Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus
10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Best hotel I've ever stayed in
"I recently stayed six nights at the Four Seasons Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey. From the moment I arrived to the sad day I left, I was treated like royalty. This was true even as actual Jordanian and Moroccan royalty were at the hotel! This property is less than one year old. The upsides are all obvious as one walks through the hotel: glittering spaces, attentive staff, awe-inspiring facilities. The property itself, including the lobby, the bar and restaurant, the outside terrace overlooking the Bosphorus, the amazing indoor pool and spa, and the fitness center, is well worth the expense. But it's the service that makes this the best hotel I've ever stayed in. The staff far surpassed my expectations, which were already pretty high given the property's young age and the fact that it's a Four Seasons. Every need was anticipated and met. I have never felt more respected and catered-to than I did while staying at this hotel. The only two drawbacks are its location and the food at the hotel's restaurant, Aqua. This hotel was probably created with the business traveler in mind. I am not sure whether it is close to the city's business center, as I was there on vacation with family. But most of the people I saw while staying at the hotel were men and women in professional attire. I did see some tourists, but they were in the minority by far. One has to take a taxi to most of the sites one would want to see in Istanbul, which can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic. The Four Seasons does have a property in the Sultanahment neighborhood, which is an ideal location for tourists. But I had family staying there and was able to make a good comparison of the two properties. The Four Seasons Bosphorus far exceeds its sister property at Sultanahment and was about a third of the cost. The food also leaves something to be desired. It was very hit or miss. Some dishes were excellent, such as the rack of lamb, and some dishes were terrible, such as the fried soft shell crab. However, the service, presentation and atmosphere were all wonderful. In all, this is an amazing property. If you can deal with a location that is a little out of the way for tourists, it is a wonderful place to stay. As far as the restaurant goes, that's probably one of the easiest things to improve, which I hope they will shortly. I can't wait to return and visit this hotel again."
- Travel date: 14th January 2009
fabulous classy place
"Just returned from 1 night at the 4 seasons. Had previously stayed at the 4 seasons in cyprus but comes no where near the class and quality of the istanbul one. The lobby with its enormous orchid displays is beautiful and we had a huge room with a bathroom that you could lose yourself in. Only moan wld be no view from the room and aqua restaurant staff a little full of themselves but on the whole faultless. as others say, its the sort of place you need to spend some time in to enjoy the surroundings. loved the little touches like umbrellas by the front door, thickest bathmats ever. Superb!"
- Travel date: 24th November 2008
"My wife and I have seen numerous 4 Seasons worldwide, but we enjoyed this one most. Absolutely stunning location, directly at the Bosphorus, with huge terrace and beautiful outside pool area. Itâs located in Besiktas which is a great location for Istanbul. The old city is quite far during heavy traffic, but no big deal. A boat transfer between the two 4 seasons is in planning for next year, that will be great as it will bring you directly to the old city. The staff are very enthusiastic and learn your name within minutes. The rooms are typical 4 Seasons â not spectacular considering the price, but functional and pretty. The rooms are located on two outside wings running perpendicular to the palace-like main building at the water. The rooms on the out-side of the two wings have a semi-look (sideways) towards the Bosphorus, the rooms on the in-side look over the driveway and inner courtyard. The rooms at the very end of the two wings are close to the relatively busy main road, try to avoid these. But with windows closed, this in no big deal either. A beautiful indoor spa is great for the relaxing hours, but beware that male/female saunaâs and steambaths are separate. I think the hotel has not reached capacity as it is quite new, so you usually have the spa to yourself. Bliss. We paid â¬300 (plus 8% tax) per night for the winter special. You wonât get it much cheaper than this. Some smaller minor points: food/breakfast not spectacular for a 5*-plus hotel. But expensive. The spa swimmingpool area can be stuffy â i.e. not enough fresh air. It is built underground, but they should have built the rooftop windows in such a way to let in fresh air. Airport transfer for â¬110 is fully overpriced."
- Travel date: 11th November 2008
you should keep quiet about places like this
"excellent service ,great location and views ,though perhaps a little out of town if thats where you want to hang out all the time.Even though its not cheap the facilities ,restaurant ,pool and service make this a great place and probably now more difficult to book ,it has more of a boutique feel than its neighbor the kempinsky"
- Travel date: 2nd November 2008
"This Four Seasons is fabulous! Very relaxing. Good food. Top-notch service. Only drawback is no water view. We loved our room. Highly recommended."
- Travel date: 30th October 2008
This place is superb!
"We spent 3 nights here in September.The service was outstanding.The room was their most basic but it was very large and well appointed.Turn down was a treat to come back to,it was done so well. The rear end of the Hotel which should really be called a resort is where you could spend most of your trip. We ate at the Aqua restaurant outside over looking the Bosphorous.The food and service for dinner there was just so attentive (to detail) and tasty,it was excelent in a word! There is a bar area further along the rear concourse also overlooking the bosphorus and you would not be waiting long for service there either. Further over along and you come to the outdoor pool area complete with Cabanna's and it's own bar where you can get a light snack or drinks and have them dropped over to you. There is a lovely warm jaccussi beside the pool. The hotel also has a large indoor pool and spa area downstairs where theres a reception area and people literally falling over you to help you. The Concierge team are very very helpfull also. To conclude,this establishment is up there with some of the best we've experienced lately and I thoroughly recommend it!"
