Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul is the only hotel in Istanbul accessible by car, yacht and helicopter.Enjoy the benefits of booking direct via Kempinski.com, such as a 20,00 EUR Gourmet Voucher.
GRAND DELUXE BOSPHORUS VIEW ROOM CIRAGAN PALACE KEMPINSKI
Features a panoramic, 180-degree Bosphorus view, with the city’s key landmarks including the Old City and the Maiden’s Tower clearly visible. The rooms have large balconies and seating area, a working desk and a bathroom with a bathtub combined with a shower.
Room Features & Amenities Balcony, Working desk, Lounge area, FREE Wi-Fi, In-room coffee and/or tea facilities, Baby cot allowed, Choice of pillows, Climate control, Daily newspaper service, Free high-speed Internet, Safe, High-speed internet, Nespresso machine, Timeless Check-in & Check-out, Breakfast, Suspended Turndown Service, Room Service Until 1 A.M
View: Sea, Decor: Classic, Beds: King or Twin, Extra Bed: One extra bed allowed, Smoking Room Possible: Yes, Bathroom: Bathtub combined with Shower, Maximum Occupancy: 2 Adults 1 Child, Size: 50 m² (538 ft²)
Welcome to the only Ottoman Imperial Palace and Hotel on the Bosphorus. Çırağan Palace Kempinski offers a resort ambience in the city and reflects the ultimate luxury of a genuine Ottoman Palace.With a total of 310 rooms, including 279 rooms and 20 suites in the main hotel section and 11 suites in the imperial palace section the hotel’s restaurants & bars, offer a blissful culinary experience.
Çırağan Palace Kempinski İstanbul is situated on the European shores of the Bosphorus, in the city centre between the districts of Besiktaş and Ortaköy. The hotel is 10 minutes’ drive from one of the main attractions of the city, Taksim Square, and the luxury and trendy shopping area of Nişantaşı. It is 20 minutes’ drive from the Old City Sultanahmet and business districts Levent and Maslak.
Istanbul International Airport is 42 km/75 minutes away.
MAIN STRENGTHS, SPECIAL TOUCH
• The only Imperial Ottoman Palace & Hotel in Istanbul
• Excellent location right on the Bosphorus
• 11 Palace Suites with around the clock butler service
• Resort ambiance in the heart of the city
• Winter heated infinity pool open all year
• Transfers by 3 options (yacht, limo, helicopter)
• Palace Grand Ballroom & Terrace for prestigious social events
• Historical Turkish Bath for events at the genuine palace
• Tuğra Restaurant, ultimate Ottoman Cuisine Restaurant
RESTAURANTS & BARS
• Tuğra Restaurant & Lounge
“The ultimate Ottoman dining experience” with a stunning view of the Bosphorus.
• Laledan Restaurant
For all-day dining. Famous with its opulent breakfast offering 250 items & piquant Sunday Brunch.
• Gazebo Lounge
With the most renowned afternoon tea in the city.
• Le Fumoir
For premium drinks and quality cigars with its summer extension Le Fumoir Pavilion for “shisha with style”.
• Bosphorus Grill
Bosphorus Grill, Çırağan Palace Kempinski İstanbul’s summer venue right by the Bosphorus, welcomes the summer with a new concept boasting with refreshing whites and blues in harmony. Delicious à la carte dishes for lunch, opulent buffet fish and meat flavors for dinner are at the forefront for the distinguished guests.
Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul Spa is managed by SANITAS includes an authentic Turkish bath (hamam), a gym, a whirlpool, an indoor pool, sauna and steam rooms, massage rooms and a cosmetic room. A favourite is the heated infinity outdoor swimming pool, which is open the whole year and has spectacular views over the Bosphorus. Turkish Hamam treatments and Ayurvedic treatments are other highlights of the Spa.
CORPORATE & CELEBRATION EVENTS
Çırağan Palace Kempinski’s 16 meeting rooms, with state-of-art-technology and unparalleled comfort ensure absolutely flawless meetings and social events. From the Çırağan Ballroom with an unbeatable view of the Bosphorus and a capacity of 950 people at a sit down dinner to a plainer room that can be divided and united, all rooms enjoy natural daylight. Palace Grand Ballroom and Terrace for prestigious social events up to 2000.
