A tevkifhane (tehv-KEEF-hah-neh) is a "house of detention,"
and indeed what is now the Four
Seasons was in Ottoman
times a prison. In fact, it served this function well into the time
of the Turkish
Republic, until the 1990s.
Tevkifhane Sokak has been fixed up nicely because of the posh hotel, but
it also gets some (slow) traffic (Mercedes, BMW, Cadillac, Lexus)
bringing guests to the hotel's main entrance.
With all those well-heeled
tourists in the
shops abound just outside, but there are other shops as well.
If you're staying at the Four Seasons, you won't
be bothered by traffic noise from Tevkifhane Sokak,
believe me (see map below).