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January 10, 2018updated Jan 14, 2019

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey

By Lauren Jade Hill

Set on the Bosphorus strait that links Europe and Asia, this Four Seasons hotel is housed in a restored 19th-century Ottoman palace. The pleasingly symmetrical exterior wouldn’t be out of place in a Wes Anderson movie, and is best viewed from the water (be sure to arrive by the hotel’s luxury boat transfer, or take a sunset cruise to explore the surroundings).

The interiors are soothing and understated; the views across the strait to the hills of Asia take center stage. Visit over a weekend to join in the festivities at a definitely-not-basic brunch — it’s more akin to a festival with live music.

Top suite: Atik Pasha Suite from $26,000 per night

If you do one thing: Tour local Ottoman mansions and visit celebrated interior designer and Ottoman art historian Serdar Gülgün’s waterside home.

Contact: Tarek Mourad, general manager,, +90 212 381 4051,

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