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.
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
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.
When to visit
Make sure you book in advance to enjoy dinner on the terrace restaurant, with views looking across to the Hagia Sofia
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.
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.
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.
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.