Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review

14 Oct 2020

Over my years of luxury travel writing, the Singaporean brand Ascott is one that I’ve come to know and love. If you’re unfamiliar, Ascott is a brand of luxury serviced apartments that focus on extended stays and offer the services and facilities of a 5 star hotel. In the past I have covered some of their properties in Japan and the Philippines, now it was time to check out the Somerset Maslak in Istanbul, Turkey!

 

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Somerset Maslak Istanbul Serviced Apartment is located in Maslak which is a modern satellite city of Istanbul. This is a newer development which is very modern, it’s one of the main business districts of Sarıyer, located on the European side of the city. Somerset is part of a community called 1453 which has loads of shops, restaurants, cafés, and more just at your doorstep. The Somerset Maslak is basically a home away from home, with everything you need for an extended stay, and more.

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

The lobby of the Somerset Maslak is actually on the seventh floor of the property and had a lovely common area with balcony. During normal times, this is where the breakfast would also be served.

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

My Three-Bedroom Penthouse Apartment was located on the 26th floor. which is the top of the building. Initially I was expecting to receive a studio apartment, but was surprised when I was majorly upgraded, thank you Somerset Maslak! Upon opening the door, I stepped into the massive living room with joining dining area. There were very tall floor-to-ceiling windows with great views of the surrounding area and the massive balcony. The living room was equipped with loads of modern and elegant furniture, smart TV, electronic curtains, and bluetooth speaker system.

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Just down the hallway from the living room was the fully equipped kitchen. This kitchen was incredibly spacious, modern, and had everything you would need to cook up a feast. I really appreciated all of the cutlery, dishwasher, oven, microwave, full-size refrigerator, and ample counter space for preparation. During my stay, the staff would clean daily and do all of the washing in the kitchen and rest of the apartment!

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Across the hall from the kitchen is a very modern washing and drying laundry machine. I was super impressed that I could dry my gym clothes in just 10 minutes!

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Farther down the hallway was one of the three bathrooms as well as one of the three bedrooms. All bedrooms are very large in size and feature lots of storage space, large smart television, beautiful decorum, and lots of natural light with the large windows. All rooms of the apartment had balcony access which was a huge plus. It’s great to get some fresh air! They also all have bathrooms next to them or connected to them.

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

To get upstairs there is a beautiful spiral staircase. Upstairs there was second bedroom and bathroom, master bedroom, and master bathroom. The master bedroom has a large interior window to view the living room below, huge king-size bed, working desk with chair, beautiful light fixtures, and an overall elegant and beautiful ambience.

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

The master bathroom was simply glorious. Inside there was a large jacuzzi, shower stall, dual-sink vanity, and really high-quality toiletries that were refreshed daily. This was truly feeling like home, especially after staying for a week.

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Let’s talk a bit more about my balcony at the Somerset Maslak. If my memory serves me correctly, it was 150 m² and offers some of the most spectacular sunset views I’ve seen! Beautiful. There was a large table with 6 chairs as well as a lounge area with chairs and coffee table. A serious feature for this property! Don’t worry, all the rooms have varying sized balconies too!

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

I want to thank the team at Somerset Maslak for the lovely gifts during my stay!

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

On the first floor of the Somerset Maslak are the fitness center and outdoor pool. The fitness center is on the medium side with a decent amount of cardio equipment and free weights to keep most satisfied. As I was visiting during the pandemic, there were rules about how many people could enter at one time. The pool was unfortunately closed during my stay but noticed it was sizeable nonetheless.

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Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

During my stay, all my breakfasts were served in my room which was a nice feature! Each day the breakfast was very tasty delivered precisely at the time I requested. I was very impressed by the punctuality.

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

If you appreciate the finer things in life, then you will love the Somerset Maslak in Istanbul, Turkey! The property gives guests the ability to enjoy extended stays in fully equipped luxury apartments along with the same service you’d expect at any other 5 star hotel. The staff were very punctual, courteous, and polite throughout the entire stay. If you’re interested in staying for an extended period in Maslak, Istanbul look no further than the Somerset!

