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Famed for its old-world opulence, this legendary hotel has been an Austrian institution since its opening in 1876. Situated in the heart of the city, opposite the Opera House, Hotel Sacher Vienna offers an incomparable harmony of exclusivity and unique character. While many hotels call themselves grand, this is the genuine article. It is the philosophy of the Hotel Sacher Vienna to surpass even the highest expectations of its discerning clientele. Rooms and suites are lavishly furnished with antiques, heavy fabrics, and original artwork. Sacher Spa pampers guests in an atmosphere of pure luxury, with traditional sauna, steam room, and herbal baths. The award-winning fine dining restaurant, Anna Sacher, is the perfect setting to savor the chef’s classic light interpretation of traditional Austrian cuisine. Of course, a visit to the hotel’s coffee shop is a must – for a taste of the hotel’s eponymous pastry, the Original Sacher-Torte.
Ideally situated in this fairy-tale city’s most desirable location – at the edge of the Vltava River, steps from the Charles Bridge – the Four Seasons Hotel Prague welcomes guests into a world of luxury and gracious service. Here you will discover a tranquil enclave, immersed in the vibrant Old Town. Interweaving centuries of architecture with tomorrow’s technology, the Four Seasons connects you to the most authentic Prague and grants access to one-of-a-kind cultural discoveries. The hotel encompasses three historic structures – from the Baroque, neoclassical, and neo-Renaissance periods – united by a new, modern building. Interior decor is inspired by the various periods, infusing the hotel with genuine Czech character. The romantic, candlelit Allegro Restaurant is the first Michelin-starred restaurant in Central and Eastern Europe. Be sure to request a table by the window, to enjoy a magical view over the castle and Charles Bridge.
Ancient, modern, and completely luxurious, the Mandarin Oriental Prague is both an exquisite hotel and a beautifully preserved piece of history. Built on the site of a former 14th-century monastery, the hotel offers a rare retreat in the quiet cobbled streets of Mala Strana. With high contemporary design blending seamlessly with period architectural features, the hotel invites guests to truly immerse themselves in historic Prague. Beautifully appointed guestrooms look out onto stone corridors that echo the tranquility of this former monastery. At the elegant Essensia restaurant, executive chef Jiří Štift provides an exemplary culinary experience with a spotlight on Asian cuisine and traditional Czech recipes. The stylish Barego bar is one of Prague’s most sophisticated watering holes. The only spa in the world located in a former Renaissance chapel, the hotel’s spa offers a unique spiritual space to complete your journey to equilibrium.
“The Savoy” conjures up images of Noel Coward tinkling the keys on a white piano while tuxedoed gentlemen and women in satin gowns sip champagne in an exquisite Art Deco ballroom. This iconic London luxury hotel first opened its doors in 1889. Today, The Savoy is still synonymous with style, sophistication and impeccable service. The hotel has undergone a $340 million restoration and the interior pays homage to the hotel’s original Eduardian and Art Deco aesthetics. Rooms and suites are lavishly appointed, and boast spectacular views over the River Thames and the city of London. The River Restaurant offers a modern French menu. At the Savoy Grill, chef patron Stuart Gillies oversees a menu returning to the classic Escoffier-inspired grillrooms of old. The world-famous American Bar serves classic cocktails, while the new Beaufort Bar is all about champagne, cocktails, and cabaret. Traditional afternoon tea is served in the Thames Foyer.
The George V opened in 1928 in honor of George V of England, grandfather of Queen Elizabeth. Today, many consider this regal hotel to be the best luxury hotel in Paris – if not the world. Located in the exclusive Triangle d’Or district of Paris, the hotel is just steps away from the Champs-Elysées and luxury retail stores, and a mere 200 yards from the Seine. Everything about this hotel says luxury. The stylish marble foyer is famously filled with spectacular flower arrangements in breathtaking Lalique vases. Rooms are, naturally, extraordinary. Several suites and deluxe rooms have private terraces, and a few offer views of the Eiffel Tower. Bathrooms are opulent, with polished Egyptian marble and gold-plated faucets and showers. The hotel’s celebrated restaurant, Le Cinq, is one of the best in the world and serves classic French haute cuisine. For an aperitif, head to the lively George V Bar and raise a toast to the City of Lights.
An illustrious hotel known for its cuisine, luxurious rooms, and superlative service, Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin sits in the center of this sophisticated, vibrant city, next to the famous Brandenburg Gate. This landmark hotel has hosted countless dignitaries and celebrities. The vibe here is classic European elegance. The airy marble lobby is topped by a stained-glass dome, and a piano player accompanies guests taking tea by the Art Nouveau fountain. Guestrooms have a contemporary feel, showcasing rich fabrics, bold shapes and colors. The exclusive Adlon Day Spa and the Roman-Mediterranean pool and gym area provide a haven of beauty and pure relaxation. Four outstanding restaurants offer divine dining experiences. In the early 20th century, the Winter Garden was the scene of high-society balls. Today, it offers a quiet spot for drinks. Chances are you will spot a VIP or two during your stay. More importantly, you will feel like one.
The elegant and unique Kivotos is surely one of the most enchanting places on the island of Mykonos – if not in the entire world. Nestled on the picturesque Bay of Ornos, right on the water and just minutes from Mykonos town, Kivotos combines the hospitality of a small family residence with the luxury of an exclusive resort. Each of the hotel’s rooms and suites is a work of art, individually decorated by famous artists and local craftsmen. Outside, marble steps wind past lush gardens, fountains, and five swimming pools. In the main pool, guests can swim up to the bar to enjoy a refreshing beverage, accompanied by soothing underwater music. There is also a secluded pebble beach. A 75-foot private yacht can be chartered for a romantic cruise. And two superb restaurants serve outstanding international and Mediterranean cuisine. The luxurious and timeless Mykonos hammam, with its shimmering mosaic tiles, offers the ultimate spa experience.
A magical once-in-a-lifetime experience awaits you at this stunning luxury hotel. The charming Katikies is situated on a cliff, 328 feet above the dazzlingly blue caldera basin waters of the Aegean Sea, in the picturesque village of Oia, the most westerly point of Santorini. Traditional Aegean architecture blends past with present in a playful, freeform fantasy of stairs, bridges, cubist cottages, and infinity swimming pools. All 27 guest rooms are built into the cliff. Rooms are splendidly appointed with light and modern pieces. Amazing beaches and breathtaking views are the order of the day – the view from the infinity pool can only be described as out of this world. The intimate Katikies Restaurant is an irresistible spot for candlelit dinners overlooking the caldera. The menu features Mediterranean cuisine and local specialties. Looking out at the panoramic view of the purple-tinged Aegean is the very definition of “romantic”.
The Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace is more than a luxury hotel – it is an architectural treasure. In fact, it is one of the finest examples of Art Nouveau architecture in Central Europe. Situated on the Pest side of the Danube, at the foot of the historic Chain Bridge connecting Buda and Pest, this landmark hotel is a dazzling tribute to Art Nouveau splendor. Your first taste of Art Nouveau is the magnificent iron-gated entrance with a peacock motif. The hotel lobby features a breathtaking glass-domed ceiling with a stunning, ultramodern crystal chandelier. The generously proportioned guestrooms have vaulted ceilings, and some have private step-out balconies with views of intimate interior courtyards, the Old City, or the sparkling Danube. Inspired by Budapest’s rich spa heritage, the hotel spa offers an extensive range of rejuvenating treatments. A candlelit dinner in the elegant restaurant completes the enchanting picture.
The Bay of Naples was once the playground of the Roman Emperors. Today, its stunning beauty still enchants visitors. Set on a cliff 1,000 feet above the sea, the luxurious Hotel Caesar Augustus offers one of the most awe-inspiring vistas to be found on the beautiful isle of Capri – and perhaps in all of Europe. From the rooms and grounds of this luxury mansion, guests can gaze over the entire Bay of Naples, including Mount Vesuvius, Sorrento, Ischia, and the island of Capri. The hotel’s panoramic swimming pool is the most spectacular of all those to be found on Capri. Here, one can while away the days beneath the blue skies, gazing out across the sea, in total peace and tranquility. Capri’s legendary tagliarelle are all the more delicious when sampled on the hotel’s elegant terraces overlooking the pool. At dusk, the hotel dining room is transformed into an elegant candlelit paradise, ensuring a truly memorable culinary experience.
A former 11th-century palace overlooking the breathtaking Amalfi Coast, Hotel Caruso has hosted luminaries including Greta Garbo, Humphrey Bogart, and Jacqueline Kennedy. The hotel, which sits atop a 1,150-foot limestone cliff in Ravello, is a jewel filled with Mediterranean magic. The views alone are worth the visit. Rooms are exquisitely decorated with Neapolitan-style furnishings. Complimentary boat tours offer a relaxing trip up the coast. The cuisine here is Mediterranean, with an accent on traditional regional recipes from Naples and the southern part of Italy, revisited in a contemporary style by executive chef Mimmo di Raffaele (don’t miss private cooking classes with the chef in his kitchen). But the centerpiece is the stunning infinity pool. Framed by ancient Byzantine columns, the water of the pool blends seamlessly into the cerulean Aegean and the mountains beyond, creating an endless horizon and infinite shades of blue.
