A city that teeters between modernity and age-old tradition, Istanbul regally straddles Europe and Asia. Replicating the majesty of this historic Turkish city in all its glory is the palatial Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus, where, walking into the magnificent lobby, your gaze can’t help but be drawn towards the glistening, turquoise waters of the Bosphorus, which acts as a boundary between contrasting cultures.
The charming hotel has been fashioned from a beautiful 19th-century Ottoman palace into a chic city sanctuary, which bridges Istanbul’s ancient architectural grandeur with cosmopolitan vistas - the substantial white marble terrace, which boasts exquisite and inimitable views of the Asian hills in the distance, is the perfect spot to while away an afternoon - and sophisticated interiors.
The substantial buffet breakfast is an experience in itself with a dazzling selection of cold meats, creamy yogurt, fresh fruit and eggs made to order, while traditionally clad staff prepare local delicacy, gözleme (flatbread stuffed with assorted savoury fillings).
As the sun goes down, the breakfast room transforms into a fashionable Mediterranean restaurant, Aqua; a cosy bar provides a chic setting for an after-dinner drink and the adjacent room serves up delicious afternoon teas.
With an intimate, boutique feel, this charming property, is the perfect example of east meets west - from the bright and airy rooms overlooking the shimmering waterfront to the manicured gardens, which in the evening, provide Insta-worthy views of the Bosphorus Bridge (the physical connectivity between the two disparate continents) twinkling in the background.
Step outside the hotel and discover a whole host of the city’s most historic sites including the Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace – all a short drive away.
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