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“Beautiful stay, amazing hotel. Would recommend eating elsewhere though as the restaurant, Aqua, was average at best”

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Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus
Ranked #25 of 1,129 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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“Beautiful stay, amazing hotel. Would recommend eating elsewhere though as the restaurant, Aqua, was average at best”
Reviewed 12 September 2012

Beautiful stay, amazing hotel. Would recommend eating elsewhere though as the restaurant, Aqua, was average at best. A beautiful experience on the Bosphorus with amazing service altogether. Concierges and doctor helped get my wife a specific medication for almost no charge. Can't thank them enough.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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FSBosphorus, Public Relations Manager at Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus, responded to this review, 17 September 2012
Dear steinr,

Thank you for your post and we appreciate the valuable feedback provided about our restaurant, Aqua. We've shared your comments with our F&B team. We hope your wife is feeling much better and hope to host you again very soon.

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Four Seasons Bosphorus Team
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Reviewed 10 September 2012

A beautiful venue in one of the world's most fab cities. The staff is attentive. Getting to know you if you are there for more than a few days. I traveled there with my God Daughter who just graduated from college. The Hamman Treatment at the spa was over the top. And drinks at the outdoor terrace were spectacular -- watching the world float by. Life doesn't get much better than this. We were lucky girls!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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FSBosphorus, Public Relations Manager at Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus, responded to this review, 17 September 2012
Dear gdittus,

You made our day, especially your comments on our attentive staff, which we believe is our biggest asset, made us very happy! We are delighted to read that you had a memorable stay and hope you come back soon to watch the world float by...

Warm regards to Washington DC,
Four Seasons Bosphorus Team
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 7 September 2012

The Four Seasons Istanbul does it with style. Like any Four Seasons service is the hallmark However, here in Istanbul that service is enhanced by the amazing view from the Bosphorus. You can't help but relax . Of particular note was the attention to detail in the laundry service. Our laundry was return wrapped in plastic and it made our clothes look brand new again. Never saw that level of service any where. Lovely hotel, great location, and true Four Season quality

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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FSBosphorus, Public Relations Manager at Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus, responded to this review, 17 September 2012
Dear Carole I,

Thank you so much for the lovely post! We are happy to read that you've enjoyed your stay and we made it up to your expectations.
We've shared your comments with our laundry team and you made their day ;)

Best regards to NYC,
Four Seasons Bosphorus Team
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Reviewed 6 September 2012

Spent 2 nights here after spending 2 at the hotel amid in sultanahmet. What a place to relax after 2 busy days sightseeing.
Room - we had a deluxe room and it was huge with a massive bed, possibly the most comfi bed I've ever slept in. The view was lovely of the pool area And the river. L'Occitane products :-) immaculate room.
The pool area - lovely comfi sun loungers, very helpful staff giving you towels, everywhere spotless, great waiter service, yummy cocktails, cold towels, water melon sun glass cleaning, all fabby and of course that great view if the bosphorus
Spa - complete heaven!! I had a massage, facial and hammam. My husband had 2 massages and the hammam, all were fabulous and the spa itself is lovely.
Dinning - breakfast was lovely, lots of choice, fruits, cereals, cooked breakfast and pastries, Nd delicious waffle :-)
Pool grill, we had delicious burgers one day and the wrap and club sandwich the other, all excellent.
Aqua - great setting and service and good food. Not great food though. My fish was a bit under cooked the 1st eve and I really didn't like my starter the 2nd eve, it was a caramelised onion starter, but it was served cold. Caramelised cold onions are not great. My husband steaks were very good though.
The view is wonderful, loved watching all the boats and looking at the bridge all lit up at night.
Staff - every single one that we encountered was completely top notch!!
I hate saying this sort of thing, but we've stay at many very lovely hotels, sandy lane, burj al Arab, soneva fushi and touesserok and the FS bosphorus is right up there with the 1st two and not fr behind the other 2. Fabulous hotel

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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FSBosphorus, Public Relations Manager at Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus, responded to this review, 17 September 2012
Dear holidaychicLondon,

We are very grateful that you took the time to write such a detailed review with great comments. Please be assured that we have shared it with all departments and taken note of your constructive feedback on F&B. Million thanks for helping us to improve our services...We hope to host you again during your future trips to Istanbul...

