Ciragan Palace Hotel Kempinski

, Istanbul, Turkey
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Ciragan Palace Hotel Kempinski

, Istanbul
5 star

Rooms: 315

32 Ciragan Cad Besiktas - Istanbul - 34349 - Turkey Hotel Website | | 212 258 33 77
342 Traveller

Reviews - Ciragan Palace Hotel Kempinski

10/10
Luxurious & Quiet and very elegant
Submitted by: Maritza Berger in 16/06/05
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
The Hotel is Luxurious, Quiet and very elegant.
Because of the Ciragan I make a point in staying at Kampinski Hotel wourld wide. I am looking forward to my next stay at the hotel.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Ciragan Palace Hotel Kempinski

Ciragan Palace Rules!

from lemonlady
In 2003 I broke open the piggy bank and stayed for 4 days at Kempinski on the way back from a tour all around Turkey. What a great experience I had at the Ciragan Palace. My room was sumptuous, everyone catered to my every whim. The pool and spa areas were the best I ever encountered and the breakfast buffet defies my powers of description. We ate in all of the restaurants and enjoyed them thoroughly. The grounds are so beautiful and the views of the Bosphorus make you want to stay there forever. I found the staff courteous and super efficient from the door persons to the concierges (who were especially helpful). If break the bank is on your agenda stay here. If it isn't there are many other beautiful hotels in Istanbul that offer great service and rooms. I myself when not in extravagant mode always choose Hotel Daphne in Sultanahmet. But Ciragan Palace, rules!!
LemonLady

Excellent

from leylek
Wonderful view, excellent service world class top of the line hotel. Located in Besiktas Bosphorus sea side. I live in Istanbul and we choose this hotel for new years eve stay for two nights. It is walking distance to the Ortakoy Square, 10 minutes to the Taksim Square and 6 km to the old town Sultanahmet Sq.

Nothing special

from Toine05
I spent a few days in the Kempinski in Istanbul and do not understand the Hype. It is just another hotel. It is nice, but nothing special - und not the best value-for-money you can get (the Four Seasons is much nicer!).

The rooms that face the front are nice because you have view at the Bosporus, however the rooms in the back face the street, which is very noisy, stinky, and unpleasant - be aware! If you like to sleep with an open Window, forget the "Street" rooms.

The room is quite dark and the furniture is not very appealing or luxurious (I saw quite a few of the rooms and none of them had very nice furniture). Some of the Suites have phantastic view - but in terms of the room, they are nothing special either.

The breakfast is great - try to book a rate including breakfast or it will be very expensive.

The gym is very nice with state-of-the-art equipment.

The pool is outside on the terrace next to the Bosporus, which is nice. Unfortunately, I was in Istanbul in November and did not get to swim as it was 0°C/32F... However, the pool is heated in the winter.

Fantastic Resort

from garcon
This hotel is one of the finest I have been too, both in terms of location and service. Previous comments about rooms without a view of the Bosphorus are not true...you'll be spending your time at the wonderful pool, or travelling downtown...sleeping is about all you'd do in the room.

Swimming beside the Bosphorus...

from A TripAdvisor Member
The Ciragan Palace is exemplary and among the very finest hotels available in Europe or Asia when considered comprehensively in terms of its location, historic/architectural value, and personal service. A trip to Istanbul becomes complete with even the briefest stay here. Expensive... but you DO get what you pay for.

The particular highlights: completely reliable/responsible/dependable staff for both business and touristic planning; the phenomenal breakfast spread; the ultimate: a swim in the pool alongside the Bosphorus.

Golden Days Over Here

from hobnob30
Sadly the Ciragan Palace in Istanbul proved to be bitterly dissapointing. If you are trying to decide upon a luxury hotel in Turkey, opt for the Four Seasons. Upon arrival at the Ciragan we felt we were being huslted into taking a room that was twice as expensive but were told we could not see the rooms first. The woman who checked us in smelled too. Very badly. At the restaurant for lunch we found a hair in a glass (and the Pellegrino had already been poured but the waiter DID NOT offer a new bottle or to take it off our bill). The whole experience was depressing since I am sure this was once one of the greatest hotels in the world. I hope the Four Seasons will help the people at the Ciragan shape up, especially considering the sky-high prices!

