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“Lovely on the Bosphorus”

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Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus
Ranked #35 of 1,151 Hotels in Istanbul
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Woodinville, Washington
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“Lovely on the Bosphorus”
Reviewed 24 March 2012

We stayed one night here after coming back from Izmir before flying home the next day. We had stayed at the Four Seasons Sultanahmet at the beginning of our visit to Turkey. We preferred the Sultanahmet hotel.
The service here at the Bosphorus location was superb. As you would expect from Four Seasons. The hotel is beautiful. The out door area is expansive & covered in marble. Very beautiful right on the water. It was not warm enough to sit outside but on a nice day, it would be a great place to sit & have lunch out enjoy a cocktail. The outdoor pool is also lovely but was not being maintained when we were there. It was dirty & needed cleaning before the season starts.
Out room was quite large. We had our 21 year old daughter with us & decided on our last night we would opt for just 1 room. We were upgraded to a garden view room - but if they consider the room we had "garden view" then I am glad we didn't pay extra for it. We overlooked the entrance to the hotel. It does have a "garden" area in front of the hotel but what really catches your eye is all the cars pulling in & the traffic on the street. It is on a very busy street. But the room itself was nice. We had a roll away bed in the room & we still had plenty of room to move around. There was a desk & chair and a sitting chair with still plenty of room, so a very large room. There is a window seat also which was a nice feature. The room did seem a little dated or just in need of some better decor. It was plain. Overall it is a nice place but not on par with the Sultanahmet location.

Room Tip: This hotel is not close to many things. You will need a cab to get to most places.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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FSBosphorus, Public Relations Manager at Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus, responded to this review, 21 May 2012
Dear Melinda W,

Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a detailed review and we appreciate your sincere feedback. We are happy to have 2 hotels in Istanbul at best locations and it's great to see that you've experienced them both.

You are absolutely right, March unfortunately may be little early to enjoy the terrace and the outdoor pool. Please be assured that we have taken note of your comments about the room and its decor. We will surely look into this issue when renovation time comes.

We hope to host you and your family again during your next visit to Istanbul.

Best regards to Woodinville,
Sibel Benli
Director of Public Relations
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Sydney, Australia
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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 3 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.

Room Tip: in the middle overlooking the water.
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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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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 (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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