Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet is one of the two palatial Four Seasons properties in Istanbul. It sits in the ancient heart of the city, in a historic building from the Ottoman era. From the moment you arrive, the yellow facade sets the tone for the Turkish neoclassical architecture inside. Arched windows, heavily overhanging eaves, decorative tile panels and a courtyard that’s very much the focal point of the hotel. It’s a beautifully landscaped garden area centered on a polygonal pavilion where breakfast is served every morning to the scent of jasmine, bougainville and a herb garden. There are just 65 rooms here, outfitted with kilims, neoclassical furniture and woven Turkish textiles for a stay that immerses in the local culture and values. On the culinary front, the hotel features 4 excellent dining outlets: Avlu Restaurant sits in the hotel’s courtyard, Lingo Lingo Bar & Restaurant served seafood mezze in a contemporary space, La Pistache is an haute couture patisserie and the Süreyya Teras Lounge serves artisanal cocktails and Turkish wines to mesmerizing views of the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque.