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Ciragan Palace Hotel Kempinski *****

Instabul, Turkey


Ciragan Palace Hotel KempinskiExterior View

Çırağan Palace (pronounced "Chiraan"), once the residence of the last Ottoman Sultans, has been restored to its former glory and is the only luxury hotel on the Europian shoes of the Bosphorus.

The Sultan's Palace, built in wood at the end of the 16th century and then rebuilt in marble for Sultan Abdülaziz in 1857, was badly damaged by fire in January 1910 and lay derelict and abandoned until 1986.

Lovingly restored for the Kempinski Hotel Group, the Palace has given a new meaning to the word "Luxury".


The area where Çırağan Palace Hotel Kempinski Istanbul now stands was known, in the 17th century, as Kazancioglu Garden. In the second half of the 16th century, High Admiral Kilic Ali Pasha had a waterfront house here, and in the 17th century (1648) Sultan Murat IV gave the imperial garden to his daughter, Kaya Sultan, and her husband, Grand Vizier Melek Ahmet Pasha. They had a small wooden mansion built here in which they would spend the summer months. At the beginning of the 18th century, Ahmet III presented the house and grounds to his son-in-law, Grand Vizier Ibrahim Pasha of Nevsehir, who organized torchlight fetes known as Çırağan Senlikleri (Çırağan Festivals) with his wife, Fatma Sultan. It was then that the area became known as Çırağan.

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, wife of the English ambassador Edward Wortley Montagu, who lived in Istanbul between 1717-1718, wrote of the original Çırağan Palace in her letters, published after her death: "It is situated on one of the most delightful parts of the canal, with a fine wood on the side of a hill behind it. The extent of it is prodigious; the guardian assured me there were eight hundred rooms in it, I will not however, answer for that number since I did not count them; but 'tis certain the number is very large, and the whole adorned with a profusion of marble, gilding and the most exquisite painting of fruit and flowers. The windows are all sashed with the finest crystalline glass brought from England, and here is all the expensive magnificence that you can suppose in a palace founded by a young man, with the wealth of a vast empire at his command."

This original palace was to be torn down and rebuilt many times over the next two centuries. After the rebellion of 1730 which brought the great Tulip era to an end, the palace was left empty and fell into disrepair. It was finally taken over by Mahmut I and used as a banqueting hall for foreign ambassadors.

Selim III's Grand Vizier Yusuf Ziya Pasha bought the Palace, demolished it, and commissioned Kirkor Balian to build a new palace in marble which he presented to the Sultan in 1805. Selim III then gave the Palace to his sister, Beyhan Sultan, but she returned it. This palace, used as a summer house during the reign of Mahmud II, was again demolished and rebuilt on a large scale by Garabed Balian in 1835-1843. Although great quantities of wood were used, the main section was made from marble and stone and included forty classical columns.

When Sultan Abdulmecid decided to move his official residence to Dolmabahce Palace in 1855, the Ciragan Palace was torn down again , to be replaced by an imposig stone edifice designed by Nigogos Balian, and the foundations of the present palace were laid. However, due to financial problems and the "Kuleli olayi" (an uncovered conspiracy to assassinate the sultan) the construction of the palace was only half finished. It was only completed in 1857, after Abdulaziz acceded to the throne. Abdulaziz demanded his palace to be built in Arab style as a memorial to his reign. Artists were sent to Spain and North Africa to make drawings of the famous buildings there.

The story goes that the Sultan interfered with the design so much that the plans were redrawn twenty times before he was satisfied. The palace doors, each worth one thousand gold pieces, were so admired by "Kaiser Wilhelm" that some were presented to him as a gift and stand today in Berlin Museum. The finest marble and mother-of-pearl were brought from all over the world for the new Çırağan Palace; construction was completed at a total cost of five million Ottoman gold liras. But Sultan Abdulaziz only lived here for a few months before pronouncing it to be too damp to stay in and moving out again. This former residence of king was destined to share the fate of the declining Ottoman Empire.

Sultan Murat V, deposed during a military takeover, was held prisoner here with his family until his death in 1904. After this the palace became the new location for parliament and was opened on November 14, 1909. Parliament convened here for just two months before a fire, which broke out in the central heating vents, destroyed the entire palace in just under five hours, leaving only a stone shell. Priceless antiques, paintings and books were lost, along with many vital documents. In 1946, Parliament gave the palace, its outbuildings and grounds, to Istanbul Municipality where it was used as a dumping ground for sand and other construction materials. It was also used as a swimming pool and was a football ground for the local team. It seemed only a matter of time before the last remnants of the former palace would be torn down once and for all.

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Additional Information

Ciragan Palace Hotel Kempinski is situated on the European shores of the Bosphorus in a very convenient location between the districts of Besiktas and Ortakoy, a 45 minute drive from the airport.

