Sultanahmet Jail (Turkish: Sultanahmet Cezaevi), a former prison in Istanbul, Turkey, is now the luxury Four Seasons Hotel at Sultanahmet. It is located in Sultanahmet neighborhood of Fatih district on the historical peninsula.
Built in 1918/1919, it was the first jailhouse in the capital of the Ottoman Empire, constructed in a contemporary concept considering the regulation of the daily life and relationship with the outside of inmates, who were awaiting trial or serving brief sentences. The building was designed in Turkish neoclassical style in the beginning of the period called "First National Architecture". It was built next to the courthouse building, which was constructed in 1845 initially as university (Ottoman Turkish: Darülfünun). An inscription in Ottoman language upon the main gate of the building states the name of the facility as the "Capital City Murder Jail" (Ottoman Turkish: Dersaadet Cinayet Tevkifhanesi). It is a four-story building with guard towers enclosing a courtyard.
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BROOK CARREKER | Apr 25, 2018
This is by far, one of the most beautiful hotels I've visited during my travels. The staff is definitely the most attentive, resourceful and helpful I've ever had the pleasure of dealing with, worldwide. They are all knowledgeable about the area, the history of the country itself, and are more than willing to help you in whatever way they can. I highly recommend staying here!! If you can't stay, then I'd recommend at least having brunch or lunch here and experience the history of the building itself, and the charm of its staff!
Elixir | Mar 24, 2018
By far the best hotel I've ever visited, I got deal on it so was pretty cheap, however, even without the deal I would visit their hotel again. Everyday, the kitchen would send us personally made cake bits, cookies, and other goodies, completely complementary. The garden was also so beautiful, they had so many different planets, and other beautiful things. At the heart of it, was a really good restaurant that servers you through breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If I ever visit Istanbul again I'll 100% book a room in this glory again.
Tala Mourad | Jun 12, 2018
I love this place. It has fascinating places all around and I a beautiful place to stay in. I suggest the brunches and to walk around the beautiful area. Fun fact: did you know the place used to be a police cell and now is a beautiful hotel!
Erdem Doğan | Jul 15, 2018
If I was a tourist coming to Istanbul for the first time for a cultural visit, this would probably be my first pick for a hotel. I am a local who came here for the wedding ceremony of a friend, so I can’t comment about the rooms. However, during the reception and afterparty, we had a great time and the staff were very hospitable. The location is very central. It’s walking distance to major spots like the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar and so on. There were two terraces which had great views of the Bosphorus on one side and the Hagia Sophia on the other.
Bina Chaudry | May 5, 2018
This is the second time I have visited this hotel. The hotel is in an excellent location. Front Security, Reception, Resturant Staff are very attentive and are always smiling and very helpful. The Gym and Massage services are also very good, however what has let them down is the housekeeping
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