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Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus
Ranked #32 of 1,141 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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“A little oasis in Istanbul”
Reviewed 6 May 2014

Amazing hotel, beautiful location near the Bosphorus with gorgeous swimming pool. Very attentive staff and helpful concierge. The rooms are quite spacious with marble bathrooms (bathtub and shower) and are very clean. It is even worth while coming here just for a drink/meal in the evening to enjoy the peace and take a break from the bustling Istanbul streets. Beautiful SPA, only downfall would be the breakfast with very little choice for the price being paid.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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FSBosphorus, General Manager at Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus, responded to this review, 9 May 2014
Dear luxuryworldwide,

Thank you very much for sharing this post regarding your stay in May. It is a great pleasure to read that you had a lovely time with us and I'm happy to see that you described our Hotel as an oasis in the city.

In addition, I appreciate your constructive feedback on the breakfast, and please be assured that I will look into this issue.

We hope you come back and visit us again very soon...

Best regards to London,

Leonardo Baiocchi
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Stratford, Canada
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Reviewed 3 May 2014

We just returned from staying four nights at the Four Seasons and I was very impressed. The staff was very attentive and the rooms were very spacious. Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus lives up to all your expectations.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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FSBosphorus, General Manager at Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus, responded to this review, 9 May 2014
Dear AmyB603,

Thank you very much for sharing this post regarding your stay in April. I'm happy to read that we met your expectations during your four days with us. Our biggest aim is to ensure a memorable stay for our guests.

We hope that you come back and visit us again very soon...

Best regards from Istanbul,

Leonardo Baiocchi
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

Our first trip to Istanbul, and we thought long and hard about where to stay.........we'd decided that after full days exploring the amazingly hectic and frenzied city life, we might welcome a touch of peace and serenity in this beautiful and luxurious hotel superbly situated right next to the Bosphorus. Jumping into readily available and inexpensive taxis whenever needed was not a problem for us !
We arrived on an early flight from Beijing, and had asked the hotel for an early check-in if possible, and to our delight they managed to oblige and by 7.30 am we were relaxing in our luxurious room on the 4th floor which overlooked the courtyard at the front of the hotel, but also gave us a small view of the Bosphorus with the many ferries and small boats providing a hive of activity and entertainment.
Our room and bathroom was as you would expect from a 5 star hotel.....and everything was perfect in every way....from the generous amount of soft fluffy towels, cosy dressing gowns ( choice of winter or summer weight ), slippers, excellent toiletries, huge comfy bed, Nespresso machine, well-stocked mini bar, fruit plate etc. etc........everything worked superbly !
Breakfasts were fantastic. So much choice from the buffet, and the staff couldn't do enough for us, even encouraging us to sample traditional Turkish dishes which were freshly prepared from the kitchen. All truly delicious.
We'd also like to give high praise to both the Room Service staff, and Bar staff who were all amazingly efficient, professional and friendly, serving us hot, tasty food on every occasion. We decided to give the main restaurant Aqua a miss based on what we felt to be a rather limited choice of dishes on their evening Italian menu. Surprising really, as the all day dining menu served in either the lounge or bar areas was extremely extensive. This was our only disappointment !
Spa, pool and gym areas looked to be fantastic, although we have to admit we didn't manage to indulge.
We would like to thank absolutely every member of staff who certainly knew how to give impeccable "service with a smile" which we truly appreciated.
The Four Seasons at the Bosphorus gave us an unforgettable experience.........many many thanks to all !!

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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FSBosphorus, General Manager at Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus, responded to this review, 9 May 2014
Dear Ros N,

I cannot thank you enough for taking the time to write such a detailed review about your stay in April and I would like to say that we feel honored as you have chosen Four Seasons Hotel Bosphorus during your first visit to Istanbul.

I'm glad to read that you had the opportunity to experience Hotel's outlets and I have noted your comments on our restaurant, Aqua. We are working on our menus currently and we just launched the summer menu, hopefully you will find it to your taste in your next visit.

I shared your review with the rest of the team, especially room service and bar teams as there can be no bigger motivator than our guests' comments.

Thank you once again for your kind comments and we hope to welcome you back during your future trips to Istanbul...

Best regards,

Leonardo Baiocchi
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

This hotel had exceeded my expectations to the fullest. I have never seen anything like it, the view from the hotel was absolutely amazing. The service which we had received was beyond excellent. The staff were very friendly, helpful and joyful. This hotel is somewhere I will definitely consider returning back to. The rooms were just as lovely as the hotel itself, very spacious and very luxurious.

