The Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet has reemerged from a comprehensive renovation led by London-based design studio Goddard Littlefair. The refresh builds upon the property’s vast history and setting within the Old City without compromising a residential sense of comfort and a high standard of luxury. Surrounding muses—like the Hagia Sophia Mosque, the Blue Mosque, and the Marmara Sea—informed much of the revamp as well.
“Our designers researched styling, pattern, and details from antiques, fabrics, and architecture and distilled these influences through a contemporary filter to create designs that feel completely in tune with the building and setting,” says Martin Goddard, director and cofounder of Goddard Littlefair.
Seating enclaves in the hotel’s well-proportioned public spaces now spill onto a newly landscaped terrace that accommodates zones for lounging and dining. In addition to the new Avlu Restaurant located in the heart of the courtyard, the Four Seasons property offers a reimagined rooftop bar, Süreyya, and the newly added Lingo Lingo bar at the core of the property. An elevated dining and event space is also installed adjacent to Lingo Lingo, where guests can enjoy seafood mezze in a bright atmosphere.
Function areas on the ground floor have each been thoroughly upgraded, with the ballroom boasting enhanced acoustics, lighting, and new architectural focal points. Lined with softly lit marble, a luxury bijou spa serves as another new onsite tenant alongside a Turkish barber, beauty salon, and fitness center.