The timeless beauty of the Amalfi Coast meets classic elegance at this historic hotel. Santa Caterina enjoys a panoramic coastal setting of incomparable beauty; the hotel sits at the summit of an extensive cliffside property, which begins along the Amalfi drive and tumbles down to the water in a series of landscaped natural terraces. It is a heavenly place, surrounded by the perennial blue of the Mediterranean sea and sky, luscious bougainvillea, and lovingly cultivated olive groves and citrus orchards. The exquisite guestrooms are filled with charming local antiques and decorated with hand-painted floor tiles and whitewashed walls. A glass elevator takes you down to the private Beach Club, where you can soak up the Mediterranean sun by the seawater pool or enjoy a delicious platter of fresh grilled fish at Restaurant Al Mare. The famed cliff-top Restaurant Santa Caterina serves up unforgettable views along with award-winning cuisine.
John Steinbeck once described this former palazzo as “an old family house converted into a first-class hotel.” You will simply describe it as paradise. This storied hotel, now in its second generation of Sersale family ownership, is nothing less than heaven on the Amalfi Coast. At Le Sirenuse, quiet elegance meets Italian charm. All of the guestrooms in the poppy-red 18th-century villa feature museum-quality antiques and hand-painted ceramic-tile floors, and most enjoy a private balcony or terrace overlooking the breathtaking bay. Dine alfresco at the champagne-and-oyster bar. Take a dip in the stunning pool. Enjoy a pampering spa treatment. Or tool up and down the coast in the hotel’s vintage wooden boat. The hotel’s restaurant, La Sponda, features a Neapolitan menu devised by one of southern Italy’s finest chefs. Hundreds of candles flickering under a vaulted ceiling covered in bougainvillea create a romantic ambience beyond compare.
Glamorous, sun-splashed Portofino is home to one of the world’s most exclusive and romantic hotels. Originally a 16th-century monastery, the Hotel Splendido Portofino has a history dating back over a hundred years. Since the beginning, the hotel has played host to the most famous and noble families in Europe and the cream of the international jet set, with the first person to sign the visitors’ book being the Duke of Windsor. Overlooking the picture-perfect bay of Portofino, this hotel is a splendid retreat high above the sea. With its individually decorated rooms and suites, superb cuisine, and impeccable service, it is the jewel in Portofino’s crown. Enjoy an early morning yoga session overlooking the harbor, or spend the afternoon swimming in the beautiful pool amid terraced gardens. Dining on fish, pasta with pesto, and focaccia at La Terazza – on the outdoor patio overlooking the bay – is an experience that is not soon forgotten.
Located on the shores of Lake Como, where the blue waters meet the green mountains that soar above the lake, the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni has been enchanting guests for over a century. This former 18th-century villa is a pristine example of pure neoclassical style. The hotel’s opulent interiors are adorned with frescoes, paintings of mythological scenes, gilded frames, antique Persian carpets, and crystal chandeliers. Accommodations are equally sumptuous and feature period furnishings, antiques, and art. For a unique molecular menu, head to Mistral to savor gourmet cuisine by the beautiful lakefront swimming pool. You can also enjoy pampering spa treatments. Go for a bike ride on the Bellagio promontory. Take a motorboat to visit the historic gardens along the lake. Or, simply relax in this magical oasis of beauty.
Located on the shores of Lake Como, where the blue waters meet the green mountains that soar above the lake, the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni has been enchanting guests for over a century. This former 18th-century villa is a pristine example of pure neoclassical style. The hotel’s opulent interiors are adorned with frescoes, paintings of mythological scenes, gilded frames, antique Persian carpets, and crystal chandeliers. Accommodations are equally sumptuous and feature period furnishings, antiques, and art. The celebrated Terrazza Serbelloni restaurant serves award-winning, high quality Italian cuisine in an elegant setting. For a unique molecular menu, head to Mistral to savor gourmet cuisine by the beautiful lakefront swimming pool. You can also enjoy pampering spa treatments. Go for a bike ride on the Bellagio promontory. Take a motorboat to visit the historic gardens along the lake. Or, simply relax in this magical oasis of beauty.
