We came for a wedding at the Ciragan Palace, and had an amazing 3 nights. The grounds are gorgeous, the rooms are comfortable and classy, and lack nothing except irons and ironing boards (my pet peeve is when hotels, especially in this price range, do not have in-room irons. They did provide it when asked, however). We were shown to, and around, the room by Esra, who was lovely and helpful. We used a lot of the facilities and services on offer, including laundry, shoe cleaning, in-room dining etc., all which were top-notch. The only thing was the service in the restaurant/grill - it was at times painfully slow. It really cannot take that long to pour a glass of wine. Luckily, they made up for it with excellent food.
Ciragan is definitely expensive, and so is food and beverage in the hotel - we skipped the EUR 50/pp breakfast and walked the 10 min down to the area around Ortakoy mosque, where there were some great breakfast-places.
Another tip: for getting around Istanbul, where the traffic is horrendous on a good day ,use water taxis! The hotel booked it for us, it picked us up on the pier at the hotel and charged us a mere TL 113 (for max 10 people) to cross over to where the Blue Mosque, Hagiya Sofia etc. is. Saved us a lot of time, and was a great way to travel.More
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking