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Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus
Ranked #25 of 1,135 Hotels in Istanbul
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“fantastic hotel”
Reviewed 28 September 2013

this hotel is absolutely breathtaking. We stayed here twice before and will most certainly come back again. the rooms are extremely clean, staff is very helpful and polite. We are not huge fans of turkish food in general but the food at the hotel is very good. It is a quite expensive hotel but absolutely worth it.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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FSBosphorus, General Manager at Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus, responded to this review, 20 October 2013
Dear Chochyu,

Thank you very much for staying with us in July.

We are delighted to read that you described the Hotel as "breathtaking" and it is a big pleasure to see that we made it up to your expectations during all your visits.

We look forward to welcoming you back again in the nearest future.

Best regards from Istanbul,

Leonardo Baiocchi
General Manager
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

Excellent service and attention to detail from the start. For the kids, at check-in they were given toys and during their stay the bed sheets were changed to reflect their age (princesses/disney).

For the grown up the outside seating area overlooking the Bosphorus, both indoor and outdoor pool and spa were just magical.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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FSBosphorus, General Manager at Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus, responded to this review, 20 October 2013
Dear ushpatel,

Thank you very much for your post.

It is a great pleasure to read that your experience was awesome and the whole family enjoyed their stay in July.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the nearest future.

Best regards to London,

Leonardo Baiocchi
General Manager
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

One of the best hotel I have ever been in. Breakfast and diner by the Bosphorus is breathtaking experience.
Staff incredibly nice and discrete
Bar restaurant not that expensive by european standard
Amazing pool area

Room Tip: Rooms in the main building are more expensive but definitely worth it - would maybe not take a seavi...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2013

The thing that stands out most about this property is its location. Situated along the Bosporus in the Beshikas neighborhood, the location gives you the ability to be on the water and still access several of Istanbul’s coolest neighborhoods. The old building is Four Seasons elegant and the design is consistent with the period of the building displaying its Turkish heritage. The biggest fault of this hotel is unfortunately the one thing that can’t be easily changed – it’s layout of the rooms. With only 14 rooms that have a Bosporus view it seems as though the hotel was built to disappoint. Furthermore, the orientation of the 2 buildings where most of the guest rooms are located are not facing the water. It’s very odd to build 2 new buildings neither of which faces the best asset, the water.

The staff was friendly and helpful but overall despite this amazing location and fantastic views from the terrace and pool but overall this hotel was missing something. There was nothing that hooked us. I cant put my finger on it but perhaps in a city with such rich culture and heritage this hotel may not be up to snuff or maybe it was just us. Regardless we had a very nice stay and the staff was great. For us, it was a much better choice than staying in Sultanahmet and we enjoyed the relaxing and slower pace once on the property.

One suggestion for the Four Seasons would be to run their own ferry service from the private dock of the Four seasons Bosphorus to a dock near the spice market to allow their guests the ability enjoy both properties and as a huge value add for guests at the Bosphorus property – the ability to get to the old town without the traffic which is now synonymous with Istanbul.

Room Tip: Ask for one of the rooms with a view in the main/old building.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Carbondale, Colorado
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

what a lovely place for my daughter and I to complete our marvelous 10 day trip to Turkey
The room, the spa, the dining area on the Bosphorus... so much to enjoy
we also got to observe an absolutely over the top engagement party ( which we had initially thought was a full scale wedding ) with fireworks, the theme from "Rocky" and lots of gorgeous people ..women in luxe designer gowns!

food was luscious.. will take my husband back to visit for sure !

Room Tip: Higher floors the best
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Athens, Greece
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2013

This is a very luxurious place to stay in.one will enjoy the spacey rooms nicely designed where all kind of comfort thought of is implemented.
Arriving at the hotel you will be met with natural smile of the staff,their politeness ,character of the Turkish people and the interest they show in their guests by their warm welcome.
Once you enter , you feel immediately that you are in a different world .Vast and bright lounges ,decorated with fine taste and grandiose.you immediately feel at home.
We stayed 1 week cared by the personnel who do their best to satisfy you ,mainly at breakfast when they attend to your table with care and interest you have it only at home.instantly you became friendly with them and start chatting as if you are close friends.
All that apart from the wonderful terrace by the charming bosphorus where you relax with a drink in the open air enjoying the sun , the wonderful view of the opposite Asian side of Istanbul this lovely city .
Not to forget the spa and the hammam where you are treated like a sultan.
The week is over , time to go .we left this oasis with a dream to return back soon.

Room Tip: Book well in advance and choose the higher floors.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Zehdi
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Yorkshire, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2013

Outstanding hotel, amazing staff.

The outside pool on the Bosphorus makes this hotel, it's so luxurious. We had a great room, comfiest beds ever. I just love the Four Seasons pillows.

It was the staff that made the hotel, they were so friendly and helpful, especially the Concierge.

Tip - try the iced coffee blends - amaaaazing.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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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
#9 Spa Hotel in Istanbul
#10 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#10 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#17 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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