This is a beautiful hotel and property. I was a little concerned about the location because it's slightly removed from the center of Istanbul. Also concerned because some of the pictures on the website made it look dark with a faded elegance. But we decided to try it based on friends recommendation. We are so glad we did! It was lovely! The property is wonderful, the room very comfortable, the restaurants were great. Good service, good food. Of course, the piece d' resistance is the pool right on the Bosphorus . That was heavenly, & the Bosphorus with all it's activity is always entertaining. It's not like any river we have in the US. We could have sat in front of it for our whole visit.
Initially, I was disappointed with our room because I called specifically to ask that we not look at a parking lot. I was assured it was a park view, & of course there was the parking lot! But after 2 mins it really didn't matter. The sleep quality was so good we slept 12 hours the first night! Another reviewer said to be careful in the bathtub because it is slippery, I agree with that but just hold on to the bar provided!
We dined in the Turga which was lovely. The service impeccable. We also dined in the Bosphorus Grill. We LOVED that! Great food, good service again and fun sitting outside next to the Bosphorus . We also had wonderful breakfasts at the Landlan (sp?). The staff there was very, very good to us.
Frankly, we loved the Ciragan Palace so much we gave up a day of sightseeing to enjoy the property and all it had yo offer. We will recommend to our friends.
- 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
- Kempinski Istanbul