A serene city escape tucked between the Spanish Steps and the Piazza del Popolo, this elegant hotel is housed in a historic building dating back to 1816. Today, the hotel is frequented by discerning travelers from the world over. Decorated with marble statues and modern paintings, the impressive lobby leads to two separate wings, which enclose the hotel’s stunning terraced gardens. The so-called “Secret Garden” provides a tranquil oasis where you can dine alfresco at the lovely Le Jardin de Russie Restaurant, renowned for its superb Mediterranean cuisine and menus created by a two–Michelin-star chef. Soft lights complete the beauty of the garden, which hosts the open-air Stravinskij Bar during spring and summer. At the hotel spa, savor a warm tea infusion or fresh, nonalcoholic cocktail while being pampered with luxurious signature treatments. Don’t miss the charming antique shops lining the quaint cobblestone Via del Babuino.
A legendary hotel of rare elegance, the St. Regis Grand Hotel more than lives up to its name. This belle-epoque masterpiece is located just steps from Via Veneto. Opened by César Ritz in 1894, the hotel is brimming with crystal, frescoes, sculpted columns, and precious antiques. The magnificent lobby features a white-marble reception desk, red-velvet throne chairs, Oriental rugs, and a 30-foot ceiling. The lavish rooms are exquisitely appointed in a combination of Empire, Regency, and Louis XV styles. 24-hour butler service ensures that all needs are met quickly and efficiently. Afternoon tea is served in the Grand Hall beneath the circa-1894 chandelier. Unwind at KamiSpa & Fitness, the city’s first urban oriental spa. Sip a glass of Prosecco at Le Grand Bar – the “it” spot in Rome. Then savor an intimate candlelit dinner in the wine cellar, where silks and contemporary art provide a sophisticated setting for gourmet Italian cuisine.
Set high in the rocky hills on the east coast of Sicily, Grand Hotel Timeo has long been a favorite destination of glamorous European and Hollywood stars. It’s easy to see why. As the first hotel to be built in Taormina, it naturally occupies the most perfect location, directly in front of the Greek theater and with sweeping views of the coastline and majestic Mount Etna. A splash of Baroque mixes with the Mediterranean style in the hotel’s lobby. Wrought iron and wicker chairs surround marble tables in the original bar from 1873 and on the adjoining palatial patio. Fine linens and drapes, Oriental rugs, and prints in gilt frames decorate the rooms, 31 of which are in the neighboring Villa Flora. Dining on the terrace at the main restaurant offers a timeless panorama in which Mount Etna and Capo Taormina are the stars of the show. The magical views are matched by the restaurant’s spectacular Sicilian and Mediterranean cuisine.
A fully restored 12th-century castle converted into a modern-day luxury sanctuary, Castello del Nero is a haven for total relaxation and exquisite pampering. This luxurious boutique hotel is located between two of Italy’s most historic towns, Florence and Siena. The hotel’s frescoed suites feature fireplaces, marble tubs, fine antiques, and art treasures. And then there is the spa. Castello Del Nero boasts the area’s first exclusive destination spa designed by famed spa designer ESPA. The state-of-the-art facility fuses ancient therapies with the latest techniques to pamper body and soul. There is also a heated pool, gym and two tennis courts. Restaurant La Torre offers a picture-perfect setting for a genuine Tuscan food and wine experience. Created around local ingredients, the menu features a tempting array of homemade culinary delights. From pasta to bread and pastries, everything is rigorously homemade – and irresistibly delicious.
A grand hotel with a grand history, the Grand Hotel Continental is housed in Palazzo Gori Pannilini, built in the 17th century by Pope Alexander VII for his niece on the occasion of her marriage to the nobleman Giulio de’ Gori. The grandeur of the architecture and the building’s sumptuous decorative scheme perfectly express the high social standing of the families. All this and much more contribute to the unique character and artistic splendor of the Grand Hotel Continental, the only five-star luxury hotel in Siena. Each room is a treasure trove of frescoes, terra-cotta floors, mirrors with inlaid silver frames, delicate silks, Chinese porcelain lamps, and Carrara marble baths. Dinner at the Sapordivino restaurant is a sublime affair, with a menu featuring delicious traditional dishes and mouthwatering desserts. The Wine Cellar offers an enchanting environment in which to sample some of the 200 bottles stored from floor to ceiling.
