Is the 5-star, 313-room Çırağan
Palace Kempinski Hotel Istanbul the
most luxurious hotel in the city?
Many people think so.
The Çırağan (CHUH-rah-AHN) Kempinski has
a reputation for deluxe accommodations
and service, but it's the location—right
on the Bosphorus shore
next to the restored 19th-century Ottoman Çırağan
Palace—that gives the
hotel its caché.
The hotel itself is a modern
building designed in harmony
with the restored palace. The 283
guest rooms, 20 suites, and most
facilities (restaurants, bars, etc)
are in the hotel portion.
The palace has 11 luxury suites,
but its primary use is for meetings,
conventions and private functions held
in its sumptuous public rooms. Hotel
guests can usually wander through and
admire the public rooms if they are
not in use.
The Kempinski has indoor and
outdoor swimming pools,
and those marvelous Bosphorus views—but not
from all rooms. Rooms on
the west side of the hotel have "park
views," meaning that
the higher rooms look out across
the Bosphorus coast road to the grounds
of Yıldız Park,
the forests and gardens surrounding Yıldız
Palace. But the lower rooms
on the west side look only at a high
stone wall that sets off
the Çiragan Palace grounds
from the busy roadway (map).
If you plan to stay at the Kempinski
for its Bosphorus views,
be sure your room has one!
Rates & Availability
It's easy to reserve
a value-priced private airport
transfer to the hotel
in a Mercedes-Benz vehicle
that costs only slightly more than
and significantly less than two taxis
(which you'll need if you have 4+
people and/or lots of luggage), and far
more pleasant, comfortable and trustworthy. More...
Palace Kempinski Hotel Istanbul
Caddesi 32, Beşiktaş (map)
—by Tom Brosnahan