclude the bedroom from the living room. Large French windows open onto the landscaped courtyard. Located on the 1st to the 3rd floor these rooms have one king size bed and the option of an extra crib or one rollaway. They have one large marble bathroom and boast a view of the landscaped inner courtyard.

Premier Room

The spacious Premier Rooms offer a comfortable bedroom and sitting area with high ceilings. Large, wood-framed windows offer sweeping views of the beautifully landscaped courtyard, the exterior garden or the street. Each room set over 55 to 60 square meters has either one king, two queen beds or two twin beds. They are located on the 1st to the 3rd floor and are equipped with a large marble bathroom.

Deluxe Room

Set over 42 to 50 square meters, Deluxe Rooms provide views of the landscaped Hotel courtyard, the exterior garden, the street, or partial views of St. Sophia or the Blue Mosque. They have a marble bathroom and come with either a King or two twin beds.

Marmara Suite

The Marmara Suite covers 130 square meters and features three private terraces, accessible from the bedroom and the living room. The suite offers stunning views of legendary Istanbul. Decorated in a Turkish theme complete with original works by Turkish artisans. The room boasts a lavish marble bathroom with whirlpool tub, shower with steam, built-in LCD television and WC with telephone.

St.Sophia Suite

The St. Sophia Suite features three private terraces, accessible from the bedroom and the living room. The suite offers stunning views of legendary Istanbul set over 115 square meters. It has a built-in kitchenette and dining area for six, welcoming bedroom with television, DVD player and king-size bed and a lavish marble bathroom with whirlpool tub.

Deluxe Suite

Each of the three Deluxe Suites is quite unique and offers the perfect quarters for a senior executive wishing to entertain privately or a leisure traveler seeking a distinctive experience of Istanbul. Two of the Deluxe Suites are two-level suites, with the bedroom and/or bathroom on the second floor. The third Deluxe Suite has five steps separating the bedroom from the living room and a large walk-out balcony that seats four.

Views include the Hotel's courtyard or the city streets. The room also has a lavish marble bathroom with a deep soaking tub, a separate shower, WC and a private refrigerated bar.

One Bedroom Suite

Set over 75 square meters with a long, hardwood corridor and French windows that open to overlook the lush private courtyard, the One-Bedroom Suites offers the charm of a city apartment. The room has a separate living area and a large marble bathroom with deep soaking tub, separate shower, LCD television and WC with telephone.

Childcare

Children are welcome to come and stay at Four Seasons Sultanahmet. However, there are no particular facilities available except babysitting and a children's menu.

Facilities

In the courtyard, a spectacular glass pavilion is home to Seasons, where fine cuisine can be enjoyed indoors or on the terrace. Enjoy more casual fare, cocktails or coffee served in the three unique settings of The Lounge. Exclusively for Four Seasons guests, a variety of revitalising massage treatments and Istanbul's highest level of personalized attention are available in the Health Club. Separate men's and women's saunas in the luxurious locker rooms enhance the sense of relaxation.

Activities

There are tennis and golf 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.

Location & Directions

Istanbul, Turkey

Central location in Istanbul's old town and less than a 10-minute walk from Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia, and the Spice Market.

When to go

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.

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