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Over my years of luxury travel writing, the Singaporean brand Ascott is one that I've come to know and love. If you're unfamiliar, Ascott is a brand of luxury serviced apartments that focus on extended stays and offer the services and facilities of a 5 star hotel. In the past…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 8.5
Value - 9
Feng Shui - 9.2
Convenience - 7.9
Service - 8.9

8.7

Incredible!

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Somerset Maslak Istanbul

Hotel

Maslak, Maslak 1453 Maslak Distict, Taşyoncası Sok. No:1 C15, 34398 Sarıyer/İstanbul

Phone: +90 0850 207 6162

 


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Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Extended Luxury Stay in Istanbul: Somerset Maslak Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review

12 Oct 2020

Over the years, I have tried several brands under the Hilton umbrella. It wasn’t until visiting Turkey this year that I experienced my first DoubleTree by Hilton in Topkapi, Istanbul. With the big hotel groups, I have found that between some of the tiers, there aren’t huge differences in quality or offering. Generally, the lower the tier, the more they compete on price and minor features such as style may change slightly. When it comes to 5 star hotels, they still have to offer the same amount of features as the upper tiers. Basically, you end up with a high-quality hotel for a lower price!

 

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I arrived to the DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi mid-afternoon and had a smooth check in process. I learned then that my room was on the 12th floor and I was excited to check it out! The lobby was modern, stylish, and they had security doing temperature checks. This was yet another stay during the COVID pandemic and I was curious about how the Hilton protocols would come into play.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

I arrived at my room which had a sticker on the outside notifying me that it had been disinfected, which was a nice site to see. I opened the door to find a comfortable and well designed room. It was very spacious and included several pieces of furniture including a sofa, lounge chair, office chair, and super comfortable bed. Actually the bedding was truly top-notch and insured three nights of flawless sleep! The design of the room was modern and a bit corporate, it all fit together like a glove. The view from my room was also quite impressive just wished the windows were a little cleaner on the outside for photos.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

The room came equipped with water bottles, instant coffee, tea bags, and a teakettle. The staff were also kind enough to leave a very lovely welcome amenity which included fruits, desserts, other sweets, and some savory items. Thanks DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi!

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DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

The bathroom had just what I expected. Inside the bathroom there was a large shower stall, huge single sink vanity, and all the toiletries needed. The simple design got straight to the point with the essentials and was rather stylish.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi has multiple dining outlets, the first is on the ground floor which is an all-day dining restaurant and bar. During this stay I enjoyed a lunch and dinner here. I must say that overall the food was quite enjoyable, and drinks were even better! At each table outside they had electronic bells to alert the staff. This reminded me of South Korea as this is a common feature in restaurants there. For the dinner, I got to try a tasting menu which included a lot of their dishes. My favorite item of the evening was the beef entrée. I’d also recommend an order of their fries as they were quite tasty and went well with the beef.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Breakfast at the DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel occurs on the first floor. This is where I truly felt the Hilton pandemic procedures come into play. They had a wide variety of items set up in an enclosed buffet where hotel staff would serve items. There is both both indoor and outdoor seating.
Utensils and seasonings were packaged in plastic bags. I found the breakfast to be tasty with a wide variety of items. I even got to enjoy Turkish coffee at the end, which is one of my favorite types of coffee!

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DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

For another breakfast during my stay, I enjoyed it in my room with room service. For this I ordered both the continental and the Turkish breakfasts. What a great way to spend the morning!

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DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

An area of the DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi I was truly impressed by was their Rose Spa. During my stay had the opportunity to enjoy a VIP Treatment for about three hours in their VIP Spa Suite. Inside the VIP Spa Suite were two massage tables for couples, a large hot tab, sauna, Turkish Hammam, shower stall, toilet stall, and a lounge area. The treatment started with a sauna, Turkish Hammam treatment, massage, facial, and then relaxation in the jacuzzi. This was a very complete and enjoyable treatment! Read about the entire experience in more detail in a separate article here.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi Hotel Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

On the same floor as the spa are the fitness facilities which include a large indoor pool and huge fitness center. The gym is massive and has only the most modern equipment. The pool is great for laps and also just stylish in general. It’s important to note that the gym is open to outside members so it does tend to be a bit busier than a normal hotel gym.

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Overall, my first DoubleTree experience was fantastic! I found it to be a very similar offering as other Hilton Hotels I’ve visited. I would gladly return to another DoubleTree somewhere else in the world. All in all, a very satisfactory full-service five star hotel. If you’re looking for a great place to stay and interested in staying in Topkapi, Istanbul, look no further than the DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi.

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Over the years, I have tried several brands under the Hilton umbrella. It wasn't until visiting Turkey this year that I experienced my first DoubleTree by Hilton in Topkapi, Istanbul. With the big hotel groups, I have found that between some of the tiers, there aren't huge differences in quality…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 8
Value - 8.9
Feng Shui - 9
Convenience - 8
Service - 8.5

8.5

Impressive!

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DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi

Hotel

Ortamahalle, Anıt Sokağı No:1, 34040 Bayrampaşa/İstanbul

Phone: +90 (0212) 942 27 00

 


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Glorious Turkish Luxury Spa Getaway: Rose Spa Istanbul Review

12 Oct 2020

During my stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi I found myself with a chance to enjoy a luxury spa treatment at their Rose Spa. If you want to read more about the hotel stay itself read the separate article here. I honestly had no idea what to expect for a 3-hour long that I was presented, but was excited to find out!

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Glorious Turkish Luxury Spa Getaway: Rose Spa Istanbul Review Asia Blog Istanbul Spas Turkey

Glorious Turkish Luxury Spa Getaway: Rose Spa Istanbul Review Asia Blog Istanbul Spas Turkey

Glorious Turkish Luxury Spa Getaway: Rose Spa Istanbul Review Asia Blog Istanbul Spas Turkey

I quickly learned that the treatment would take place in their VIP Spa Suites. The VIP Suite had two massage tables, sauna, hot tab, Turkish Hammam, relaxation area, shower and toilet. I was starting to understand why this treatment room was anything average.

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Glorious Turkish Luxury Spa Getaway: Rose Spa Istanbul Review Asia Blog Istanbul Spas Turkey

Glorious Turkish Luxury Spa Getaway: Rose Spa Istanbul Review Asia Blog Istanbul Spas Turkey

It’s worth noting that the entire spa also has an indoor pool and fitness center. Really a top-notch facility!

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The treatment started off with a quick 15 minutes in the sauna to get the blood flowing. Soon after I stepped into the Turkish Hammam and had a fantastic treatment. If you’re unfamiliar, a Turkish Hammam treatment includes a body scrub, bath, as well as a massage. I left the Hammam feeling refreshed and relaxed but the treatment was truly just beginning.

Now it was time for a full-blown massage session. Once on the massage table I fell into heavenly relaxation. My therapist knew what she was doing, a true professional indeed. We continued on for about an hour massage before yet another treatment. The grand finale was a facial while still on the table. The entire experience was comfortable and enjoyable. In the past I’ve found other facials to get sort of uncomfortable, but not this one at the Rose Spa!

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Upon completion of the treatment we were served fruit and drink in the relaxation area of the VIP Spa Suite.

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Having multiple treatments over such a long period was a great way to spend the afternoon! The facilities were even better than I ever would’ve imagined as well as the treatment itself! If you’re looking for a great spa spa in Istanbul, look no further than the Rose Spa at the DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi!

During my stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi I found myself with a chance to enjoy a luxury spa treatment at their Rose Spa. If you want to read more about the hotel stay itself read the separate article here. I honestly had no idea what to expect…

The Nitty Gritty

Treatment - 9
Value - 9
Feng Shui - 8
Convenience - 8
Service - 8.5

8.5

Delightful!

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Rose Spa at DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi

Spa

Ortamahalle, Anıt Sokağı No:1, 34040 Bayrampaşa/İstanbul

Phone: +90 (0212) 942 27 00

 


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Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review

06 Oct 2020

For the last month and a half I’ve been exploring Istanbul, my new home. Most of my conquests have been focused around food and drink. This has led me to Feriye, a beautifully modern and elegant fine-dining restaurant located directly on the Bosphorus Strait. Actually, the restaurant is located right next to Feriye Palace which is an Ottoman Palace that is over 100 years old. In every direction from the restaurant there are stunning views during all times of day.

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Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Feriye’s dining room is simply stunning and it was great that the roof could retract. I love the circular lights that dotted the ceiling which gave a feeling of elegance. Upon arrival, we were quickly attended to by the very courteous staff. Thankfully, this courteous service continued throughout the evening. To get the meal started we ordered two cocktails. The Espresso Martini was absolutely incredible!

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Next was a large variety of Turkish meze. Honestly there were so many that I could have just ate them alone for the dinner. Each dish was fairly unique, offering a good chance to sample several flavors. My favorite out of all of them as a was the octopus with green salad. Most were tasty, but mostly flavors that I’ve experienced before.

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Next was a second round of cocktails which included a Spicy Passion and a Mixed Berry. Soon after the cocktails came the appetizers which included shrimp, calamari, octopus with puréed beans, salad, as well as fried liver. For these, the shrimp were my favorite with their tart sauce. Another item I truly enjoyed was the octopus which was super tender! The Turkish really know how to cook Octopus, I’m impressed.

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey
Then it was time for yet another round of cocktails and the main courses. For drink I had an old fashioned and for the entrées I had the sea bass, seafood rice, and beef ribs. These were all splendid but I must say that the seafood rice took the gold medal! It was just so rich in flavor and packed with tasty seafood. The beef ribs were also super tender and reminded me of home cooking.

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

To finish off the meal, we went with a glass of lemoncello and four different desserts. The traditional Turkish dessert known as Güllaç was my favorite of the four!

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Overall, I enjoyed my evening at the Feriye Restaurant. Feriye does very well when it comes to ambiance, service, location, and properly cooking the dishes. By properly cooking I mean that everything we a was cooked to perfection and super tender. To be honest everything I ate was rather enjoyable but some items could have had a bit more of a punch. That being said, all in all, Feriye Restaurant has a lot to offer and I can easily recommend a meal there!

For the last month and a half I've been exploring Istanbul, my new home. Most of my conquests have been focused around food and drink. This has led me to Feriye, a beautifully modern and elegant fine-dining restaurant located directly on the Bosphorus Strait. Actually, the restaurant is located right…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 7.3
Value - 8
Feng Shui - 9.7
Convenience - 9
Service - 8.4

8.5

Beautiful!

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Feriye

Restaurant

Yıldız, Çırağan Cd. No:44 D:No:44, 34347 Beşiktaş/İstanbul

Phone: +90 (0212) 227 22 16

 


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Chic Dining Along the Bosphorus: Feriye Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review

01 Oct 2020

I was incredibly excited to finally return to the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul At The Bosphorus after five years since my last visit. During my first visit in 2015 I enjoyed their Turkish Hammam spa treatment which you can read about in this article. I had a warm place in my heart for the property and was ready to have the full experience. I booked a staycation for four days and strapped in for a luxurious adventure!

 

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Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul At The Bosphorus is definitely a landmark property in the city. It’s a place that everyone knows and where everyone gathers to enjoy all types of events. Even though I visited during a global pandemic, the hotel was still buzzing and operating at full capacity. That being said, the team have clearly taken all of the necessary precautions to keep everyone safe and happy.

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Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

For my four night staycation, I secured a One-Bedroom Bosphorus Palace Suite on the second floor of the Four Seasons Istanbul. The suite was truly stunning with its gorgeous design, impressive high ceilings, and Bosphorus Strait view which separates the European and Asian sides of Istanbul. The maritime colors used I assume were inspired by this very body of water.