The hotel is located in an excellent location, not too far off from the attractions and the high society locations in Istanbul. It is very close to Taksim, Besiktas and Ortakoy.

The prices were extremely high however it is four seasons after all! This hotel is just astonishing and breath-taking. SOMEWHERE EVERYBODY HAS TO VISIT ONCE IN THEIR LIFE!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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FSBosphorus, General Manager at Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus, responded to this review, 10 May 2014
Dear Jeyda-Y,

Thank you very much for sharing this post regarding your stay in July 2013. I am delighted to read that you enjoyed your time with us and we exceeded your expectations. It is a great pleasure to hear that you loved the location, service and found our staff helpful, friendly and joyful. There can be no greater motivator for us than our guests' comments.

We look forward to welcoming you back during your next trips to Istanbul...

Best regards,

Leonardo Baiocchi
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

I need more than 5 stars to describe our experience at the Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus. The staff provided the best service I have ever experienced and the room exceeded my luxury expectations. I can’t wait for my next stay!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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FSBosphorus, General Manager at Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus, responded to this review, 10 May 2014
Dear John D,

Thank you very much for sharing your post and for your kind comments. You made our day by giving us a star coming from your heart. I shared your review with the rest of the team as there can be no greater motivator than our guests' comments.

We hope you come back to Istanbul soon and visit us again...

Best regards,

Leonardo Baiocchi
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Prague, Czech Republic
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

...this is definitely a place to stay in Istanbul. 4S standards are kept at every level (nice rooms, friendly and professional service) - plus the spa/pool area was just amazing and having a delicious (from by all means plentiful) breakfast outside with the view of the Bosphorus was a nice start to my days in Instanbul.

I was told that Aqua (the hotel's restaurant) is actually one of the best restaurants in town - though I must admit to never trying it out as I preferred eating out in the more livelier parts of town.

The venue by itself is nice and conveniently close to the business part of town (cca 15-30 mins by taxi, depending on the traffic) - might be a better idea to stay at the other 4S in the Old Town (Sultanahmet area) in case you're more into sightseeing and culture.

On a practical note - I was surprised that there was a surprisingly limited selection of TV channels (with only a couple being in English).

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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FSBosphorus, General Manager at Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus, responded to this review, 10 May 2014
Dear KachkaUmich,

Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a detailed review about your stay in April. I am happy to read that you enjoyed your time with us and we ensured a memorable stay. As you mentioned in your post, we have two properties in Istanbul and our sister property is located at the heart of the Old Town, just a few steps away from city's landmarks.

Thank you again for your kind comments and I appreciate your feedback about TV channel selection. You can be assured that I will look into this issue with my related department heads.

We hope you come back to visit us again very soon and have a chance to enjoy also our restaurant, Aqua this time...

Best regards from Istanbul,

Leonardo Baiocchi
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

This is an outstanding five star hotel in just about every way. Unfortunately the prices for rooms and everything else are also quite extreme. It has big beautiful rooms, excellent staff and great views over the Bosphorus from the outside areas. However, most rooms have no view and the public areas only have very limited ones of the Bosphorus.

Why wouldn't I stay again? Besides the price, the big issue is that Sultanahmet is really where you want to be. The real value of Istanbul is the old town, it's mosques, markets, alleyways, ancient buildings, culture and life. While the hotel is near the Dolmabahce Palace (definitely worth a visit even if you do have to join and escorted tour once you get there), it is a decent cab ride, or a twenty minute walk and a tram ride, from Sultanahmet. If I was visiting Istanbul again I would try to get a hotel in the heart of the old town.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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FSBosphorus, General Manager at Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus, responded to this review, 10 May 2014
Dear BeachSwaggie,

Thank you very much for sharing this post regarding your visit in April. I am happy to read that you described your experience with us as "outstanding" and sorry to see that you would not wish to stay with us again. However, we are lucky to have two beautiful properties in Istanbul and our sister property is located at the heart of the Old Town, just a few steps away from city's landmarks. We created a "City of Magic" accommodation package which allows guests to enjoy both Four Seasons properties while in Istanbul.

We hope we will have the pleasure of welcoming you again at our both hotels in Istanbul during your future trips...

Best regards,

Leonardo Baiocchi
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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
#11 Spa Hotel in Istanbul
#20 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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