Are you still with me for my Turkey experience? My next experience took place in an old Turkish prison… completely revamped into a beautiful hotel property of course. This Four Seasons hotel is located in the oldest district in Istanbul, Sultanahmet, and is walking distance to the grand bazaar. A huge difference from the palace like Bosphorus property, the Four Seasons Sultanahmet is a completely different vibe. It’s both quaint and traditional and gave me a great Turkish experience. It’s rich in culture and meticulously designed. I especially loved the bold yellow color of the exterior. When I arrived to the hotel, it was the 20th anniversary of the FS Sultanahmet. The service was attentive and caring. Not only did they make sure that my stay at the hotel was a superior one, they even made me an amazing Canon camera cake! It was a blogger’s dream.
All Istanbul must’s are here at Sultanahmet. You can hang out at the rooftop and soak in the views while retreating to some traditional Turkish coffee (a must!). Venture out into the bazaar to browse among the beautiful textile shops that are overflowing with lovely rugs and ceramics. There’s also many cafes and restaurants around if you’re looking to pop in for a quick lamb kebab. If you’re traveling with family, take everyone to the nearby Istanbul Aquarium, the largest thematic aquarium in the world. I spent plenty of time in Old Town sightseeing (don’t forget to wear some walking shoes), admiring the beautiful architecture of the historic district. Make sure to check out the Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque and of course, the Hagia Sophia. It was a crazy sight to see the Hagia Sophia after studying about it a long time ago in school. All the walking around definitely worked up a thirst to go back to the hotel and rest. I took respite every time I walked through the lobby and grabbed some fresh fruit and some mint infused water.