The Çırağan Palace Kempinski Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey
Delighting our senses with a bit of history from the old Ottoman Empire, the imperial Çirağan Palace Kempinski brings forth the atmosphere in which Ottoman Sultans used to live their glorious lives. Presenting itself with enormous levels of luxury, this Turkish hotel from Istanbul welcomes guests with state of the art services and great hospitality.
The word “çirağan” means “light” in Persian and this Palace owes much of its history to this word in particular. The story begins with Fatma Sultan, who used to organize torch-lit celebrations – the fabled Çirağan festivals -within the lush gardens of this magnificent palace. After the Sultans left the residence, may years later, Kempinski Hotels had started to renovate the property in order to restore its former glory. Its gates, as a resort, were opened in 1991.
The stunning hotel combines modern luxury with architectural extravagance, providing mid-city experience and a total of 313 accommodation facilities, of which 20 are suites, 282 simple rooms and 11 suites within the Imperial section of the Palace. The staff of the hotel can immediately arrange airport transfers, city tours by limousine, helicopter travels, boat or even luxurious vans.
There’s a lot more to this place – it provides simply breathtaking views over the Bosphorus Strait, plenty of lounge and relaxation facilities, a lovely swimming pool, top notch comfort features, state of the art electronics and an entire array of in-room features. The waterfront Gazebo Lounge is one of the most sought-after spots at Çirağan Palace, providing tasty continental breakfasts, elegant afternoon tea and cuisine from all around the world, all within a superb, musical atmosphere.
But if you seek genuine Turkish food, the Tuğra Restaurant & Lounge is the ideal place to go. The spot provides you with fine Ottoman and Turkish dining converted to contemporary fashion and tastes, in a superb ambiance with the best Turkish Music possible.
Above all, if it is rejuvenation you’re after, the Bosphorus Çirağan Palace Kempinski Spa, managed by Sanitas, is a spot on place to choose – it provides a mix of wellness techniques and fitness styles which will both keep you fit and relaxed at the same time, in the company of trained staff and exclusive products.