Great Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife and I spent six nights at the Ciragan Palace in May, 2005, and loved it. The rooms were great, bathroom large, plenty of hot water, twice a day room service and each day they replenished the bowl of fresh fruit, half bottle of wine and can of nuts on the table in our sea view room. I reserved this room over the internet in November at a cost of about $335 US per night. This hotel has perhaps the best service of any hotel that we have stayed at. The pool area was all one could ask for. A large heated pool where every time you get out of the pool, someone came running to drape a fresh towel over our shoulders and they passed out cold towels and ice cream cones several times each afternoon. Each taxi outside the hotel has the hotel name on it and is clean, metered and driven by a man in a suit who speaks English. The business center has two computers and the internet access was free. Food however is extremely expensive. For example, a cup of coffee is about $10.00 US. The same is true for the items in the mini-bar in our room. The fruit, wine, nuts and bottled water that they put on the table each day are all free, but, take any of these same items from the mini-bar and the cost is quite high. If you are going to be in the hotel for more than one or two nights consider joining their Gourmet Club. If you do, make sure that you upgrade your membership. The total cost will be about 450TL or $300 US. I never saw it advertised at the hotel, but found it on the Hotel website. The upgrade gave us certificates for a breakfast buffet, a lunch, the sea-food buffet, Sunday brunch and afternoon tea. Each certificate was good for two people and it covered everything - we did not receive a bill. Given that the sea food buffet is 220TL for two and the Sunday brunch is 230TL for two, these two items alone bring you even. The membership card is also good for 50% off the meal (food only) charges for two people. The card, by the way, is good for a year and valid at a number of hotels around the world. It brings the cost of the food down to what is normally paid in a fine hotel. The food and service in each of the restaurants was very good. This was our first trip to Istanbul and the Ciragan Palace was a great place to stay for a one week getaway. I had debated staying at the Four Seasons and while that is close to the tourist sites in the old city, we liked getting into a park like resort setting each afternoon. (hotel is about a $10 - 12 dollar ride from the old city) If you really want to splurge, ask the hotel to pick you up at the airport. For about $100 US they will have a driver meet you in a brand new 7 series BMW. He will provide you with bottled water and take the scenic route to the hotel. Upon arrival we were met by the head bellman to open the door for my wife, two assistants to take our luggage out of the trunk and the desk clerk to present my wife with a bouquet of flowers and take us to our room. I think it is safe to say that we will return to the Ciragan Palace.

Great location and common spaces - beware of plumbing issues

from A TripAdvisor Member
Ciragan Palace is an amazing hotel in terms of location, common spaces and the comfort of the rooms. However, for being a five star hotel it has some very serious issues: 1) at times (twice for me and also for my colleagues) there is no hot water in your room for over a day and the cold water is brownish - despite complaints the staff do not take any action. 2) the service can be patchy, you will not receive the fax that was sent to you and requests are not followed through. Great as a tourist hotel for the first time visitor to Istanbul with no time constraints and patience, suboptimal for a business traveller in a rush with minimal margins.

Just wonderful! Just wonderful!

from A TripAdvisor Member
This hotel is just a wonderful experience. Everything from the greeting to the littlest of your needs are taken care of quickely and descritely.

I am a rather casual traveler who sometimes is intimidated by formalities, however, the staff at this hotel was as welcoming as any place I have ever been. My every wish was taken care of and with wonderful smiles and warm personalities.

I highly recommend this hotel for anyone who wants the best. It is definitely the best! I will stay there again next year when I return to Istanbul.

Turkish opulence beyond compare

from serendipit4
We did not stay in this fabulous hotel but were lucky enough to be invited to a private spice degustation evening at the famed Turga restaurant. The chef, Aydin Demir, greeted us at our table beforehand. Even the Ritz Carlton boys had to concede that this was not just the best restaurant in Istanbul, but the premier restaurant in Turkey, period.
Ciragan is indeed a palace and we felt duty bound to sweep in an 'S' class Mercedes hired from our own hotel, the Ritz Carlton.
Imposing splendour, complete with sweeping driveway and a palatial fountain started our evening from what can only be described as another enchanted era.
Yes, it is very expensive, but in a reassuring kind of way!
The £200 meal ticket (including decent tip and very little alcohol) did not compare with the £30 Hamdi restaurant bill we paid later in the week.
But Hamdi's, for all its brilliance, is not a palace and does not have an all female band playing authentic Turkish instruments in the restaurant.. a highlight of the evening for me. Neither did it have a perfectly set table overlooking the Bosphorous away from the close proximity of other diners.
And the food? Well, a little bland for my palate, for me it was the exquisite ambience more than the actual menu that sold the Ciragan Palace.
The staff were quietly attentive in that old school 5* way, but not aloof or unfriendly.
Indeed we cheekily asked to see the Sultan's suite and another less pricey accommodation at the palace. We were duly obliged and oh my....!
The sultan's suite at 11,000 YTL per night was from another world. The private dining area with settings for 14 said it all!
Well this is the hotel group (Kempinski) that won the Emirates Palace contract in Abu Dhabi, so no surprise at their affinity for opulence.
How does it compare with Four Seasons? It's a palace not a boutique!
And Ritz Carlton? Well I'm biased and adore Ritz Carlton hotels but if I was Turkish, I would certainly opt for this tranquil haven that harks back luxuriously to another era.
Tip: This is in effect 2 hotels. Only the Turga restaurant and suites are located in the palace.
Go if you can!
PS As usual my photos do not bestow upon this establishment any favours!
The lighting is subtly atmospheric rather than plain dark! Sorry.

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Local Food Just make sure when you are eating out for local food- compare prices in 3-4 places in the same area before you order. we found that this was very useful to do.

great dinner we had a wonderful dinner at aija palace hotel (on the other side of the Bosporus)

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