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Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus
Ranked #35 of 1,155 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
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“It doesn't come any better than this!”
Reviewed 21 March 2012

I have just stayed at the Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus for 5 nights.
I was attending a conference held at the Lutfi Kirdar Convention Centre.
I must admit, I had some initial second thoughts about choosing the Four Seasons when I saw the proximity of other hotels such as the Hilton and Intercontinental to the Convention Centre which would have made going to the conference each day more convenient.
However, the experience of staying at the Four Seasons more than compensated for the short distance travelled to the conference daily.
This hotel sets a standard that would be the envy of most luxury hotels.
As you know, the location is simply stunning, even in winter, with intimate Bosphorus views.
The level of service was outstanding: all the staff knew my name, even the ones I hadn't met!
I would like to comment on two things in particular:
The spa, sauna, relaxation rooms, gym facilites were incredible. Most commercial gymnasiums would not compare to the quality of the equipment provided.
Secondly, the manager on duty approached us as we leaving to ask for feedback about our stay. I do not think this was paying lip service, but rather a genuine enquiry about our experience at the hotel, and a desire on their part to know how they can continue to fine tune their product. Very impressive.
I would rate this as one of the best luxury hotel experiences I have ever had, and have no hesitation in recommending it to you.

Room Tip: Make sure you have time to use the gym and spa facilities. Dining in house at Aqua is highly recomm...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
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FSBosphorus, Public Relations Manager at Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus, responded to this review, 17 May 2012
Dear Dr. JOHn,

Thank you for staying with us during your Istanbul visit for the conference and we are delighted to read your great comments about your experience. We've shared them with all our team, especially with Spa, Aqua and our Duty Manager.

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

Best regards to Sydney,
Four Seasons Bosphorus Team
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 18 March 2012

We stayed 5 nights and were ready to move in permanently.
After a free upgrade to a roof terrace room, I do not recall enjoying a hotel as much.
The service was exceptional, polite and professional. There were free desserts delivered every evening as well as fresh fruit and water delivered daily. The bathroom was amazing. The pool area and outdoor areas alongside the river were beautifully maintained. Not normally ones to eat at the hotels, we thoroughly enjoyed the outdoor dining experiences.
The fitness centre had everything possible. And the spa and hamam experience is not to be missed. Well worth the many cents it cost to stay there!

Room Tip: Select a room with a view of the Bosphorus
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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FSBosphorus, Public Relations Manager at Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus, responded to this review, 17 May 2012
Dear Aussieabroad054,

Thank you so much for the great comments! We have shared it with the rest of our team and there is no greater motivator for us than the feedback of our guests.

We hope to host you again in the nearest future :)

Warm regards to Sydney,
Four Seasons Bosphorus Team
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed 8 March 2012

I visited Istanbul for Christmas and everything was wonderful! The views from the room were exquisite and the attention great!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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noosa , qld australia
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Reviewed 4 March 2012

we stayed 2 day,s in May 2011.
the hotel is very romantic , and the restaurant was excellant Italian cuisine, although we were really craving for some really good turkish food after 3 weeks on a French cruise ship..the bar does serve turkish style tapas for want of a better word .
it,s a good 15/ 20 minute cab ride from the centre of town , but it,s great to be able to hop on a boat at the front of the hotel and cruise the bosphorus.
we loved the tranquility away from the crowds in the centre of town , and we would stay here again for certain.

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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FSBosphorus, Public Relations Manager at Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus, responded to this review, 21 May 2012
Dear parmaham8,

Thank you very much for your kind post. We are happy to read your comments and appreciate the valuable feedback on the lack of Turkish items in the restaurant. We are also working on this issue and have enriched the alternatives this year.

We truly hope to host you again in the nearest future,

Best regards to Australia,
Four Seasons Hotel Bosphorus Team
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 27 February 2012

It may read strangely to start a fabulous review by saying"...the3 best part of our stay was leaving..." but the perfect departure just underscored the visit and the management of th. property.
I am used toe Four Seasons providing good "meet and greets'. They had done a seemless move from Sultanahmet; not check in nor front desk; but this was even better.
The BMW 750 with an intelligent well spoken driver whisked us to the airport. Usual. Theen suddenly he called a concierge at the airport who met us with a porter and the next thing we knew we were at customs leaving. No lines no hassles. In a new , for us, airport with an unfamiliar layout and signs in a strange language, I can not tell you how hassle free this was. A perfect end to a perfect stay.
After being immersed in the historic old section of Istanbul it was a good contrast to be on the wide waterway; watching life and commerce flow by.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner; not to mention drinks along the Bosphorus; even one afternoon by the pool, sunning in the beautiful summer sun.
The rooms were big and well done with a flair. My only complaint is the large windows did not open. They were latched to control the a/c so one could not throw them open and stand on the french balcony. A shame.
Our room faced the Bosphorus in the main building. Not certain if the buildings behind our hotel were condos or other rooms, but would want to be where we were.

  • Stayed August 2011, 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
#10 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#10 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#13 Spa Hotel in Istanbul
#23 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
Price range (per night): $432 - $660
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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