Ciragan (pronounced "Chiraan") Palace, once the residence of the last of the Ottoman Sultans, has been superbly restored by Kempinski Hoteliers into a luxury accommodation, spa, and near village unto itself for anyone visiting the shores of the Bosphorus, between Istanbul's districts of Besiktas and Ortakoy. Originally constructed from wood at the end of the 16th century, and then rebuilt in marble for Sultan Abdulaziz in 1857, the Ciragan Palace saw its end of days for over 75 years when in 1910 it experienced a fire so devastating it lay abandoned until 1986.
Now officially the Ciragan Palace Kempinski, Turkey's Sultanic jewel still caters to those seeking the royal treatment with its extensive private grounds, traditional Hamman spa, and lavish rooms and suites. All accommodations feature a balcony with water views from the Istanbul Strait, ensuite bathrooms with combined tub/showers, and--this is a fun cultural twist--a choice of six pillows, plus an additional pillow menu.
Go to the Ciragan Palace Kempinski if You're Looking for...
Old world culture and class. Istanbul serves up a panoply of history, rich architecture, and delectable mediterranean cuisine. A stay at the Ciragan Palace will only augment the other-era experience with its own illustrious past, and commitment to showering guests with the finer things in life in its present.
Ciragan Palace Kempinski Highlights
- The Pillows. Did you read about the pillow menu earlier?
- The heated infinity pool. Not only does the massive installation stretch breathtakingly before the the Bosphorus waters, but even during chilly weather, its toasty temperatures swirl minarets of steam up and around you. Heated cabanas are also available for soaking Vitamin D in the winter. In the heat of the summer, pool butlers serve up pre-cooled towels.
- The Spa. What else but a Turkish Haman could grace the spa at the Ciragan Palace in Istanbul? Spa services, packages, and wellness programmes abound for face and body pampering, and the hotel's fitness center, indoor pool, sauna, and whirlpool are open 24 hours. Summertime opens the spa into the hotel's gardens, where private booths await those seeking massages and corporal beautification.
- In-House Dining and Bars. Here is where a luxury hotel begins its growth into a luxury village guests won't need--or want--to leave. In addition to a fine dining establishment, Tugra, the Ciragan Palace also houses the Gazebo Lounge, Laledan Restaurant, Bosphorus Grill, and post-meal socialization and a handful of bars.
- In-House Boutiques. Nothing to wear to Tugra? Need a new bathing suit for day 4 at the infinity pool? The Ciragan Palace's Shopping Arcade will deck you out in both leading brands and Turkish handcraft items. Necessities, coveted jewelry, distinctive souvenirs, even Turkish carpets are all within hotel room's reach.
- Istanbul Tours. Should you decide to exit the premises during your stay, the Ciragan Palace concierge will gladly book guided tours of Istanbul and its surrounding areas. Choose to travel by land, water, or air along with multilingual professional guides.
Best Time to Go to Ciragan Palace Kempinski
The hotel itself is suited up for all seasons and weather conditions, though tourism in Europe is generally heaviest in July and August, so if you're looking to avoid the crowds, early- to mid-spring, or fall will be your best bets.
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