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“The Cigar Bar - Le Fumoir (inside hotel)”

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Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul
Ranked #55 of 1,134 Hotels in Istanbul
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gulfport, fl
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“The Cigar Bar - Le Fumoir (inside hotel)”
Reviewed 29 June 2012

This review is specifically for Le Fumoir - which is the bar (or cigar bar) inside (and in back of) the Ciragan Palace hotel in Istanbul.

Pluses:

- Incredible setting
- Beautiful surroundings, lighting, the huge palace next door
- A palace on one side, a river on the other, lights across the way, a lit up bridge on the other side.

This place is the nicest setting in which I've smoked a cigar, other than hanging out poolside with my father. It is beautiful, with elegant an interesting people around. The staff is top notch.

Minuses:

- A single Montecristo #2 is US $60. That's 3 times the local retail price. A shot of Johnnie Walker Blue is also $60. That's the highest I've seen anywhere.

So if you can drop the money, it's a great place to go. I don't know if there's a tobacco charge if you bring your own, but if you have cigars, bring 'em.

Despite the $$$$ I highly recommend the place if you are looking for a cigar bar.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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, General Manager at Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, responded to this review, 6 July 2012
Dear Ciragan Guest,
Thank you for sharing your feedback on TripAdvisor.
We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the Pavilion, Le Fumoir’s brand new summer extension.
We hope we will have the pleasure of welcoming you again soon.
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 27 June 2012

Well run luxury hotel. Great food and charming established/historic feel.

Concierge helpful and always easy to get a cab to get around Istanbul.

Ciragan Palace just next door is also stunning.

My room was cheaper and did not have a view, but it was fine for me. Bed was very comfortable - no trouble sleeping despite jet lag.

Well appointed room, with towels frequently changed and a different Turkish snack left in the room each afternoon.

Room Tip: better to get a view, but given price difference, I was happy on the back of the hotel
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
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, General Manager at Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, responded to this review, 6 July 2012
Dear Ciragan Guest,
Thank you for sharing your feedback on TripAdvisor.
I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your last stay with us.
We thank you for your comments, and hope to welcome you again soon.
Yours sincerely,
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed 24 June 2012

This hotel caters to your every desire. The morning buffet boasts every breakfast item hot & cold that is served around the world. The spa is incredible! I can't even begin to describe the mattresses on the beds -- best night(s) of sleep I had in 20 years! The hotel offers high tea in the afternoon if you fancy this. The pool area is breathtaking -- it looks as though it feeds straight in to the Bosphorus River!

Room Tip: I really don't believe there could be a bad room in the place!
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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, General Manager at Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, responded to this review, 6 July 2012
Thank you for posting your comment on TripAdvisor.
I am glad to hear that our services and facilities met your expectations during your last stay with us.
Looking forward to welcoming you on many occasions in the near future.
Sincerely,
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Highland Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 24 June 2012

a wonderful experience at the Ciragan began at the airport. On arrival we found the Customs Hall overflowing with long lines for visa and passport control. We by oassed all the lines with pre arranged protocol service which was worth every Euro.. The protocol service was as efficient as described and it was a breeze through to collect our baggage. Hotel check in was also very efficient and testimony to the hotels' great teamwork. Our rooms offered all the amenities and views described when we made the reservation. The Studio Suite, with a view of the Bosphorous was ample in size with a small dining table for 4, comfortable sofa and chair, writing desk with several plugs including internet, generous walk in closet, luxe bathroom and small balcony with 2 chairs. We also had an adjoining room which was equally well appointed with desk and plugs, comfortable reading chair and large bathroom. We found the hotel staff truly worked as a great team. Everyone was very polite and professional. We dined in the hotel several times. Breakfast at Laledan was very good and although the selection was wonderful it did not vary much from day to day. Lunch at the Gazebo offered really good options for lunch, snacks and afternoon tea. Dinner at the Bosphrous Grill was a delicious array of cooked to order grilled meats and fish in a tranquil waterside setting. An evening meal at the Sultan's Palace at Tugra was an outstanding presentation of dishes in an opulent setting of the Ciragan Palace. The hotel arranged tours with a private local guide. She was a professional with an easy going demeanor who took time to explain the highlights of Turkish history in simple terms for our family to understand.A great pool area, a wonderful private sunset cruise on the hotel's boat and outstanding service team all added up to a perfect stay! The only word of caution is that the prices are in various currencies - some in Turksih Lira and some in Euros. This can be confusing.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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, General Manager at Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, responded to this review, 6 July 2012
Dear Ciragan Guest,
Thank you for sharing your comment on TripAdvisor.
I was very happy to read your review, and are glad that we could contribute to making your trip to Istanbul a memorable experience.
Thank you once again for your thoughtful feedback on behalf of the whole team and we hope to welcome you again soon.
Sincerely,
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 21 June 2012

