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Housed in a 19th Century Ottoman Palace on the Bosphorus, and with unbeatable service, style and a serious wow factor, the Four Seasons Bosphorus has it all.
The 166 rooms, including 25 suites, are spread across the historic main building and the two contemporary wings that flank it - opt for a room in the palace for views of the water to see the eclectic mix of boats that float through. Whether in the palace or wings, all of the rooms combine a contemporary style with an Ottoman Turkish design - think terracotta and aqua blue, and rich, custom-made fabrics and furniture. Lavish marble bathrooms complete the picture.
Four Seasons Bosphorus boasts a vast private waterfront. There is a marble terrace with fountain and gardens, a bar, the waterside Aqua restaurant, and a swimming pool with umbrellas and sun-loungers. Other facilities include a gym complete with sauna and steam room, and a huge spa with three Turkish hammams and a vast range of treatments.
As well as the Aqua restaurant on the waterfront, which serves delicious Mediterranean food, there is also the Pool Grill. As the name suggests, it is next the swimming pool and offers light bites such as grilled kebabs and fresh octopus salad.
This hotel is all about service, and they have got it spot on. Neither intrusive nor idle, the staff are attentive to guests every need and requirement, whilst seamlessly blending into the background.
Opt for a room in the Palace - look hard enough and you may even catch a glimpse of Asia.The traffic in Istanbul can be horrendous, so make use of the hotel's regular shuttle boats to Sultanahmet and beyond.
Tom, Original Traveller