- Travel date: 24th October 2008
the absolute experience
"This was a fantastic experience. The hotel is in a great location. and the service is impeccable. Both the outdoor and indoor swimming pools are amazing. The service is great. whatever you ask for will be provided. Average rooms are ok. Great size and very nice bathrooms. Not so imaginative decoration however. If you can afford go for the ones with the view. On the down side, the hotel is so so nice you don't want to leave it. This can be a small problem in city such as Istanbul with so much to see. I would recommend this hotel if you have time to spend relaxing in the outdoor pool enjoying the amazing view of the Bosphorous and the city."
- Travel date: 22nd October 2008
Impeccable Decor, Outstanding Service - Unsurpassed Experience
"My husband and I stayed at the Four Seasons Bosphorous for three nights on the first leg of our two-week honeymoon. Not only were were blown away by the beauty of the hotel property, the views of the Bosphorous and the incredible service, but we were actually incredibly impressed by the entire experience there. Clearly, the Four Seasons has incredible properties worldwide and my husband and I consider ourselves to be pretty seasoned travelers - so we are even stunned at how much the Four Seasons impressed us. First and foremost, the hotel's decor is stunning. There is not a single piece of furniture (both within the hotel's common areas and in the rooms) that has not been chosen to maximize the grandeur and beauty of the converted palace that is now the hotel property. Second, there are no words to describe the service - there is someone inconspicuously and unintrusively at every turn ready to greet you by name and help you with anything that you might need. Our Palace Suite had 20 foot ceilings, and windows on the Bosphorous. The spa and hammam services were beyond luxurious. My husband and I opted for a traditional couples hammam and we are still obsessing about the decadence of the experience. There is not a single flaw at this hotel. There may be no other hotel on the planet that surpasses this one. You will go to visit Istanbul, but you will not want to leave the Four Seasons."
- Travel date: 24th September 2008
"The property is brand new and pretty much purpose built. We had a junior suite, which was incredibly spacious and functional, as well as having undisturbed views of the Bosphorus and (in the distance) of Sultanhamet. While you will need a taxi to go to most places, location is ideal. On the Bosphorus with great views, 10-15 mins to Sultanahmet, 5-10 minutes to Taksim, 15-20 minutes to Levent. It also has some sites of historical significance as well as good restaurants, ferry stops and a nice promenade within short walking distance. During our stay (4 days, for leisure) service was absolutely impeccable, which I think is very rare. It may be because the hotel has just opened. Pool, restaurants and other facilities are good. The spa menu is limited, but the treatments performed very well. In all, a great hotel. Two (minor) drawbacks: 1) the new wings are pretty ugly from the outside, 2) 90% of taxi drivers still have no clue where the hotel is, so you have to use return cards and make sure they don't take you to the other Four Seasons in Sultanhamet."
- Travel date: 29th August 2008
Gorgeous resort hugging the Bosphorus
"Stayed at the Bosphorus Four Seasons for 3 nights after staying at the Sultanahmet location for 5 nights. While the Sultanahmet location is perfectly located to see the sights, the Bosphorus location is better suited for just relaxing and enjoying this beautiful property. We were excited to check into "the Bosphorus" as the hotel was brand new and it did not disappoint. The hotel is absolutely gorgeous in design, every detail is perfection. The grounds hug the Bosphorus and boats pass literally just a few meters in front of the hotel while huge tanker sail a little further off shore. The pool area also hugs the Bosphorus, although not an actual infinity pool like the ads for the hotel in Travel and Leisure and Conde Naste would have you believe. We reserved the lowest room catagory (Superior) and paid 400 Euro a night. The room was 484 sq ft and felt quite large with a spacious bathroom. The bed was just amazing, even by Four Seasons standards. We had planned to do a little more sightseeing and shopping once we checked in here but we just loved the hotel so much we hardly left the property in 3 days. The one time we did venture out we couldn't wait to get back to this oasis of calm within bustling Istanbul. Now all was not perfect given the recent opening: 1) Many of the staff seemed to be running on the scripts they had learned at "Four Seasons University" 2) Restaurant "Aqua" food really quite bland and boring, not living up to its price or setting 3) Pool staff almost had to be chased down to order a drink. There were plenty of staff walking around but they never seemed to notice if you needed another beverage. All and all this is a spectacular hotel and we would definitely stay there again and our stay here has motivated us to seek out other Four Seasons Resort type properties. This is a hotel in which you will want to check into and not want to leave. Just remember that at the Four Seasons the room rate is just start, everything from internet access, to a beer at the bar costs a pretty penny. eg Internet $45/day, beer by pool $15. We (2 people) averaged $1000 per day total and that was not doing anything extravagant, just breakfast, casual lunch with drinks, drinks by pool, dinner with modest wine."
- Travel date: 3rd August 2008
Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus is also called
- four seasons istanbul
- four seasons the bosphorus
- istanbul four seasons