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Four Seasons Hotel at The Bosphorus, Istanbul

The hotel is a venue of excellence, a former 19th century Ottoman palace built of white stone on the water’s edge

As the flow of the Bosphorus keeps Europe and Asia apart, it has created a landscape that is a major landmark of Istanbul, spinning a magical story where the river, the clear blue or stormy skies, and the light play the leading roles. It is a story of adventure, of ancient trade routes and epic journeys. A fil rouge running from antiquity and Byzantium gold, unfolding through the epic of the Orient Express and the novels by Agatha Christie, including the mark of the opulence of centuries of Ottoman rule like Iznik ceramic tiles, the blue hue of the mosques, and the sensuality of the harems of the Sultans. The Hotel Four Seasons at the Bosphorus is located in Besiktas and looks out onto the Bosphorus, as its name suggests. From the airport, you can take a boat to the hotel and start your stay in the Turkish capital with a magical touch as you are immersed into the aura of a bygone age. Here, water is an element that casts a magical spell and blurs the signs left by the passing of time. River cruises set out from here and drift languidly past antique palaces and gardens once the homes of noble families, giving visitors the chance to see the city from a different perspective, framed by the skyline dotted with domes and minarets. The hotel is a venue of excellence, a former 19th century Ottoman palace built of white stone on the water’s edge. In the summer, sun seekers can work on their tan while enjoying the breeze, whereas at sunset, the panorama is overtaken by myriad shades of pink and molten gold, orange and red. Whatever the season, guests can sit back and relax over cocktails accompanied by the typical meze or can try out Anatolian delicacies. The spa facilities are a plus, especially the octagonal hammam in Marmara marble, a modern interpretation of an Ottoman Turkish bath. Guests can choose from three restaurants at the Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus, including an Italian restaurant, exploring eastern and western cuisine. The hotel also has a chocolatier, a fitness room, an outdoor pool, and an indoor pool adjoining the spa. The rooms overlook the Bosphorus through wide, arched windows drawing the mood and light of the city into the room. Some of the rooms still have their original marble fireplaces and their decorated ceilings commissioned by last Sultans in the 19th century who adored mixing elements alluding to the Second French Empire with local traditions. Four Seasons has another hotel at Sultanahmet in the heart of the Turkish capital, in a building that was originally a 19th century prison and is a just short walk from Haghia Sophia and the Topkapi Palace, with its Imperial treasures. On the rooftop lounge, you feel you could almost reach out and touch them, privileged partners in a dialogue weaving together the charms of beauty and living memory.


No:28, Çırağan Cd

Beşiktaş/İstanbul, Turkey

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