Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus

Hotel in Istanbul

5-Star Luxury Hotel

“An immaculate experience!” is how I would describe the Four Seasons Hotel on the Bosphorus, Istanbul.

Let’s start with the property itself; originally a 19th century Ottoman palace known as “Atik Pasha”, until 2008 when it converted into the Four Seasons Hotel. Nestled against the Bosphorus in the chic town known as Ortakoy, the 4-story former palace features 170 luxurious guest rooms and 25 suites.

“Right this way, Madam”, said a member of the concierge team as she escorted my partner and I through the glass and marble lobby; decorated with authentic Turkish artwork fit for a palace. Arriving at our guest room (€730 per night), we are immediately impressed! The accommodations are large, accentuated by soaring 20ft ceilings, and massive Ottoman-style windows through which the afternoon sunlight pours. A complimentary sampling of chocolates, pastries and fresh fruits tickles our pallet before we sink into the goose feather bed for a quick nap.

As the sun sets on Istanbul, we venture down to the 27.5m pool adjacent to the shimmering waters of the Bosphorus. The pool boy hands us freshly made and complimentary lemonade punch, he offers a selection of contemporary newspapers and magazines, and escorts us to pool chairs which offer an unobstructed view of the vibrant Bosphorus.

After a quick dip in the pool, we head to the spa to make our “Hammam” appointment ($204 each). Travel + Leisure Magazine recently named the spa “Top Hotel Spa in Europe” in its “Annual World’s Best Awards”, and this marked our expectations high. The spa offers three Turkish bath treatment rooms, 10 massage therapy rooms, four “Hammam moments” rooms, and three signature treatment rooms. The common areas are peppered with colored Mosaic tiles and paintings by contemporary Turkish artist, Ergin Atlihan.

Our masseuses greet and escort us to our Hammam room featuring heated Marmara marble. After an hour and a half of what was a euphoric combination of deep tissue massage, exfoliating scrub, and a bubble bath, I do not believe I have ever in my life, felt as clean or as rejuvenated.

Skip forward to around midnight – a recurring sinus headache that had been relatively mild for the past two days decided to appear in full-force in an attempt to ruin a perfect day. The pain was excruciating – too unbearable to sleep, let alone attempt a visit to the pharmacy. My partner called the concierge for assistance, and within 30 minutes, equipped with only a list of my symptoms, the concierge returned from a nearby pharmacy with a powerful concoction of decongestants, and nasal sprays. With these remedies I was able to sleep that night and carry on with my holiday in Istanbul.

If you’re visiting Istanbul, you absolutely must experience the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus!

Liz Tecirli is a freelance travel writer previously based in London but now in the Middle East, specialising in adventure travel, extreme sports and luxury breaks

Photographs courtesy of Four Seasons Istanbul at The Bosphorus

Reviewer's Rating
Relaxation, Lively Nightlife, Culture / Sightseeing, Shopping, Great local restaurants
Services Free High Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service, Fitness Center, Swimming Pool, Health Spa, Conference Rooms, Wedding / Personal Event
Dress Code Smart Casual
Cost Expensive
Ambience Incredible Staff, Elegant
Number of Rooms 170 rooms and 25 suites

Room and Suite Categories

Superior Room (45 m²); Courtyard Room(45 m²); Palace Courtyard Room (45-50 m²); Deluxe Room (45 m²); Palace Bosphorus Room (45-55 m²); Four Seasons Junior Suite (60 m²); Palace Roof Suite (65 m²); One-Bedroom Bosphorus Suite (80 m²); One and Two-Bedroom Bosphorus Palace Suites (80-170 m²) and the Atik Pasha Suite (377 m²).

Last updated on 19-02-2015

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