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My hOtel: Four Seasons Istanbul at Sultanahmet, Turkey

Pre-Arrival
– Was there any pre-arrival communication by the hotel with myself via email or social media?
My stay was organised months in advance, via email (very organised, I know!) and prior to me arriving, the hotel did send out some tweets indeed. I was arriving very late (you can read about my trip here) and I wanted to make sure I was able to eat something on arrival.
– Did I try to engage the hotel via Twitter? Did the hotel interact with me and made me feel welcome/special?
They did indeed.
– Has the

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My stay was organised months in advance, via email (very organised, I know!) and prior to me arriving, the hotel did send out some tweets indeed. I was arriving very late (you can read about my trip here) and I wanted to make sure I was able to eat something on arrival.

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– Did I try to engage the hotel via Twitter? Did the hotel interact with me and made me feel welcome/special?

They did indeed.

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– Has the hotel tried to gather any personal information (e.g. preferences) prior to my stay?

– Has the hotel tried to gather any personal information (e.g. preferences) prior to my stay?

At this stage, it is fair to say that the Four Seasons know me quite well – I never ask for anything special and if at a Four Seasons, I know everything I need will be there.ArrivalI have really never visited a prison, but this one felt very homely. Photo by Four Seasons.

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– The wow factor! What was the hotel decor style?

We arrived past midnight and assume we were the last guests to check-in, so the doorman actually knew our names, which made for a very nice welcome. Our check-in form had been pre-filled in, so we were to complete check-in in our room – something that happens more and more and I find such a nice touch. Obviously at this time of the day (or night!), there were no queues and we really appreciated the gesture.

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– How quick and efficient was the hotel check-in?

Well, extremely efficient as stated before. We just signed everything and provided our credit card details.

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– Was I addressed by name once reservation has been located? (it is all about the small details, some others ar...

Oh yes, right when we stepped out of our airport car.

I wasn’t sure which room I got, and was delighted to be given a one bedroom suite.

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– Did I feel genuinely welcomed by the hotel staff?

In all honesty, the staff were exceptional – and that is what made this stay so unique.

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– Luggage – how many people did I have to tip before the luggage made it safely to my room? This is cultu...

We actually never saw our luggage, which was taken straight to our room.

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– Wi-fi – was I told anything about it? Was there a charge?

All Four Seasons hotels now provide free wifi (at regular speed), and also offer a paid faster offer.

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Room Experience

Room Experience

– First impressions – décor, size and wow factor

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– The bed

– The bed

The bed was indeed wonderful and incredibly comfortable, as expected.

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– Closet/Wardrobe – proper hangers or those annoying ones where you need a PhD to get them out one by one...

No problems here!

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– Iphone Charger/Dock

There was a Bose docking station for iPhone 4 which we did not use.

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– Bathrobes and slippers

– Bathrobes and slippers

I always say I never use the bathrobes or slippers unless it is more of a spa hotel, but I had to. I had to. Why? Because the hotel provided me with kids slippers and adult small ones, and I thought it was the sweetest thing. For the record, I have small feet (size 36 EU, 3.5 UK, 6 USA) and hotel slippers are always huge. So I have to report I was heartbroken when the kiddie ones were a tad too small – but the others were OK. The hotel also provided 2 different types of robes, and I adored the printed ones. I did wear them around, and if they were a tad smaller, I would have purchased one.It is all about the details… and do you recognise who is on that photo frame?– Coffee and Tea

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– Power sockets in useful places – we have more and more devices and we know where we want them! By the b...

– Power sockets in useful places – we have more and more devices and we know where we want them! By the b...

We had a bit of an issue, but found sockets near the desk, where we charged all our devices.BathroomTotally my kind of bathroom– First impressions – décor, size and wow factor

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– Bath, shower and taps – I am looking for Duravits and Hansgrohes (or other fab brands) around the world...

We had a bath tub (which we did not use) and a fabulous shower room, which a very good shower head. I did have to ask Mr. O for instructions, but we now have a system where he goes first and then figures it out.– Towels – yes, please! How many and how soft and lovely?

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– Hairdryer – is it a human one, or just something stuck to a wall that only makes noise?

I did not use it on this occasion, but located the hairdryer which looked proper.Breakfast

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– Did the hotel interact with me via Twitter during my stay?

A little bit, yes.– Location

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– Would I recommend it to my best friend?

Without a doubt.

Any. Time. Any. Time.Have you visited this hotel? What were your thoughts?xoMrs. ODisclaimer: I was a guest of Four Seasons Istanbul at Sultanahmet during this stay, but hopefully you will see that this has not influenced my thoughts about the property.