Located on the shores of the magnificent Bosphorus, facing the Asian continent and overlooking the ancient city, Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul offers the glamour of a genuine Ottoman palace in a city where east meets west, Europe meets Asia and history meets the contemporary. The only Ottoman imperial palace and hotel on the Bosphorus and the first Turkish member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul is unique in every sense. With its splendid style, superb location, fascinating view and resort ambiance, including a spacious green garden with palm trees, it has been an Istanbul classic since its opening in 1991.
With its 313 rooms, including 20 suites in the hotel and 11 suites in the historical palace, it reflects a harmonious blend of the old and the new, offering every modern convenience for both the leisure and the business traveller. Guests staying at the palace suites, including the Sultan Suite, one of the biggest in Europe, enjoy 24-hour private butler service and absolute privacy, including a private entrance and a lounge.
Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul offers a rich variety of restaurants as well, all offering a balcony or a terrace overlooking Bosphorus. The Gazebo Lounge is the spot “to see and to be seen” in the city, and is renowned for its wide variety of sweet and savoury pastries, home-made truffles, pralines and chocolates along with freshly brewed coffee and tea options or refreshing coffee cocktails. The Gazebo Lounge also hosts the city’s most popular afternoon tea every day, with an unbeatable view and a spacious terrace. The award-winning Tuğra Restaurant, located on the first floor of the historical palace, offers its guests “the ultimate Ottoman dining experience”, complete with timeless palatal rituals. As the main restaurant of the hotel, Laledan Restaurant is famous for having the city’s best breakfast and brunch on Sundays. Laledan serves an all-day dining menu, boasting delicious comfort food and regional specialties, which diners can enjoy from noon to midnight while overlooking a palm garden. The Bosphorus Grill is a delicious outdoor summer grill restaurant right on the shores of Bosphorus.
Le Fumoir, with its striking décor, serves premium cognacs, quality malts and a fine selection of wines and champagnes, as well as enticing cocktails and quality cigars served in handmade humidors. The summer extension of Le Fumoir, Le Fumoir Pavilion, is one of the rare venues in town offering “shisha with style” amidst the green garden.
At 06:00 and 23:00 hours operating Çırağan Palace Kempinski Spa, managed by Sanitas, the infinity pool gives a feeling of floating on the Bosphorus and is heated in winter and open all year. At the authentic Turkish bath/”Hamam”, guests can enjoy a very special, traditional Turkish massage and bath, only two of the many highlights available for ultimate relaxation.
Being a landmark, Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul is always the host to the most prestigious and extravagant events, meetings and weddings in the city. With its absolutely romantic and spacious wedding terrace, and the Çırağan Ballroom overlooking Bosphorus, it is the best wedding venue and a top choice for romantic honeymoon destinations and anniversaries worldwide. The palace’s 16 function rooms, plus the four at the hotel, provide unparalleled comfort for events of any kind, from 10 to 2000 people.
Since its opening, Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul has been the only hotel in Istanbul reachable in three ways (by limousine, yacht or helicopter) and has seen countless eminent figures come through its doors, including heads of state, royalty, artists and celebrities. Luciano Pavarotti, John F. Kennedy Jr., Robert De Niro, Donna Karan, Michael Schumacher, Silvio Berlusconi, Bernard Lacoste, Sophia Loren, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, Kofi Annan, Queen Beatrix of Holland, Oprah Winfrey, King of Spain – H. E. Juan Carlos I and the Queen, the King of Jordan – H. E. Hussein and the Queen, famous singers Bono and Sting, U2 and Madonna are only a few of the many famous guests.
With impeccable service dedicated to excellence and combined with legendary Turkish hospitality, Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul is always one of the top ranking hotels in the world whenever rankings are made. Travel + Leisure (US) “World’s Best Hotels T+L 500”, Robb Report Mexico “Top 23 Luxury Hotels of 2016”, Business Insider US “50 Incredible hotels you should sleep in during your lifetime”, Condé Nast Traveler (US) named it to its Readers’ Choice Awards as one of the “Best Hotels in Greece & Turkey” as well as Condé Nast Traveller (UK), Readers’ Travel Awards named it as one of the “Best Overseas Business Hotels”. Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul has also proudly received a Connoisseur Circle Hospitality Award (Germany) as the “Best Grand Hotel”.