Four Seasons Sultanahmet

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

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4.6

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
4.7
90%
Eating/drinking
4.5
90%
Leisure facilities
4.4
90%
Service
4.7
90%
Value for money
4.2
90%
Bedrooms
4.5
90%
Public areas
4.8
90%

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.

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.

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.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Families with younger children
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Celebrity spotting
  • Romance
  • Shopping
  • Special occasions
  • Trendiness

Pros & Cons

  • Good location
  • Great service
  • Comfortable rooms
  • Pricey extras
  • No pool
  • Some construction noise in area
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