ESCAPE IN STYLE
HISTORY & STORY
The area around the Çırağan Palace was known as “Kazancıoğlu Garden” during the 17th century. These lush gardens extended from the Beşiktaş district to the Ortaköy.
1718 – 1730
The colourful years that came to be known as the Tulip Period, a period characterised above all by a passionate love of flowers and music. It was during these years that Ahmet III presented this property to his son-in-law, the Grand Vizier Ibrahim Pasha. The first structure in the region was the mansion that belonged to Admiral Kılıç Ali Pasha. Damat İbrahim Pasha of Nevşehir, the Grand Vezir, had built a summer mansion for his wife Fatma Sultan (the daughter of Sultan Ahmet III) in 1719 on the same spot. Fatma Sultan frequently organised torch lit celebrations, or “Çırağan Festivals”, in the gardens. In Persian, the word Çırağan suggests a “special light source”. The word soon became synonymous with the palace.
Sultan Mahmut II in 1834 decided to reconstruct the area that by then had a mosque, a school and a Mevlevi lodge by demolishing the summer villa and building the first palace.
Sultan Abdülmecid demolished the palace that Sultan Mahmut II had built, and made plans to rebuild a new palace in a “western” style. However, he passed away in 1861 and his wishes were carried out by his brother, Sultan Abdülaziz.
Sultan Abdülaziz finished building the palace in 1871, yet the building was in a more “Eastern” style, and North African architectural techniques were used. The contractors were Sarkis Balyan and his associate, Narsisyan Krikor. The waterfront construction alone cost 400,000 Ottoman liras. Over the construction of the Çırağan Palace, which began in 1863 was completed in 1871, 2.5 million gold coins were spent.
On November 14, 1909, Çırağan Palace was selected as the site for a significant meeting of the Turkish Parliament. Dramatically, however, shortly after the conclusion of the Parliament meeting in January 1910 a fire destroyed the inside of the palace, including significant antiques and art pieces from Abdülhamid’s collection and books from the renowned library of Murat V.
At the end of WWI, during the occupation of Istanbul, the ruined palace was used as “Bizo Barrack” by the French military’s field corps engineers. From 1930 on, Beşiktaş Football Team used the garden of the palace as a stadium.
In 1946, an army captain damaged the grave site of the whirling dervishes in the basement of the palace while digging for gold. That same year it was decided that the palace would be left to the municipality.
On 7 March 1985, the Sanbar Group signed a letter of understanding with the Turkish Republic Ministry of Culture and Tourism to renovate the Çırağan Palace and develop it into a recreational centre with an adjoining five star hotel. Kumagai Gumi as the main contractor for construction. The construction work started in 1987 and, subsequently, the Kempinski Group was awarded the contract for hotel management and operations.
Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul opened its doors to a curious public in 1991 with the modern hotel building built on the premises of the palace. More significantly, however, after years of redesign and construction the “new” Çırağan Palace opened the doors of its four immense, historic gates in 1992.
1997, 2007 and present
The hotel building went under a renovation in 1997 which included all the rooms and public areas. The palace’s renovation came in 2006; meeting rooms, public areas and suites were restored to their original colour scheme and glamour. State-of-the-art technology was also placed in all meeting rooms. The Tuğra Restaurant was part of this renovation project as well.
Since then, Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul has remained as “the place” to meet for royalty such as H.R.M. Juan Carlos II, King of Spain and Prince Albert of Monaco. Presidents and prime ministers such as Bill Clinton and world renowned artists, designers and business people such as Sophia Loren, Sting, Oprah Winfrey, U2, Madonna, ZahaHadid, Roberto Cavalli, Christian Louboutin, and many others have stayed as well. The hotel has also hosted countless international government summits, meetings, weddings and social events. Elsewhere in Istanbul, there have been attempts to recreate the gracious lifestyle of the sultans within new hotels, but there is a world of difference between saying, “this is what the walls of a sultan’s palace would have looked like” and “these are the very walls”.