The Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus is a 19th-century Ottoman building (the Atik Pasha Mansion) that's been restored, modernized, and matched with two new but harmonious buildings to form the hotel.
It's a worthy adjunct of its renowned sister hotel, the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet, with 166 guest rooms (of which 28 are suites), all with flat-screen HDTVs and wired and wireless high-speed Internet connections. Most rooms have oblique Bosphorus views.
Facilities include Turkish and Mediterranean restaurants with Bosphorus views, a lobby lounge, spa with hamam, heated outdoor swimming pool with whirlpool, pool-side terrace and grill, a private dock, two ballrooms, six function rooms and a Wedding Garden.
Located north of Beşiktaş on the European Bosphorus shore, it's only a short walk from Yıldız Palace and Park, the Çiragan Palace Kempinski Hotel Istanbul, and the ferry docks atBeşiktaş. However, you may find yourself usingtaxis most of the time to get around, and the traffic here on the Bosphorus shore road can be intense, and jammedat rush hours.
The fashionable Ortaköy district is just a short ride north along the Bosphorus shore. Just a bit farther along is Rumeli Hisarı fortress.
It's easy to reserve a value-priced private airport transferto the hotel in a Mercedes-Benz vehicle that costs only slightly more than a taxi, and significantly less than two taxis (which you'll need if you have 4+ people and/or lots of luggage), and far more pleasant, comfortable and trustworthy. More...
Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus
Çirağan Caddesi No. 80
34349 Beşiktaş, Istanbul, Turkey
—by Tom Brosnahan