Four Seasons Sultanahmet

Tevkifhane Sokak No. 1, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey, 34410

Price from: £206

Four Seasons Sultanahmet deluxe room. Photo: Jaime Ardiles-Arce

By Jennifer Hattam, your Istanbul expert

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#3 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Istanbul
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Location:
4.7
4.7
Bedrooms:
4.5
4.5
Eating/drinking:
4.5
4.5
Public areas:
4.8
4.8
Leisure facilities:
4.4
4.4
Service:
4.7
4.7
Value for money:
4.2
4.2
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Families with younger children, Foodies, Honeymooners, Celebrity spotting, Romance, Shopping, Special occasions, Trendiness

Expert review of Four Seasons Sultanahmet

Luxurious accommodation and amenities in a distinctive building with a notorious past.

Sultanahmet’s most luxurious hotel by far is almost its most unusual, situated as it is inside a century-old neoclassical building that held prisoners as late as the 1980s. With rooms set around an attractive courtyard garden, the former Sultanahmet Jail retains some of its closed-off quality, but in the service of creating what I found to be a relaxing oasis amid the area’s hubbub.

Location: 

Set just behind Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, the Four Seasons is conveniently located and easy to find – perhaps a little too easy, as the local carpet touts seem to have the entrance well staked-out.

Bedrooms: 

Done up in a variety of warm, but tastefully subdued colours, the 65 rooms and suites all have deep marble tubs, writing desks, high ceilings, and wood-framed windows, mostly looking out over the landscaped courtyard, though some have Marmara or neighbourhood views. Hand-woven kilims and original pieces of art are employed to give the rooms a more home-like than hotel-like feel, though in some cases I found the décor to be a bit heavy on the high-end knick-knacks.

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Public areas: 

The flower-filled courtyard is a peaceful place to take a break.

Eating and drinking: 

The well-regarded Seasons Restaurant turns out high-end takes on Mediterranean specialties as well as some fusion fare. Even if you’re not staying at the hotel, I recommend the Friday night wine tastings, with generous pours of good local wines and a rich buffet of cheeses and other snacks for a very reasonable 30 Turkish Liras.

Leisure facilities: 

The small but excellent spa and health club features a Turkish bath, men’s and women’s saunas, and a variety of exercise machines. Additional services include massage, aromatherapy, and facials.

Service: 

The service is as impeccable as you’d expect, with extremely competent (and multilingual) concierges, twice-daily housekeeping, and daily deliveries of fresh fruit and bottled water.

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Who stays there: 

Both business and leisure travellers, as well as wedding parties and other groups hosting special events. Locals come to enjoy the restaurant and rooftop bar.

Price advice: 

The breakfast buffet is lavish, but at an additional 60 Turkish Liras (30 euros), probably just worth having once for a treat. Internet access is likewise a pricey extra, costing 40 liras (20 euros) a day.

Pros: 
Great service
Comfortable rooms
Good location
Cons: 
No pool
Pricey extras
Some construction noise in area

More information on Four Seasons Sultanahmet:

Price from:
£206
Type:
Hotel
Address:
Tevkifhane Sokak No. 1, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey, 34410
Amenities:
Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Room Service
Neighbourhood:
Sultanahmet

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