Brimming with character and local charm, Goddard Littlefair has impeccably re-imagined the Four Seasons at Sultanahmet, Istanbul. This former prison and historical landmark in Old Istanbul is a unique city oasis filled with contrasts and diversities. A secluded sanctuary in which to relax, unwind and enjoy an authentic experience, this magnificent hotel offers everything you’d expect of a Four Seasons property, with a unique boutique feel. 

The hotel interiors are layered and residential in style, with much of the furniture and lighting all designed bespoke for the project. Working with local artisans and makers, the rich embellishments, mosaic lined walls, cabinetry inlaid with carved timbers and stitched leathers, sit alongside exquisite custom lighting concepts that play with the light and shadows of the sun-filled days.

All the depth of detail which the team sought to implement required the calmness of a demure and elegant palette, where light marbles and chic linens are complemented by warm wood, deep burgundy, soft blue-green tones and brass. No stone has been left unturned to weave the rich history and vibrant culture of the locale into the design language of the hotel.

 The restaurant Avlu, is situated in the courtyard of carefully curated gardens which supply the hotel with flowers and herbs. Here guests are able indulge in Anatolian cuisine freshly cooked in the brilliantly copper oven.Perched on the rooftop, the hotel’s renowned bar re-emerges as Süreyya, with a unique and enviable view of the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, Blue Mosque as well as the striking silhouette of the Old City. In addition to these two hubs, the new Hotel bar Lingo Lingo sits back in the main heart of the building, offering a lively atmosphere and contemporary design. An elevated private dining space sits adjacent to Lingo Lingo, offering delicious seafood mezze light and bright space, also convenient for private functions. While La Pistache, the haute couture pâtisserie, offers sweet and unique dishes that will leave a long-lasting impression on your palate.


There was a desire to create a larger focus on wellness areas within the hotel and to find opportunities within the building to showcase a local inspired offering. Perfectly proportioned, the softly lit marble lined spa pays tribute to the local tradition of health and well-being through offering guests the opportunity to embrace the experience of a Turkish Hammam. A treatment room covered with marble mosaics is at the heart of the space while a social relax room complete with wrap-around deep banquettes sit nearby.

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