Housed in a century old ornate, lemon coloured, Neoclassical building, it is hard to imagine the Four Seasons Hotel, Sultanahmet once served as a prison. A small yet unique hotel in the Four Seasons portfolio the hotel is located right in the heart of the old city. Virtually in the shadow of the Aya Sofya, only minutes from both the Blue Mosque and Topkapı Palace, and backing onto the ongoing excavations of a former Byzantine Palace, it’s a perfect base for sightseeing on foot.
Interiors are equally unique and reflect the characteristic understated elegance of the Four Seasons group. Carpets, antiques, and hand-woven Ottoman tapestries abound, alongside ochre stonework, tiled table tops, and floors inlaid with Turkish geometric designs. The wood and the wrought iron are native and the distressed paint work on the walls has been done by hand with a spatula, as by artisans in time passed.
The high-ceilinged rooms are arranged around a spacious central courtyard, once the exercise yard for inmates, and some have panoramic views over the Sea of Marmara and the Aya Sofya. Amenities are plentiful, including a refrigerated private bar, large plasma television, MP3 player docking station and a DVD and CD player. The lavish marble bathrooms include a deep soaking tub and separate shower.
Voted the best hotel restaurant in Turkey, Seasons is housed in an ornate pavilion in the courtyard, with a pleasant open air terrace, plus there’s a more informal lounge dining area. The elegant, refined décor combines Turkish artwork with more contemporary elements, and the beautifully landscaped garden serves as a peaceful oasis in the middle of high-energy Istanbul.
Located on the rooftop of Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet, A’YA Rooftop Lounge is one of the most awe-inspiring terraces in Istanbul with its unbeatable view of Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque. An ideal venue to enjoy evening drinks with a backdrop of Old Town.The menu of A’YA offers savoury snacks such as mussels dolma, lamb durum and Turkish puff pastry.
A beautiful pergola overlooking the garden is the place to be on hot summer nights.