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Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus
Ranked #34 of 1,149 Hotels in Istanbul
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“Amazing experience”
Reviewed 7 November 2011

An excellent hotel I recommend very much to all visitors, at least if you can afford it, it is really worth it. Amazing location, amazing views, great services, smashing breakfast. A must go. Now one thing, I've noticed that they have the tendency to say "no" first if you request something ("another room", as of course, as a gay couple, they gave us the noisiest room, close to the road, or a "late check out", or anything you ask). But then, they call back and fulfill your needs. i wonder why not just do it before saying "No", since they will say yes at the end (LOL). Anyway, special thanks to the female concierges, who are extremely helpful, almost giving you the itinerary for the day, which was great, as one can get lost in the city or miss some amazing places. The gym, spa, hammam, sauna area is just amazing. Even the food in the bar (avoid the restaurant for lunch or dinner, too posh and food not as good as the bar) is great. I must say that we were quite sad to leave the hotel, since we had such a great time in Istanbul, thanks to the hotel staff as well. Congrats. I'm impressed (does not happen that often, especially in Europe); We'll go back there if we can...

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Atlantic City, New Jersey
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Reviewed 7 November 2011

it's our home away from home. love it - central, clean, roomy, great breakfast, excellent service. And, WHAT A VIEW!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
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Sydney
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Reviewed 5 November 2011

We stayed at the Four Seasons for 6 nights and we loved every moment. We had a room with a view of the Bosphous which was beautiful. The service and high standards lived up to every expectation that the Four Seasons brand name carries. The location is a little removed from the heart of the tourist action, but this is a good thing. It's a short walk to Ortakoy, which has some nice bars and restaurants and also to Besikitas which is also great. While I love to retire to the wonderful comfort of a hotel like this at the end of a busy day I also prefer to eat a little more "locally" and feel the city and culture of the place I am visiting. The Four Seasons made this easy to achieve - highly recommended.

Room Tip: Take a room with a Bosphorus view, looking towards the Old City
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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UAE
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Reviewed 1 November 2011

wonderful location on Bosphorus, wonderful terrace.
good in-room dining. amazing rooms.
difficult to access by walking.
limited choices of restaurant within the hotel with decent Mediterranean restaurant.
ery small lobby but with good bar/cafe which provides privacy

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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Reviewed 25 October 2011

Probably one of the best hotels-extremly large rooms,the service is high level,spectacular breakfast outside as they have great terrace near the Bosphorus.The hotel has two big pools outside and one indoor pool where is the spa.The outdoor pools are very good,they serve you as compliment the,give you some fruits etc.The SPA is very good,hot jaccuzi inside,one large pool,separate (men/wome) hammam,sauna.If you want to have a walk around the hotel it's really well positionned-near some nice area full of bars,restaurants and cafes (I forgot the name,something with 'O' maybe?),walking distance by 10 min max.
This hotel is really my favourite one of almost at least 4 Four Seasons I have experienced!

Room Tip: Every room is unique!As the hotel...
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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FSBosphorus, Public Relations Manager at Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus, responded to this review, 4 November 2011
Dear Elena 123_11,

Thank you very much for your recent post in TripAdvisor. We are delighted to find out that we have met your expectations during your stay and you went home with nice memories from Istanbul. There are no better motivators than our guests' comments!

The area which is at a walking-distance to the Hotel is named "Ortakoy" and it is indeed an enjoyable district with many options.

We hope to host you back at Four Seasons Hotel Bosphorus in the nearest future.

Warm regards to Sofia,
Four Seasons Bosphorus Team
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Vienna, Austria
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Reviewed 16 October 2011

I loved the stay in FOUR SEASONS BOSPHORUS ever so much, because I like especially the style of FOUR SEASONS as well as the staff, their manners und their professional doing. Thats why I prefer to stay in FOUR SEASONS on every spot in the world, where they are located.

Room Tip: Room on the south side ok, if you have the view over the Bosporos
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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FSBosphorus, Public Relations Manager at Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus, responded to this review, 4 November 2011
Dear elisabeth h,

Greetings from a sunny Istanbul.

Please let me introduce myself as Sibel Benli, Director of Public Relations at Four Seasons Hotels Istanbul.

Thank you very much for the great comments about your stay in September 2011.
We are thrilled to read your compliments about our staff and their attitude. At Four Seasons, our people are our greatest asset and you can be assured that we will share this post with the rest of our team as there can be no better motivator than our guests' comments.

We look forward to being your host again in the nearest future at Four Seasons Hotel Bosphorus.

Warm regards to Vienna,

Sibel
sibel.benli@fourseasons.com
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 16 October 2011

I am sure part of the wow factor here was the amazing upgrade we received to a One Bedroom Palace Bosphorus Suite (we booked with American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts). Having spent two nights at the Sultanahmet property we were transferred between the hotels in a BMW 7 series (complimentary) and then escorted straight to our room, with no check in formalities required. The room was spectacular – approximately 80 sqm with really high ceilings. We could barely tear ourselves away from the view. The breakfasts were excellent – huge selection and high quality. The staff were exceptionally friendly and professional and what a way to dine – sitting out on the terrace overlooking the Bosphorus.
We tried out the spa which was good, but not great. We also spent time by the pool and the Cabanas are excellent, and the pool staff very friendly – we appreciated the glass cleaning service for our sunglasses and the iced towels, and novelty treats. We had a poolside lunch where one meal was not of an acceptable standard, however this was handled well by the staff. We got the hotel to organise a booking to Dolmabahce Palace which is about a 30 minute walk away. Make sure to get a reasonably early booking time as otherwise the queues can be horrendous. Do stay in the Palace Building and not the newer wings as it is has real character. We loved this hotel and struggled to rejoin our Silver Spirit cruise after such an amazing experience.

Room Tip: Stay in the Palace Wing - splurge for the Bosphorus side if you can
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus
Address: Ciragan Cad. No. 28 | Besiktas, Istanbul 34349, Turkey
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Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Besiktas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Istanbul
#10 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#10 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#12 Spa Hotel in Istanbul
#21 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus 5*
Number of rooms: 170
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus. On the European bank of the Bosphorus – which flows through Istanbul’s history and heart – Four Seasons gives a 19th-century palace a fresh, eclectic spirit. Alluring facilities include a chic urban spa. Fine restaurants and pools by the quayside overlook the Asian shore. And all are awash in the light, space and excitement of this water’s-edge location. ... more   less 
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