Ciragan Palace Kempinski
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
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
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.
To start planning your holiday to Ciragan Palace Kempinski
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.
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 specialities 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 centre, provides a wide range of ancient Turkish hammam treatments to help you unwind. There is also a 24-hour fitness centre equipped with an indoor swimming pool, a sauna and a whirlpool as well as the outdoor infinity pool.
James Ferguson (Staff)
Ciragan Palace is arguably the best known and best loved luxury hotel in the city. Over the decades, hundreds of VIPs and dignitaries have stayed there. Today it retains its place at the very top end of the accommodation options available in this fascinating city.
A full day tour to the Princes' Islands
Enjoy a ferry ride to the islands bordering Istanbul where you'll have a chance to swim and explore.
Below the hot and bustling city of Istanbul lies the Basilica Cistern, built in the 6th century. The Basilica Cistern is a stunning architectural feat, and is not to be missed during your stay in Istanbul.
Half day walking tour of the Old City
Enjoy a half-day private, guided tour of the monuments of the Old City. Your guide will be able to tailor-make the tour for you depending on your interests as well as adjusting your itinerary to avoided crowded times.
Helicopter Tour of Istanbul
Take in the city from above on a helicopter tour over Istanbul. Admire the bird's eye view of the Golden Horn, the Historical Peninsula and the Bosphorus.
Istanbul culinary tour and Spice Market
Explore the Kadiköy Market and Street Food stalls of Asian Istanbul followed by the renowned Spice Market, stimulating your senses with tantalising sights, sounds and smells.
Private yacht on the Bosphorus
Explore the beauty of Istanbul embarking on a private yacht cruise along the Bosphorus and Golden Horn. Enjoy brilliant views of Istanbul's great landmarks, such as the Topkapi Palace and Rumeli Fortnress.
Spice Bazaar & Suleymaniye Mosque
From the frescoes of the Church of St. Savior and the Suleymaniye Mosque to the bustling Spice Bazaar, this tour of Istanbul combines iconic landmarks with a taste of local life to offer a unique experience of this vibrant city.
Topkapi Palace, Bosphorus Cruise & Grand Bazaar
Admire Topkapi Palace, cruise Bosphorus which separates Asia and Europe, practice your bargaining skills at Grand Bazaar and enjoy a cultural evening with a choice of either Whirling Dervish or belly-dancing shows.
Traditional Turkish Bath Experience
Take a break from the bustling city of Istanbul, and visit one of its old bath houses for a traditional hammam experience.
Location & directions
The Ciragan palace is located on the shores of the Bosphorus a short drive from Besiktas and the city centre. The restaurants and bars of lively Ortakoy are also within easy reach.
How to get there
3-hour 45-minute direct flight from London to Istanbul with British Airways. Istanbul's Atatürk International Airport is approximately 45-minutes by car from the hotel
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