Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet
based on 7 nights inc. flights
per person for 4 nights based on 2 people sharing a superior room on a bed and breakfast basis including return private transfers.
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
Best time to Visit
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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.
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.
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 centre. 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 centre 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 centre of this exciting, mysterious city, with all the main sites and fabulous restaurants on their doorstep.
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.
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.
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 metres 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.
Set over 42 to 50 square metres, 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.
The Marmara Suite covers 130 square metres 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.
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 metres. 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.
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 traveller 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 metres 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.
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.
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 personalised attention are available in the Health Club. Separate men's and women's saunas in the luxurious locker rooms enhance the sense of relaxation.
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.
James Ferguson (Staff)
Although it's right in the centre of the Old City and housed in what used to be the city's prison (you can even see some ancient graffiti carved into a pillar by an inmate) the hotel is surprisingly spacious and airy. The rooms are a good size and the hotel has a lot of outdoor space: the garden in the centre of which is the main restaurant and the terrace with its stunning views of the city. All in all, this is the best place to be if you are after a top class hotel in a location close to the sights of the Old City.
Fiona Bickmore (Staff)
The wonderful location of this hotel makes it extra special. It is the perfect choice for those on a short stay and wanting to be in the centre of Istanbul and have easy access to all the city sights. In the summer they serve breakfast on the roof terrace so you can enjoy looking out over the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace whilst sipping your coffee!
A full day tour to the Princes' Islands
Enjoy a ferry ride to the islands bordering Istanbul where you'll have a chance to swim and explore.
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.
Half day walking tour of the Old City
Enjoy a half-day private, guided tour of the monuments of the Old City. Your guide will be able to tailor-make the tour for you depending on your interests as well as adjusting your itinerary to avoided crowded times.
Helicopter Tour of Istanbul
Take in the city from above on a helicopter tour over Istanbul. Admire the bird's eye view of the Golden Horn, the Historical Peninsula and the Bosphorus.
Istanbul culinary tour and Spice Market
Explore the Kadiköy Market and Street Food stalls of Asian Istanbul followed by the renowned Spice Market, stimulating your senses with tantalising sights, sounds and smells.
Private yacht on the Bosphorus
Explore the beauty of Istanbul embarking on a private yacht cruise along the Bosphorus and Golden Horn. Enjoy brilliant views of Istanbul's great landmarks, such as the Topkapi Palace and Rumeli Fortnress.
Spice Bazaar & Suleymaniye Mosque
From the frescoes of the Church of St. Savior and the Suleymaniye Mosque to the bustling Spice Bazaar, this tour of Istanbul combines iconic landmarks with a taste of local life to offer a unique experience of this vibrant city.
Topkapi Palace, Bosphorus Cruise & Grand Bazaar
Admire Topkapi Palace, cruise Bosphorus which separates Asia and Europe, practice your bargaining skills at Grand Bazaar and enjoy a cultural evening with a choice of either Whirling Dervish or belly-dancing shows.
Traditional Turkish Bath Experience
Take a break from the bustling city of Istanbul, and visit one of its old bath houses for a traditional hammam experience.
Location & directions
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.
How to get there
3-hour 45-minute direct flight from London to Istanbul with British Airways. Istanbul's Atatürk International Airport is approximately 20-minutes by car from Four Seasons Sultanahmet.
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