Ciragan Palace Kempinski

Bosphorus, Turkey

Ciragan Palace Kempinski is located on the shore of the Bosphorus, with lovely views and ample outdoor space. The Palace itself was once the residence of the city's rulers, and still houses the hotel's top suites and banqueting facilities.

At a Glance

  • Well established and historic top end hotel

  • Historic property which includes an ancient Sultan's Palace

  • Fantastic location by the Bosphorus with stunning views

  • Lovely outdoor dining areas and huge infinity pool

  • Large and well appointed spa

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A member of 'Leading Hotels of the World', Ciragan Palace Kempinski is one of the most important landmarks of Istanbul and is well known as one of the city's very best hotels. The rooms are mostly in a new building built next to the ancient palace: the majority have balconies offering stunning views of the Bosphorus.

The Palace itself was once the residence of the city's ruling Sultans during the Ottoman era. It is still possible to visit the historic hammam they built in white marble and to wonder at the enormous Murano glass chandeliers they imported at great expense from Venice. A stay at Ciragan Palace combines all the convenience and luxury of a stay in an up-to-the-minute 5 star with the privilege of staying in one of the city's most famous historic locations.


There are a number of dining options at Kempinski Ciragan Palace, the first of which is the Gazebo Lounge, where a continental buffet breakfast is served daily and an afternoon tea can also be enjoyed. The Laledan Restaurant offers a more extensive buffet breakfast as well as an all day menu of Turkish specialties and relaxed lunch food, all with the view of the gardens and the Bosphorus.

The Bosphorus Grill is located on the waterfront and serves grilled fresh fish and meat, as well as mezzes and salads. on Fridays and Saturdays live music is performed to accompany your dining experience. The Tugra Restaurant and Lounge is a fine dining restaurant with the finest of Ottoman cuisine in a romantic atmosphere.

The Turkish Spa and Wellness center, provides a wide range of ancient Turkish hammam treatments to help you unwind. There is also a 24-hour fitness center equipped with an indoor swimming pool, a sauna and a whirlpool as well as the outdoor infinity pool.

Location & Directions

Bosphorus, Turkey

The Ciragan palace is located on the shores of the Bosphorus a short drive from Besiktas and the city center. The restaurants and bars of lively Ortakoy are also within easy reach.

When to go

The best times to visit Istanbul are in spring (April to May) and autumn (September to October), when skies are clear and temperatures are moderate. During July and August it is hot and steamy; a lot of Istanbullus head for the west and south coasts over these months and some businesses close. Biting winter winds and snow are common in winter.

Be aware that during the five-day Kurban Bayrami banks shut and ATMs can run out of money. During Ramadan business hours can be erratic. Hotel rooms skyrocket in price and are often overbooked during the Formula 1 Grand Prix in June.

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