We decided to rent the family room, since we were traveling with our 2 kids for a 2 week vacation in Istanbul. The price we paid was an excellent value- one double bed and two twin beds in a double room with views of both the Marmara Sea and the minarets of the Blue Mosque. Breakfast was included, which is nice to be able to take care of at the hotel before you go on a day of walking, taking in the sites, etc... The staff is very friendly and hospitable and the hotel is very clean. The air conditioning works very well. There is a nearby grocery store, which we would frequent to put drinks in our in-room refrigerator. Trust me, after a long day of exploring the city, it is great to come back to a clean room with air conditioning, clean nice bedsheets and cold drinks. It is also nice to have a friendly staff that tries to their best to make sure you are comfortable.
You can certainly find fancier hotels in Istanbul- with swimming pools, larger rooms, etc... but it is important to note that those hotels are not usually in Sultanahmed and come with a much bigger price tag. If you want to stay at the Four Seasons, be prepared to pay for it! This hotel is true to how it is advertised. The pictures are realistic. Again, the staff is great. Our son is a picky eater and the staff helped us order Dominos Pizza several times at our hotel (embarrassing to admit since the food in Istanbul was amazing, but you know how kids can be). We loved our two week vacation in Istanbul with our kids and are happy we chose the family room at this hotel.
I would also recommend arranging airport transfer through the hotel. The van that picked us up from the airport was very comfortable and large enough for all of our luggage. It was also air-conditioned and had a tv inside playing a "Welcome to Istanbul" video. The driver greeted us immediately and took care of everything. You do not want to start your vacation getting ripped off by a cabbie taking you around in circles after a long flight. This was the best way for us to start our trip, especially as we were exhausted and had young children with us. A great value for families with kids!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Capital of the Civilizations that not only made their own but many other countries’ history, ISTANBUL! Our hotel which is located in Sultanahmet area that sheltered the most significant historical and touristique places of Istanbul city which has hosted many civilizations and has been a bridge between East and West, Asia and Europe; provides you a peaceful ambiance with its walking distance to Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia and Topkapi Museums, Grand Bazaar, Hippodrome and Suleymaniye Mosque and all of the rooms with sea view which was designed according to the comfortableness and ease of our guests no matter what is the goal of your trip; business or touristique. ... more less
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