Warm regards from Istanbul,
Four Seasons Bosphorus Team
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Welwyn
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Reviewed 5 September 2012

Stayed for 2 nights during recent business trip and was very impressed with all round service. A decent walk from the last Tram stop, but once you arrive the quality kicks-in as you enter the palatial style buidling and impressive Reception area.

The terrace overlooking the Bosphrus is beautifully designed with pool area (all creature comforts laid on), Bar section and outside Restuarant. Truly a great location to unwind or to do some evening networking.

Rooms and Reception areas are at the very top end of the market reflecting a progressive yet traditional Turkish theme.

Evening meal (during Ramadan) was memorable with 3 Chefs and a Breadmaker providing dishes cooked to order during set buffet.

It's not cheap, but your stay will be memorable and ideally suited to those prepared to pay for quality and who want to mix frenetic Istanbul site-seeing with some leisurely down-time spent at the Hotel.

Besiktas was not the ideal location for my visit and for tourists it's a little off-centre. However the Hotel experience outweighs those concerns and can be counteracted by judicious use of the Taxi network which seemed reasonable priced.

Istanbul is a massive city with some severe traffic congestion. Watch out for the Metro & Tram networks which are very useful for getting around albeit somewhat limited and very crowded.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled on business
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FSBosphorus, Public Relations Manager at Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus, responded to this review, 17 September 2012
Dear JohnMcUK,

We can't thank you enough for the detailed post. It makes us happy to read that you had a memorable stay with us. Our guests' feedback help us only to get better.
We hope to host you again in the nearest future.

Warm regards from Istanbul,
Four Seasons Bosphorus Team
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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Reviewed 4 September 2012

This is a five star hotel and deserves the five stars. From the friendly manner, food, rooms and spa all is what you expect. The view from the hotel is magnificent as you watch the boats on the Bospherous. If I were to do this trip again, however, I would opt to stay at the Four Season in Old town as it is closer to all the must sees and just as lovely as we used them as our taxi stop and restroom stop a couple of times when visiting the sites in Old Town. Enjoy!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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FSBosphorus, Public Relations Manager at Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus, responded to this review, 17 September 2012
Dear Pa B,

Thank you very much for your post. We believe that we are very lucky to have "two of the most unique properties in the world” with their location and simply a perfect marriage, combining the old and modern Istanbul. We will be delighted to welcome you again in your next trips to Istanbul at any of our two hotels.

Best regards to Charlottesville,
Four Seasons Bosphorus Team
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 September 2012

Unbelievable staff/ service, great rooms, super spa and a wow gym. A truly outstanding hotel right up there with Four Seasons standard. Only negative at all is that the restaurant is good but not in the top 5 in Istanbul. However the breakfast is excellent and the evening buffet was extensive. I would not stay anywhere else in Istanbul; it is near enough to permit sightseeing of Istanbul but a bit away from the main city, next to the impressive waters and gentle winds of the Bosphorus and you would not know you were in a big city.

Room Tip: A front facing view (Bosphorus/ garden/pool) is much better than the views over the back
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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FSBosphorus, Public Relations Manager at Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus, responded to this review, 17 September 2012
Dear grahame c,

Thank you for the detailed post and we appreciate your valuable feedback on our hotel restaurant. We have shared your comments with our Dir. of F&B and the management committee. We are happy to read that you had a pleasant experience overall and we look forward to welcoming you again in the nearest future.

Best regards to London,
Four Seasons Bosphorus Team
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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 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#10 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#10 Spa Hotel in Istanbul
#18 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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