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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- Families with younger children
- Celebrity spotting
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Good location
- Great service
- Comfortable rooms
- Pricey extras
- No pool
- Some construction noise in area