Within close walking distance of the Hotel is the harbourside district of Ortakoy, a fascinating area full of seafood restaurants, specialty antique, ceramic and jewellery shops. On the weekends there's a colourful street market with a fine selection of Turkish handcrafts in a delightful setting beside the famed Ortakoy Mosque.

Close to this area are some of Istanbul's most famous open-air restaurants and nightclubs.

From Besiktas you can take a ferry boat ride and enjoy the historical sights of the Bosphorus, one of the busiest waterways in the world. From the Ciragan Palace Hotel it is a short taxi ride to Akmerkez, an award winning shopping complex where you will find all the world renowned brand names.

Included in nearby attractions is the area of Taksim a well known entertainment district of cinemas, restaurants and nightclubs.

Rooms & Suites

All Rooms with:

  • Balcony with furniture in all sea view rooms
  • Working desk and sitting area
  • Two line telephones
  • Touch screen telephones
  • Voice mail system
  • Pay TV
  • Room automation system
  • Air conditioning
  • Computer and fax hook ups
  • High speed internet access
  • In-room safe
  • Enhanced bathroom amenities
  • Hair dryer, scale and magnifying mirror in the bathroom
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Alternative pillow menu
  • Refrigerated private minibar
  • One complimentary newspaper everyday

Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul has

  • 284 Guest Rooms
  • 102 Park View Rooms
  • 126 Superior Sea View Rooms
  • 20 Deluxe Rooms
  • 36 Grand Deluxe Rooms
  • 20 Hotel Suites
  • 11 Palace Suites

Ciragan Palace allows the guests the accomodation for groups up to 150 rooms & Meeting facilities up to 1200 pax.

Park View Room (32-34 sqm) A Park View Room is 34 square meters, facing the Yildiz Park across the street. The room has a seating area, a working desk, sliding windows, a safety box and a bathroom with bathtub and shower.

No extra bed allowed in this room type

Superior Sea View Room (32-34 sqm) A Superior Sea View Room is 34 square meters and has a 45 degree angle view of the Bosphorus. The room has a seating area, a working desk, sliding windows, a safety box, and a bathroom with bathtub and shower. Most rooms have a balcony with chairs and a coffee table. Family rooms with a sofa bed are also available (no balcony for this type).

Deluxe Sea View Room (67 sqm) A Deluxe Room is very spacious room with 67 square meters and has double balconies with a straight view of the Bosphorus. The rooms are located between two wings of the hotel building. The room has a seating area, a working desk, a safety box and a bathroom with bathtub and shower.

Grand Deluxe View Room (47.5 - 52.5 sqm) A Grand Deluxe Room is 50 square meters and has a panoramic view of the Bosphorus. The large balcony has two chairs, a coffee table and the view of the lush garden, 19th Century Ottoman Palace, and historical districts behind the water. The room has a seating area, a working desk, a safety box and a bathroom with bathtub and shower.

Studio Suite (54 sqm) A Studio Suite is 54 square meters, accommodating private seating area with a dining table and a bedroom with a private bathroom. The balcony has a view of the Bosphorus behind the historical gate and 19th Century Ottoman Palace. Connecting room to the Superior Sea View Room is available.

  • Only 1 suite on a floor
  • No separation between bedroom and seating area

One Bedroom Suite (66 sqm) One Bedroom Suite is 66 square meters. The suite has a private living room and one bedroom, separated by sliding doors. The living room has a dining table for four, seating area, a balcony with the Bosphorus view. The bedroom has a private bathroom, walking closet and a television. A connecting room (Superior Sea View) is available.

Lale Suite (140 sqm) Lale Suite is 140 square meters and has a large living room and a bedroom completely separated by a door. The Living room has a seating area, a dining table for four, kitchenette, guest bathroom and a balcony with the Bosphorus view. The bedroom has twin beds.

Bahce Suite (110 sqm) Bahce Suite is located on the ground floor of the hotel building. There is a spacious terrace in front of the suite, which has a Bosphorus view behind the garden. The living room has a dining table for four, seating area and a working desk. The suite has one bedroom with private bathroom, completely separated from the living room, guest bathroom and a kitchenette.

Vali/Vezir Suite (72 sqm) Vali & Vezir Suites are located on the 5th floor, they have a private living room with a seating area and a dining table for four and one bedroom with private bathroom. There is a balcony overlooking the Bosphorus both from the living room and the bedroom.

Pasha and Presidential Suite (156 sqm) Pasha and Presidential Suites are located on the 5th floor, furnished with a private living room area and separate bedrooms with separate bathrooms with private shower cabinets.

They have panoramic Bosphorus view. A connecting room (Superior Sea View) is available.