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Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

The large living room included a sofa, lounge chairs, chandelier, dining table and chairs, working desk, coffee and tea station with capsule coffee maker, fresh flowers, and the easily the largest television I’ve ever had in a hotel room!

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Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Stepping into the bedroom was equally impressive with its king-size bed, day bed, chandelier, and another massive television. The room was very modern and included USB charging ports, dimming switches, as well as electric curtains. In the end, I’m always a fan of Four Seasons bedding!

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A nice touch was the box of products used to ward off the coronavirus, thanks Four Seasons!

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

This luxurious palace suite actually has two bathrooms, one half-bathroom at the entryway, and the master bathroom. Inside the master bathroom there was a large shower stall, bathtub, dual-sink vanity, and a toilet stall. The toiletries were by Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris. The marble made the space feel luxurious and clean.

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul At The Bosphorus was kind enough to leave a very lovely welcome amenity which included fruit and lots of sweets such as baklava, macarons, and chocolates. Not only did they surprise me with this the first day, throughout the stay, it was refreshed by the very lovely staff.

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

It’s also worth mentioning that the slippers were of very high quality and I may have taken them to continue using them in my apartment!

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

The breakfast occurred along the waterfront, in the hotel’s Aqua Restaurant. The selection of food during breakfast was grand and focused majorly on local Turkish cuisine with a few international options. There was both a full buffet and a la carte menu. If it’s your first time to Turkey, I’d highly recommend the Turkish breakfast! The service during breakfast was very memorable as the staff were always on point. Even though the breakfast was quite busy, we were well taken care of. It was truly a pleasure!

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul At The Bosphorus has fantastic fitness and relaxation facilities. The hotel features both an indoor and outdoor pool, a large spa where you can try a Turkish Hammam, a modern gym with quality equipment, hot tubs, steam rooms, and saunas. Both pools were great but the one indoor really blew my mind! It felt like it belonged inside of a palace. Very luxurious!

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

 

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

I had the pleasure of having dinner at two of the hotel’s food and beverage outlets. The first was their Aqua Restaurant which has a variety of dishes but focuses primarily on sushi and seafood. There they have a very extensive drink menu as well, I truly loved The Botanist cocktail and the Istanbul Negroni. The night was truly a delight and I wouldn’t hesitate to return. You can read more about my dinner at Aqua in a separate article here.

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

The second dinner that I enjoyed at Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul At The Bosphorus was at their Ocakbaşı Restaurant. This is their traditional Turkish grill restaurant. What really impressed me at Ocakbaşı was their extensive Turkish meze, which are the variety of small plates served first. I honestly could have just eaten these and been completely satisfied! Read more about the rest of my experience at Ocakbaşı in a separate article here.

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My stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul At The Bosphorus was simply magnificent! This is truly a five-star luxury property in all regards and quite possibly the best hotel in Istanbul. I can safely say that even during a pandemic, the Four Seasons Istanbul is prepared for everything. The service is truly of the utmost quality and matched with a truly impressive overall product. I wouldn’t hesitate to return again, actually I would love it! If you’re looking for one of the best hotels in Istanbul (probably the best), look no further than Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul At The Bosphorus!

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I was incredibly excited to finally return to the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul At The Bosphorus after five years since my last visit. During my first visit in 2015 I enjoyed their Turkish Hammam spa treatment which you can read about in this article. I had a warm place in…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 8.8
Value - 9.3
Feng Shui - 9.3
Convenience - 9.5
Service - 9.4

9.3

Pure luxury!

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Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul At The Bosphorus

Hotel

No:28, Çırağan Cd., 34349 Beşiktaş/İstanbul

Phone: +90 (0212) 381 40 00

 


Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Best Luxury Hotel in Istanbul? Four Seasons At The Bosphorus Review Asia Blog Hotels Istanbul Turkey

Turkish BBQ on the Bosphorus: Ocakbaşı Restaurant Review

01 Oct 2020

The Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul At The Bosphorus has several food and beverage outlets to consider and during my most recent stay (which you can read about here) I had a chance to enjoy two of them. The first I tried was Aqua, which you can read about here and second was their traditional Turkish kebab restaurant called Ocakbaşı. Ocakbaşı Restaurant is located directly on the Bosphorus Strait which offers beautiful panoramic views. Throughout the evening we were taken care of by the wonderful Eyüphan who truly provided top-notch service!

