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Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul
Ranked #55 of 1,141 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
San Francisco, CA
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47 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Expected more for the price”
Reviewed 26 August 2009

The CIragan Palace is a beautiful hotel, but with definite pros and cons.

- Good location for spending time with friends in Bebek, Besiktas, and Ortakoy, not a great spot for sightseeing as it is not close to Sultanahmet.
- Free wireless internet. However, the internet only worked in my room about 20% of the time.
- The infinity pool is BEAUTIFUL and the best part of the hotel.
- At 50 euro, the breakfast buffet is insanely overpriced.
- I had to switch rooms three times before I found one that didn't reek of smoke...and it still smelled pretty bad!
- The garden view rooms are small and not particularly nice.

Overall, it's a very nice hotel, but very expensive and I expected more for the money.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with friends
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doha
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2009

Romantic and amazing, highly recommend the hotel and the city. Don't miss Brunch!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled on business
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london
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2009

After 4 nights in the Old City (garden house hotel) and seeing the main sites, it was heaven to enter this palace of luxury. First class service, friendly and everything you would expect from 5 star -Yes including prices. Don't stay in a luxury palace and moan about the prices! OK breakfast is a bit steep- maybe highest ever recorded? 48euros but like us youc an walk 10 minitues into Ortakoy where you have the Uber trendy Housecafe or a multitude of Turkish cafes.

Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Lisbon, Portugal
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2009

Expensive but worth it! A bit far from the old part of the city but it´s near the Bosforus and all the nightlife! Very nice staff, confortable and beautiful hotel!

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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NYC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2009

Unsurpassed elegance and service. The infinity pool overlooking the Bosphorus is not to be missed - we went each day after touring - a real delight.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Chicago
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2009

Rooms-Well decorated, spotless, good product, generously sized
Food-Terrace restaurant for snacks was great
Buffet breakfast easily compares with Four Seasons buffet brunches
Gym/Spa-Adequate. The Manager should be retrained and/or replaced as is true of
much of the eqiptment.
Staff overall was excellent-Elena is a gem.
Pool is beautiful and spotless
Decor is great throughout all public areas.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with friends
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Dubai
2 reviews
Reviewed 5 August 2009

I stayed at the Ciragan Palace for one week in a Park View Room.
Upon arrival the receptionist greeted me and my colleague with our names and escorted us up to our rooms for an in-room check in.

The hotel itself is fantastic and the views on the Bosporus are breathtaking. Service is tuned to the finest. Ordering my wake up call I was offered complimentary coffee. The wake up call was always on time and the coffee arrived 2 minutes after.

F&B is fabulous. I especially recommend the BBQ buffet in the evening. The Breakfast buffet is enormous and fresh.

Bottom Line: Great Hotel for business and leisure!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled on business
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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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