Once the residence of Ottoman sultans, the Ciragan Palace has a prime location right on the Bosphorus.
Brimming with history and elegance, Ciragan Palace Kempinski is Istanbul’s only Imperial Ottoman Palace and it sits directly on the Bosphorus. The hotel has been an Istanbul icon since it opened it doors thanks to its splendid style, superb location, breathtaking views, resort vibe and spacious green garden dotted with palm trees. The outdoor infinity pool here is a stand-out feature, with its stunning Bosphorus views – and it is heated in winter. Other highlights include the hotel’s historical Turkish Hammam and the private garden spa cabanas for traditional treatments.
For the ultimate Ottoman dining experience, it doesn’t get better than the award-winning Tugra, where you can feast on Ottoman and Turkish flavours – the signature dish is a lamb casserole cooked in a clay pot – while enjoying traditional live music. Book a table on the terrace for added romance. The hotel is also home to one of Istanbul’s hot spots: The Gazebo Lounge. This open-air terrace is popular with locals and serves the best afternoon tea in town. For something a little different, Berthold is a cool pop-up food cart where you can try Turkish wines from boutique wineries alongside delicious deli food.
Elegant rooms all come with a balcony overlooking the Bosphorus or Yildiz Park, or a lush private garden. For more space, book one of the One Bedroom Suites which have a separate living/dining room and master bedroom and views of the park or – for a supplement – the sea.
On the European shore of the Bosphorus, in the heart of the city
Good to know
310 rooms and suites
• Explore the Taksim, Ortakoy and Bebek districts • Take a boat cruise along the Bosophorus* • Treat yourself to a traditional Turkish Hammam treatment*.
4 restaurants, 2 bars, pop-up food cart
Meal upgrade options (per person per night)
Breakfast at Laledan or Gazebo Lounge.
*Denotes local charge