Exotic grandeur by the Bosphorus
The Ciragon Palace occupies a spot where the ghosts of numerous palaces hover, hosting Ottoman sultans and foreign dignitaries for several centuries. The current incarnation was rebuilt in 1910 and was transformed into a stunning hotel in 1991. A new renovation has just been completed, adding a new building that retains the 19th-century flavor of the palace as well as updating all accommodations to the luxurious comforts and technological amenities demanded by today’s upscale traveler.
Although the hotel’s location in the center of Istanbul, there is still a relaxing resort atmosphere. Wandering in the extensive lush gardens and then a dip in the one of several swimming pools will please the tired sightseer. Then, a treatment in the spa ranging from wraps to massage to the pleaures of the traditional hamman will revify the traveler. Dining choices are elegant and suitable for a sultan–a beautiful Ottoman-style dining room with a magnificent terrace overlooking the Bosphorus. The Gazebo Lounge offers a special Turkish High Tea with local sweets like baklava and baked layered pastry with chees. Also available is International High Tea with scones, canapes and champagne, again with the spectacular views of the Bosphorus. And of course, the hotel bar is a center of conviviality.
Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul
Location: Ciragan Caddesi 32, Besiktas, Istanbul, Turkey; 25 kilometres to the airport.
Luxury style: Istanbul is an enticing exotic place, full of unexpected beauty and culture born of its over thousand-year history. For those who the ghosts of a place exert a siren call, the Ciragan Palace Kempinksi Istanbul will delight. The explorer’s significant other with no interest in these qualities will also stay happy with a resort atmosphere and pampering of sultanic proportions.
What we’ve heard: Although there is a new wing and the older building, the continuity and pleasures of this palace are available in both places, unlike some other historic properties with new additions.