  • 24-Hour Room Service
  • 24-Hour Laundry & Dry Cleaning Service
  • Concierge Service
  • Underground Garage
  • Jewellery, antique & watch shops
  • Book store
  • Travel Agency
  • Limousine Service
  • Bar, Lobby Lounge & Terraces
  • Florist
  • Exclusive Palace Suites with 24-Hour Butler Service
  • Dry Cleaning shop
  • Indoor & Outdoor Pools
  • Whirlpool
  • Sauna
  • Turkish Hammam
  • Massage
  • Exercise Room
  • Solarium
  • Business Facilities available 24 hours
  • Health Club
  • Jacuzzi
  • Steam Bath
  • Fitness Club

Çırağan Club

Live the privileged access for relaxation in an intimate surrounding. Çırağan Club is your key to enhanced benefits and added value... This door plus this key grant you access to an oasis of exceptional and personalized services.

The Çırağan Club is an exclusive enclave, with private gardens overlooking the majestic Bosphorus, designed for relaxation in intimate surroundings with all encompassing business needs catered to.

The Çırağan Club offers its guest an unparalleled level of privacy, added value, redefining today's business travel. Welcome to your club. Ç ırağan Club Enhanced Benefits:

  • Privileged access to private Club Lounge and Gardens overlooking the Bosphorus.
  • Free use of the Çırağan Club for one accompanied outside guest.
  • Express check-out on request.
  • Early check-in and late check-out guaranteed.
  • Priority booking for Çırağan Palace restaurants and lounges.
  • Free photocopies (20 pages A4 size photocopy)
  • All day complimentary hot and cold beverages including tea, coffee, soft drinks, local alcoholic beverages, selection of imported and standard spirits.
  • Free parking.
  • Complimentary Executive Breakfast, afternoon tea, evening cocktails and hors d' oeuvres served in the peaceful ambience of the Club Lounge.
  • Free use of private meeting room for up to two hours (max 4 persons) on availability.
  • One set of clothes for complimentary pressing upon check-in.

Health Club

To feel yourself better, just be the member of our fitness center. Çırağan Palace Hotel Kempinski Istanbul Health Club offers a variety of time - based membership or daily entrance alternatives. Anytime during the day between 07:00 am - 10:00 pm you may exercise in our fitness area, swim in outdoor and indoor swimming pool, relax in our Jacuzzi, solarium and Turkish Hamam and benefit from our massage and body scrub services.


Health / Beauty Care Bar Restaurants Swimming Pool Fitness Room Meeting Rooms Business Centre / Services Golf


Internet Access Bathroom with Shower or Bathtub Hairdryer Bathrobes & Slippers Satellite TV Mini Bar Safe Box Air-conditioning Fridge Telephone


Microphones Camera PC - Printer LCD Projector Flip Chart Slide Projector Xerox Copier

Tuğra Restaurant

The Pearl of the classical Turkish and Ottoman Cuisine

The award-winning Tuğra Restaurant, famous for its refined classical Turkish and Ottoman Cuisine is back after a complete renovation. Tuğra Restaurant welcomes its guests with its new decoration with Ottoman motifs of clove and tulip in beige, blue and brown and its new menu, prepared after a detailed research. The new authentic menu will bring the guests back in time with Kabuni, Lamb Külbasti, Testi Kebab, Mahmudiye and many more… After coffee, the traditional candy stick trolley “Macun” will appear.

Laledan Fish Restaurant

Whether for breakfast or a romantic dinner, Laledan Restaurant offers delicious fish and rich mezze selections of the season. (Open everyday between 07:00 to 11:00 and from 19:00 to 23:00).

Gazebo Lounge & Restaurant (Open 24 hours)

A unique service in the city...Gazebo Lounge & Restaurant is now open for 24 hours!

The Gazebo Lobby Lounge & Restaurant, with its stunning view of the majestic Bosphorus, features the Çırağan's renowned Turkish and International High Teas, served from 3 pm to 6 pm.

Our Turkish High Tea features local specialties such as 'baklava' and 'su böreği' (baked layered pastry with cheese), while the International High Tea includes scones, smoked salmon canapés, cheesecake and other delicacies accompanied by a glass of champagne. Gazebo is open for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Guests can also enjoy the choice of the "Continental Breakfast" served between 07:00-10:00 as an alternative to the open buffet breakfast in Laledan Restaurant.

Çırağan Bar

Ciragan Bar, with signature cocktails and cigars invites you to enjoy a refined evening every night from 19:30 to 01:00, to enjoy live entertainment by our in-house pianist and singer. During evenings with fine weather, the Ciragan Bar will transfer to the Bosphorus Pier Lounge.

In Room Dining ( Candle Light Dinner)

In your own privacy, enjoying the magical view of the Bosphorus in a romantic atmosphere, you can have your candle light dinner with someone special.

Çırağan Brunch at Laledan

You may find tastes of a great variety, from open buffets where delicious tastes of the world cuisine are offered to traditional Turkish dishes that are prepared by our kitchen led by the world-famous chef, Rudolf Van Nunen and have a pleasant Sunday.

Hotel Policies

From 12:00 hours


Until 10:00 hours

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