The magical city of Istanbul- where Europe asks Asia’s hand to dance on the Bosphorus, where tradition courts contemporary- it leaves much to the imagination. A bombardment of the senses, Istanbul has anchored 4 major empires (Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman), which have all left their fossils throughout their former capital. And right on the European shores of the Bosphorus, between the districts of Besiktaş and Ortaköy, sprawls the Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul. Taking pride as being “the only hotel in Turkey that can be reached by private helicopter, yacht & limousine,” it has set the standards for jet-set traveling.
Once the residence of the Ottoman sultans, the landmark hotel is composed of two buildings: the restored Sultan’s palace and a neighboring one decorated in a matching authentic design. Its decor is just as grand as its history- befitted with marble, Turkish handmade crystal chandeliers and a baroque style. The property boasts 313 regal rooms and suites, which 80% of them have spacious balconies and offer scenic Bosphorus views as a bonus. The eleven VIP suites housed at the palace provide minibars and allow guests to enjoy a highly professionalized butler service, minor amenities to comfortably situate them into their temporary homes.
Paralleling its resort ambiance, the hotel mesmerizes with its vast gardens and comforts with its heated infinity pool with panoramic scenery of the sea. The estate also entails the opulent Çırağan Ballroom and numerous meeting facilities with state-of-art-technology. And adhering to the principle of it’s all about location, it’s considered one of the city’s most notable places to be for prestigious social gatherings.
Its dining choices are award-winning. The Tuğra Restaurant & Lounge is dubbed as “the ultimate Ottoman dining experience” while the Gazebo Lounge has been named as “the place to see and be seen.” Something for cocktail connoisseurs: the experience at Le Fumoir Bar, which offers some of the world’s finest alcohol assortments. The Çırağan Palace Kempinski İstanbul Spa invites its guests to an authentic Turkish hamam, whirlpool, massage rooms & more. A frequent flyer’s paradise.
And making sure that no one is forgotten, “the art & culture friendly hotel” added something for those looking to expand their creative horizons. There’s an historical gallery that reveals documents & photographs from the property’s royal past, aligning with its Hotel Floor Galleries, which display original artworks of well-known local & international artists.
If you need assistance, the hotel will be more than willing to provide you with private airport transportation with a limousine or clear the landing at the Ottoman Palace helipad while your private butler waits to take your bags. No amenity is impossible. If a genie gives only three wishes, the Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul is the rare one that grants countless ones… All at a price. And if one wants to capture the essence of pure luxury while traveling, this palace should never be overlooked. It’s first-class. | Giuseppe