We stayed at the Ciragon Palace in May 2012 - it was exceptional. The staff is accommodating with careful attention paid to their guests. Our room faced the Bosphorus but did not have a small balcony with table and chairs as did most of the other rooms. We did discover that our room was larger than those with balconys. The bed and linens were very comfortable. The furniture was traditional fitting the overall more formal decor. The bathroom featured marbithacaith shower/bath combo - good water pressure. We tried all of the restaurants and liked Laledan for the fish and the Bosphorus Grill for breakfast and a lighter dinner. Tugra is over rated - I would skip it and go out for a Turkish meal. As others have noted the hotel is not near the major sites but cab rides are simple. Avoid rush hour traffic or have a tour pick you up at the hotel. The gym is small and not up to par with most other 5 star hotels but the pool is great.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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, General Manager at Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, responded to this review, 6 July 2012
Dear Ciragan Guest,
Thank you for posting your comment on TripAdvisor.
We were happy to read your review, and are glad you enjoyed your stay with us back in May.
We do look forward to you welcoming you back here in Ciragan Palace Kempinski , the only Ottoman Imperial Palace and Hotel on the Bosphorus.
Yours sincerely,
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Reviewed 17 June 2012

Stayed 4 nights at the Ciragan Palace with family. We had requested a pick-up from the airport by the hotel so when we arrived, we were taken directly to our rooms avoiding any hassle of checking-in. The food was very nice with the restaurants overlooking the Bosphorous. Most of the sites are easily accessible by taxi (20-30 mins drive). There are also some very decent restaurants at a walking distance if anyone wants to eat outside. Generally the service was first class and the staff was very efficient. The concierge was also extremely helpful with some very nice recommendations. Overall, the stay was fabulous and I would highly recommend the hotel to any traveller to Istanbul.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Dear Ciragan Guest,
Thank you for posting your feedback on TripAdvisor.
I was very happy to read your review and glad to hear that you enjoyed our restaurants, services of of the Concierge team and our convenient location.
We appreciate your comments, and look forward to welcoming you and your family again on many occasions.
Yours sincerely,
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Newry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 June 2012

Our third stay at the Ciragan Palace after a gap of two years and we were not disappointed in any way by our choice for an eight night stay, combining business and pleasure. Though the hotel was fully booked on arrival, service throughout our stay was absolutely first class, from the friendly door men and reception staff, through to the efficient room and maid service, and attentive spa and restaurant personnel. Highest standards are the norm throughout this hotel and combined with its' superb location, we would recommend it without hesitation.

Room Tip: Even if you are a regular visitor to Istanbul the Bosphorus view rooms are well worth the extra cost...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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CPKI, General Manager at Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, responded to this review, 16 June 2012
Dear Ciragan Guest,
Thank you for posting your comment on TripAdvisor.
We were very happy to read your review, and are glad that our services and facilities then again could exceed your expectations during your third stay with us.
Please allow me to thank for your thoughtful feedback on behalf of the whole team. Personalized service is of great importance to Kempinski, and we continuously strive for the best and invest into training to ensure every guest feels special.
We hope we will have the pleasure of welcoming you again soon.
Yours sincerely,
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Property: Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul
Address: Ciragan Caddesi 32 | Besiktas, Istanbul 34349, Turkey
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Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Besiktas
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Business Hotel in Istanbul
#29 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#39 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#43 Family Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul 5*
Number of rooms: 313
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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