Truly Remarkable Turkey – Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet

HOOD:  Istanbul, Turkey. A few steps from Istanbul’s most important landmarks in Sultanahmet
VIBE: Neoclassical cool
PROPERTY SIZE: 65 guest rooms and suites
ROOM STYLE:  Modern, spacious with lovely Turkish touches
WE LOVE:  The fact that this property was once a prison (over 100 years ago)
INSIDER TIP: Sunset cocktails on the roof terrace listening to the call to prayer. A quintessential and unforgettable Turkish experience.

WORDS BY: Chris Cheyne, General Manager, Goldman Travel Corporation

Nestled between the tourist hot spots of the Aya Sofya, the Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace, the Four Seasons Istanbul at Sultanahmet is a perfect location to base yourself in Istanbul – particularly for first time visitors as all the major historical monuments are within easy walking distance.

This part of the city conjures images of the Constantinople of old, with spice traders and merchants rubbing shoulders with explorers; a very different experience then you will have on the Taksim Square side of the city, with its modern eateries and stylish boutiques.

Take a walk along Divanyolu Cadessi to reach the Grand Bazaar – only about 15 minutes, past shops, restaurants, and Mosques.

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet
Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet

The hotel forms a square, with half the rooms looking in on a lovely garden and restaurant. We stayed in a Deluxe King category room, comparable to most junior suites, such was its size.  Sporting views looking down to the garden, glimpses of the minarets of Aya Sofya, an oversize bathroom with deep soaking tub, luxurious amenities, and a small entry foyer, this was both elegant, and comfortable.

For the fitness inclined, the hotel offers a very well appointed gym in the lower ground floor; large change rooms are stocked with toiletries and big fluffy towels.  There is also a large, clean sauna, and rain shower with body jets to rinse off and cool down in.  For those guests wishing a full Turkish spa experience, you can enjoy the facilities at the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus (a short drive or tram ride across town), or visit the local Hammams (the AyaSofya Hurrem Sultan Hammam is just up the road), where you can be massaged in a mountain of soap bubbles, and scrubbed to your shiny-skinned best!

Overall our stay was very good.  For its location, comfort, and service, I would certainly recommend the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet – particularly if you want to immerse yourselves in the history of the old city, but enjoy a little bit of pampering and luxury while you do it.

AMENITIES: (book with us for)

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
  • Fresh Fruits
  • USD100 Food & Beverage credit

Take a Grand Tour of Italy with Belmond

HOOD: Italy
VIBE: Sophisticated schlepping
PROPERTY SIZE: Six iconic properties to choose from
ROOM STYLES: Indigenous chic
WE LOVE: The possibilities! Venice, Florence, and Portofino can be done five star, in seven stunning nights
INSIDER TIP: Wherever you stay, Belmond’s concierge have complied a list of unforgettable cultural, culinary, wellness and active experiences

WORDS BY: Josh Ogilvie

Italy’s back on our European bucket list (as if it was ever off).

Belmond is currently offering the perfect excuse to embark on your dream Italian grand tour by offering seven nights, in your choice of two or more of their lux Italian abodes, for one flat weekly rate. Choose from:

Prices start at EUR€540 + tax per night. Book with us for additional amenities like preferential access to room upgrades, complimentary breakfast and hotel credit across the hotels.