On one of my sightseeing days in Istanbul back in May of 2010, I decided to have afternoon tea at the Four Seasons at Sultanahmet. Although the hotel is located in a former prison, it is a remarkable transformation. The entrance to the hotel has the most spectacular floral arrangements to welcome guests. The public rooms are elegant, and I particularly loved the central courtyard, where tables are available for dining al fresco. There is a fine gift shop with carefully selected Turkish wares, including their gorgeous pottery.
I decided to eat outside in the courtyard and had the most delicious afternoon tea, with several savories, including a smoked salmon open sandwich, scones with strawberry preserves and fresh whipped cream, and four mini-cakes garnished with hazelnuts or slices of strawberry. There was a choice of teas, and mine came in a fair-size teapot, served English-style, along with an extra jug of boiling water, and a choice of lemon or milk.
A wonderful way to relax for a couple of hours in the old city without the bustling crowds!
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- Four Seasons Istanbul
- Istanbul Four Seasons
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