One of the most beautifully located hotels in the world, located right at the Bosporus. When you chill out in your pool chair it looks as if the pool and the Bosporus are one.
The hotel rooms are spacious but make sure to get one with a Bosporus view - the street side rooms have no view at all.
Fro check-in you don't have to stand at the counter but a friendly lady will take you to a nice sitting area and do all the work for you.
The hotel is actually not located inside the palace but is a modern concrete building connected to it. It has various restaurants and we tried them all. We had a barbecue dinner with a great buffet right next to the pool bar under starry skies; dinner at the Gazebo (both indoor and outdoor seating; very good food quality ) and at their top-of-the line Tugra restaurant located in the gorgeous palace itself. We had a table on the veranda (Bosporus view) and the icing on the cake was a wedding party right below us with the fireworks right in front of us (all inclusive, no mark-up), not to mention the ballet dancers and the Dean Martin imitation.
The gym was not as comprehensively equipped as could be expected from a hotel of this class. There is a Spa next to it that seems to be staffed mostly by Thai masseuses. My wife went and had great praise for their skills.
One special tip: the palace is very popular as a wedding site so look out for the pertinent preparations. You might get a great photo-op for free! (in one wedding, the bride arrive in a gilded barge... Almost like the Lohengrin opera... The groom chose a more contemporary form of arrival - by helicopter
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cıragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul offers the ultimate in luxury and glamour of a genuine Ottoman Palace with its 313 rooms including 22 suites in the hotel and 11 suites in the historical Palace. This 5-star luxury Imperial Palace hotel is located on the shores of the magnificent Bosphorus overlooking the ancient city of Istanbul, provides a one-of-a-kind experience with its historical ambiance and excellent Kempinski service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul Hotel Istanbul
- Ciragan Palace Kempinski Hotel Istanbul
- Istanbul Ciragan Palace Kempinski
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