Turkish BBQ on the Bosphorus: Ocakbaşı Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Turkish BBQ on the Bosphorus: Ocakbaşı Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Turkish BBQ on the Bosphorus: Ocakbaşı Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Turkish BBQ on the Bosphorus: Ocakbaşı Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Turkish BBQ on the Bosphorus: Ocakbaşı Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

The dinner feast started off with a bit of Turkish Raki which is an anise flavored liquor that is simply delicious. It is clear and when mixed with water turns a pleasant milky white. To accompany this lovely drink we were brought a cheese plate, pickles, and fresh bread. What more could one ask for? Off to a great start!

Turkish BBQ on the Bosphorus: Ocakbaşı Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Turkish BBQ on the Bosphorus: Ocakbaşı Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Turkish BBQ on the Bosphorus: Ocakbaşı Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Turkish BBQ on the Bosphorus: Ocakbaşı Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Turkish BBQ on the Bosphorus: Ocakbaşı Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Turkish BBQ on the Bosphorus: Ocakbaşı Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Turkish BBQ on the Bosphorus: Ocakbaşı Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Turkish BBQ on the Bosphorus: Ocakbaşı Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Turkish BBQ on the Bosphorus: Ocakbaşı Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Up next was the Turkish Meze, which are small side dishes with a variety of flavors. For me, these were the clear winner of the entire evening! The spicy yogurt, known as Atom, was simply magnificent! Some of the others included eggplant, hummus, octopus, turnip salad, and stuffed artichoke hearts. All were really lovely and paired perfectly with Raki. I think I could eat this every day!

Turkish BBQ on the Bosphorus: Ocakbaşı Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Turkish BBQ on the Bosphorus: Ocakbaşı Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Turkish BBQ on the Bosphorus: Ocakbaşı Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Now it was time for the main event, Turkish BBQ. I asked our friendly server Eyüphan to put together his favorite meat dishes and he included Adana, lamb, and chicken. I paired them with a glass of Turkish red wine. For me, I needed a bit more kick so asked for extra spicy yogurt to eat them with.

Turkish BBQ on the Bosphorus: Ocakbaşı Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Turkish BBQ on the Bosphorus: Ocakbaşı Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Turkish BBQ on the Bosphorus: Ocakbaşı Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

To finish off the evening, we sampled three desserts which included Künefe, baklava, and rice pudding.

Turkish BBQ on the Bosphorus: Ocakbaşı Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Overall, the meal at Ocakbaşı Restaurant was enjoyable. My favorite parts were the service, view, and meze! If you’re looking for a lovely waterfront restaurant in Istanbul then try Ocakbaşı Restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul At The Bosphorus.

The Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul At The Bosphorus has several food and beverage outlets to consider and during my most recent stay (which you can read about here) I had a chance to enjoy two of them. The first I tried was Aqua, which you can read about here and…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 7.2
Value - 8
Feng Shui - 9.2
Convenience - 9.4
Service - 9

8.6

Solid.

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Ocakbaşı Restaurant

Restaurant

ÇIRAĞAN CAD. NO. 28, 34349 ISTANBUL, BEŞIKTAŞ, TURKEY

Phone: +90 552 381 1111

 


Turkish BBQ on the Bosphorus: Ocakbaşı Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Turkish BBQ on the Bosphorus: Ocakbaşı Restaurant Review Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Dinner on The Bosphorus: Aqua Restaurant Istanbul

01 Oct 2020

While staying at the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul At The Bosphorus I had a chance to have an extensive dinner at their Aqua Restaurant. Aqua is the property’s main restaurant and is also where breakfast takes place. The interior of the restaurant was undergoing a renovation that would finish in October, so we sat on the terrace, but probably would have either way. The hotel and restaurant sits directly on the Bosphorus Strait and at any time of day offers a picture perfect setting. Be sure to read my separate in-depth article on the hotel here.

