Literally next door to the Ayasofya (one of Istanbul’s most famous landmarks) and within walking distance of the Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace, the Four Seasons at Sultanahmet is the perfect place for those looking for a sightseeing-filled city break. The adventure starts as you enter the prison gates. Yes, prison gates. Ironically, what is now one of the world’s top luxury hotels used to be a prison. Tell-tale signs are the neo-classical pointed windows and the overhanging stone eaves, all built around a central courtyard, no doubt the exercise yard of the unlucky guests of the past. Now, of course, the hospitality is first class and is the envy of everyone unlucky enough to remain outside.
Many of the main historical tourist attractions can be found in Sultanahmet. Ayasofya, the Blue Mosque, the Basilica Cistern, the Grand Bazaar and Çemberlitaş Hamami are all within walking distance of each other.