What an extraordinary history: Four Seasons Hotel at Sultanahmet was built as a university but used as a prison, just steps from Sultanahmet Square where Blue Mosque, Topkapı Palace and Hagia Sophia are located, is now one of Istanbul’s luxuries accommodations. It was the first prison in the capital of the Ottoman Empire and designed in Turkish neoclassical style in the beginning of the period called “First National Architecture“. Prison served mostly as a prison reserved for writers, journalists, artists as intellectual dissidents sentenced. Since 1992 Four Seasons runs the property as a luxury hotel and with 65 Rooms and suites which are luxuriously designed and overlook the Sea of Marmara, the Old City and interior courtyard.
The glass-enclosed Seasons Restaurant in the central courtyard is one of the area’s few fine dining venues and guest’s favorite. In the charming atmosphere, the restaurant presents the creative menu of the Chef inspired by the traditional Anatolian and Ottoman Food in the comfort of a vibrant ambiance.
The neo-Ottoman rooftop terrace, A’ya Lounge, offers spectacular views of the Hagia Sophia and other monuments which is an ideal place to enjoy a drink and watch the sunset or a perfect venue for celebrations.
The terrace will be an optional venue for the exclusive gatherings to experience intimacy and the beauty of night to the fullest in the heart of the old city.