Located on the Piazza della Repubblica, close to Florence’s renowned Duomo, this luxury hotel is just a short walk from the Uffizi Gallery and the Ponte Vecchio. The elegant decor is contemporary Italian in style, with subdued tones and tasteful fabrics. As a tribute to the designer fashion houses of Florence, there are quirky images of shoes throughout the hotel. Each one of the rooms and suites is stylishly outfitted with plush furnishings, deeply comfortable beds, and marble and mosaic bathrooms. Fine cuisine and impeccable service are hallmarks of this hotel. Collaboration with a two-Michelin-star chef makes L’Incontro Restaurant one of the most renowned addresses in Florence. During summer, guests can dine outdoors and absorb Florence’s cosmopolitan atmosphere. Just steps away from the main Florence fashion houses, the Hotel Savoy is the ideal base from which to visit the key attractions of this beautiful and historic city.
This small luxury hotel is undoubtedly one of the most romantic places in the world. A former monastery, nestled on a hilltop surrounded by trees and terraced gardens, the hotel overlooks the magical city of Florence. Dating from the 15th century, its façade is attributed to Michelangelo. The hotel is an oasis of peace, just minutes from the center of Florence. To step inside Villa San Michele is to experience the ethereal beauty and solitude of a Renaissance building that is as much a part of Italy’s culture as the country’s greatest cathedrals and galleries. Here, each visitor is a privileged guest, invited to stroll in the Italian gardens, filled with lemon trees and roses, and savor the superb Tuscan cuisine on the alfresco loggia as if in a private home. Each room has its own unique style and antique furnishings, and every room boasts a spectacular view. This is the quintessential Italian experience – and it is one to be savored.
A five-minute boat ride across Venice’s lagoon leads from St. Mark’s Square to this legendary waterside retreat. At the heart of the city, yet set apart from its busiest squares, this is where the glamour of Italy’s dolce vita meets true Venetian style. The Cipriani is more than a resort; it is a destination unto itself – an island apart in every sense. Flanked by two 15th-century palazzos, with its own sparkling lagoon, the hotel is the epitome of European glamour. The decor is opulent, with silk brocade, murals, and frescoed and gilded ceilings. Guestrooms are luxurious and offer picture-postcard views of Venice. Explore the beauties of the lagoon in the Cipriani’s own private wooden boat, swim in the Olympic-size pool, or savor an unforgettable meal at one of the hotel’s three restaurants. The Gabbiano Bar is the place to see and be seen. Sip an after-dinner drink along with the glitterati in the romantic Piano Bar. Life is sweet.
Spain’s second-largest city is home to exhilarating culture, distinctive architecture, and world-class cuisine. It is also home to one of the most distinctive luxury hotels in Europe: the stylish Hotel Arts Barcelona. This dramatic 44-story tower of blue glass and gleaming steel commands stunning views of the city, the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean, and Frank Gehry’s famous fish sculpture. The hotel dazzles guests with its striking contemporary architecture, award-winning restaurants, peerless service, and spectacular collection of contemporary Spanish art. Guestrooms are luxuriously appointed. There are also 28 fabulous, spacious duplex apartments. After a day spent exploring the waterfront or immersed in the city’s past, guests can indulge in a soothing treatment at the Six Senses Spa, and enjoy fine Mediterranean cuisine at one of the hotel’s five restaurants. This is truly a one-of-a-kind retreat in a one-of-a-kind city.
King Alfonso XIII wanted a luxury hotel to rival the Ritz in Paris – this six-story palace next to the Prado is the result. Built in 1910, this grand dame still reigns as the Spanish capital’s most elegant and exclusive hotel and has played host to dignitaries, aristocrats, presidents, and movie stars alike. Located on a grand boulevard in Madrid’s fashionable Retiro district, Hotel Ritz Madrid is old-world luxury personified. To stay here is to step inside a baroque palace, complete with soaring ceilings, marble pillars, and priceless antiques. Service is paramount, and with a 250 to 167 ratio of staff to room numbers, each guest is treated royally. The sumptuous Goya Restaurant offers one of the finest dining experiences in Madrid. Sitting down to brunch on the elegant, tree-shaded Terrace and Gardens is a not-to-be-missed delight. Afternoon tea with scones and piano accompaniment in the exclusive Lobby Bar is as civilized as it gets.
