The legendary Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet has started to welcome guests after a major refurbishment.
The hotel - which opened in 1996 - has just 65 rooms & suites and offers superb views of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia Mosque, the Marmara Sea and the mighty Bosphorus.
Located in the Old Town, the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet was once an Ottoman prison that housed political prisoners, artists and writers. It was depicted in the infamous 1978 film "Midnight Express".
The building itself is stunning - constructed in 1919 in a Turkish Neoclassical style.
The hotel's total refurbishment has seen an upgrade to all the rooms & suites and the spa, inclusion of a traditional Turkish barber and a fitness centre. The hotels main bar is now called Süreyya and the Lingo Lingo Bar & Restaurant is a new addition. La Pistache - an haute couture patisserie is aimed at those with a sweet tooth! Celebrated chef Özgür Üstün (ex-St Regis and Six Senses) is now at the helm of the hotel's new signature Avlu Restaurant - which is located in the delightful courtyard.
The Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet has always been a favourite for visitors who love being close to the Old Town - with its quaint streets and - of course - tourist attactions. It joins its contemporary sister property - Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus - in a city that now boasts some of the finest hotels in the world.
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