64. Four Seasons Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey

Ranked #64 in our countdown of the 100 Best Hotels and Resorts in the World.

How clever are they? The Four Seasons took a century-old former Turkish prison – a rather lovely neoclassical prison at that – and turned it into an impeccably elegant urban hotel.

It has a fantastic sense of place – light-filled interiors weave Ottoman-influenced fabrics, colours and textures with marble columns and oriental motifs. It’s right in the heart of Istanbul’s oldest quarter but also a mere stroll to Hagia Sophia, the breathtaking Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque.

Istanbul is always humming but you can retreat to the herb-filled garden courtyard and terrace. If you can stretch to a suite with terrace views – do it!

Size 65 rooms and suites

Hotels.com genuine guest score 5/5

Hotels.com genuine guest review “This place was a wonderful oasis in the old part of the city.”

Did you know The prison was mentioned in Graham Greene’s 1932 novel Stamboul Train. The garden used to be the prisoners exercise yard and the lifts are in the former watchtowers.

 

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