Dinner on The Bosphorus: Aqua Restaurant Istanbul Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Dinner on The Bosphorus: Aqua Restaurant Istanbul Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Dinner on The Bosphorus: Aqua Restaurant Istanbul Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Dinner on The Bosphorus: Aqua Restaurant Istanbul Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

My dinner was at sunset which was especially colorful. The views in all directions were glorious!

Dinner on The Bosphorus: Aqua Restaurant Istanbul Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Dinner on The Bosphorus: Aqua Restaurant Istanbul Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

To get the meal started, we went with a few cocktails that jumped out at us including the Botanist and the Bling Bling. My personal favorite was the Botanist which was bursting with flavor and included peppercorns and cucumber which were an interesting combination.

Dinner on The Bosphorus: Aqua Restaurant Istanbul Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Dinner on The Bosphorus: Aqua Restaurant Istanbul Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Dinner on The Bosphorus: Aqua Restaurant Istanbul Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Dinner on The Bosphorus: Aqua Restaurant Istanbul Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Dinner on The Bosphorus: Aqua Restaurant Istanbul Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Dinner on The Bosphorus: Aqua Restaurant Istanbul Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Dinner on The Bosphorus: Aqua Restaurant Istanbul Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

To start with food I ordered the seafood soup, meze platter, and arugula and artichoke salad. This was a perfect way to begin a glorious food adventure. Nearly every bite from the three dishes was fantastic! I loved jumping in between dishes to sample all of the flavors.

Dinner on The Bosphorus: Aqua Restaurant Istanbul Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Dinner on The Bosphorus: Aqua Restaurant Istanbul Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Up next was another round of cocktails and I was sure to try their Istanbul Negroni because I am a huge Negroni lover. This was flavored slightly differently than a traditional Negroni, something I would definitely have again!

Dinner on The Bosphorus: Aqua Restaurant Istanbul Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Dinner on The Bosphorus: Aqua Restaurant Istanbul Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Dinner on The Bosphorus: Aqua Restaurant Istanbul Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Soon after the cocktails came the octopus, grouper, and seafood tajine. The octopus was the most tender I’ve ever had in my life, and I have had literally hundreds! I would highly recommend you to try it yourself.

Dinner on The Bosphorus: Aqua Restaurant Istanbul Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Dinner on The Bosphorus: Aqua Restaurant Istanbul Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

We finished off the evening with two desserts which included an apple tart and mixed berry dessert. These had beautiful presentation and both lovely with tea.

Dinner on The Bosphorus: Aqua Restaurant Istanbul Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Dinner on The Bosphorus: Aqua Restaurant Istanbul Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Throughout the evening the service was exceptionally good at Aqua. The food overall was quite tasty as well as the cocktails. These features, matched with the lovely setting, were hard to beat. Long story short, I definitely enjoyed my evening at the Aqua Restaurant inside of the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul At The Bosphorus.

While staying at the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul At The Bosphorus I had a chance to have an extensive dinner at their Aqua Restaurant. Aqua is the property's main restaurant and is also where breakfast takes place. The interior of the restaurant was undergoing a renovation that would finish in…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 7.9
Value - 8.6
Feng Shui - 9.2
Convenience - 9.4
Service - 9.4

8.9

Lovely!

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Aqua Restaurant

Restaurant

ÇIRAĞAN CAD. NO. 28, 34349 ISTANBUL, BEŞIKTAŞ, TURKEY

Phone: +90 552 381 1111

 


Dinner on The Bosphorus: Aqua Restaurant Istanbul Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Dinner on The Bosphorus: Aqua Restaurant Istanbul Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Dinner on The Bosphorus: Aqua Restaurant Istanbul Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey

Dinner on The Bosphorus: Aqua Restaurant Istanbul Asia Blog Food Istanbul Turkey