The Hotel Villa Padierna has it all – charm, luxury, and a fabulous location. Nestled in the hills of Marbella, near the shores of the Costa del Sol, the views here are awe-inspiring: on a clear day you can see the coastline of Africa, and every night the sunsets are nothing less than spectacular. Built in the style of a Tuscan palazzo with 700 pieces of artwork, this luxury hotel is the perfect place to soak in the Mediterranean sun, take a leisurely walk through the boutique shops dotting the harbor, or enjoy a show in a Roman amphitheatre. Golf lovers will discover three championship 18-hole courses. Villa Padierna also takes pampering seriously. The Thermae Spa is one of the largest in Costa del Sol and features eight different Roman baths, saunas, and a range of treatments guaranteed to rejuvenate body and soul. The hotel’s enchanting restaurant, La Veranda, offers a gastronomic fusion of northern and southern Spanish cuisine.
The Villa Padierna Palace Hotel has it all – charm, luxury, and a fabulous location. Nestled in the hills of Marbella, near the shores of the Costa del Sol, the views here are awe-inspiring: on a clear day you can see the coastline of Africa, and every night the sunsets are nothing less than spectacular. Built in the style of a Tuscan palazzo with 700 pieces of artwork, this luxury hotel is the perfect place to soak in the Mediterranean sun, take a leisurely walk through the boutique shops dotting the harbor, or enjoy a show in a Roman amphitheatre. Golf lovers will discover three championship 18-hole courses. Villa Padierna also takes pampering seriously. The Thermae Spa is one of the largest in Costa del Sol and features eight different Roman baths, saunas, and a range of treatments guaranteed to rejuvenate body and soul. The hotel’s enchanting restaurant, La Veranda, offers a gastronomic fusion of northern and southern Spanish cuisine.
An enchanted city sanctuary in the midst of Florence, this exquisite, art-filled Renaissance palazzo and convent frame a centuries-old private park. Here, one can relax amid original frescoes and exquisite sculptured reliefs, or sip cappuccino under majestic trees. There is also a luxurious spa and open-air pool. The Four Seasons Hotel Firenze offers one of the city’s most sought-after dining experiences, setting internationally recognized standards for service and unrivaled fare. Imaginative menus focus on modern interpretations of Italian cuisine, incorporating traditional Tuscan cooking and the freshest local ingredients. An exclusive selection of wines completes the gastronomic experience. The location is also a gem; the wonders of the Uffizi and Duomo are a stroll away, and ancient Tuscan hill towns beckon.
Long considered the city’s finest hotel, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon reflects the nobility and charm of historic Portugal. Perched atop one of Lisbon’s seven hills, the hotel offers vistas of Eduardo VII Park, St. George’s Moorish castle, the Old Town, and the Tagus River. Refined grandeur is the order of the day here. The hotel’s lobby and lounges double as a gallery displaying a collection of modern Portuguese art. Guests can enjoy pampering in the award-winning spa overlooking the lovely garden. The rooftop fitness center offers a spectacular outdoor running track with panoramic views. At the sophisticated Varanda Restaurant, you can savor award-winning cuisine and an extensive wine list on a glittering terrace above the city. The Ritz Bar offers a chance to sip the rarest port while nestled in sumptuous comfort.
This intimate boutique hotel is consistently rated one of the top in the world – and it’s easy to see why. Set in the heart of this fabled city – less than a minute’s walk from Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace – the Four Seasons Hotel at Sultanahmet is an elegant oasis of calm and luxury. The hotel is housed in a historic neoclassical building that features graceful architecture, vaulted ceilings, and arched windows. The 65 guestrooms are outfitted with dark woods, brass fittings, paintings by local artists, Turkish crafts, and rich carpets. In the courtyard, a spectacular glass pavilion is home to the Seasons Restaurant, where international cuisine and local specialties can be savored in a refined atmosphere. The roof terrace, with views across the Sea of Marmara, is lovely in the summertime.
Located on the European bank of the Bosphorus – which flows through Istanbul’s history and heart – this stunning hotel was originally a 19th-century Ottoman palace. A fresh, eclectic spirit pervades the Four Seasons Hotel at the Bosphorus. Restrained elegance is the hallmark of this sumptuous property; the decor reflects a sleek, understated aesthetic. Airy, high-ceilinged rooms are decorated in a hushed palette of cream, russet, and gold. The hotel’s chic urban spa takes inspiration from the enduring mystique and unique qualities of the hammam, famous since Ottoman times. There is also a breathtaking skylit indoor pool. The Four Seasons’ stylish restaurants offer sophisticated menus featuring fine Mediterranean, Italian, or Turkish cuisine. Sipping a cocktail on the terrace overlooking the water is a magical experience.