Ciragan Palace Hotel Kempinski

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

Ciragan Caddesi 32, Besiktas, Istanbul, 34349, Turkey

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Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul
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Value Score Poor Value

Costs 132% more than similarly rated 5 star hotels

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  • Families90
  • Couples94
  • Solo81
  • Business92


    Wir waren zum 1. Mal im CIRAGAN PALAST und das sagt wohl schon alles. Wir sind abolut vernarrt in dieses Hotel. Das Problem ist, dass wir woanders einfach nicht mehr zufrieden sind. Bisher konnte einfach kein anderer Urlaub CIRAGAN toppen! Die Lage ist so einmalig schön und die Anlage so exklusiv, der Service spitzenmäßig und frühstückt einmalig. Erholung pur! Nur zu empfehlen!!!

    Unique Quality: Aus Fairness Gründen gleich am Anfang der Hinweis, dass die Kempinskis das Hoteliersgeschäft verstehen - auf der ganzen Welt. Das Ciragan gilt als das erste Haus am Platze und alle Hotelleistungen werden diesem Anspruch auch weitestgehend gerecht. Warum ich trotzdem sehr enttäuscht war und abwerte: Wenn ich ein Hotelzimmer für € 430,-- pro Nacht ohne Frühstück buche, dann erwarte ich bei der Bezeichnung "Park-View" eine ruhige Lage mit Blick auf gepflegtes Grün. Realität siehe weiter unten!
    Das Hotel ist aus einem alten Sultanspalast entstanden, vermutlich wurde ein größeres Vermögen investiert. Alles ist stilvoll und sauber, auch das durchweg internationale Publikum, das kaum aus den unteren Einkommensschichten kommen dürfte.


  • Manara's Profile Photo

    Like a sultan


    I had the good luck of staying in this hotel on my first trip to Istanbul, and also on the second one. Both times I had a room with a view of the Bosphorus. Moreover I was an invited guest, in fact I could not possibly afford the hefty rates.
    The hotel itself is a modern building, annexed to an Ottoman Palace that now is an integral part of the hotel, with a restaurant and several function rooms for parties, weddings, meetings.

    Unique Quality: Lots of details form the general feeling of luxury in this hotel, but the one sigle detail that stands out in my memory is the swimming pool. It is by the Bosphorus, in a beautiful garden, with a view of the old palace and its marble gate on one side. When you are in it you see only a white balaustrade to separate the water of the pool from the sea.

  • MM212's Profile Photo

    Istanbul's best hotel


    Considered Istanbul's best hotel, the Kempinski occupies an opulent 19th century Ottoman palace on the banks of the Bosphorus (see tip in "things to do" for the history of the palace). Most of the rooms are in a more modern annex with views over the Bosphorus, though the largest suites and ball rooms are in the actual palace. No doubt a stay at Çırağan Palace is special, as the service is impeccable and the amenities are excellent. Most enjoyable, though, is simply having breakfast outdoors while watching large Russian ships lazily navigate the waters. A stay here comes at an elevated price, but when I stayed here in August 2004, I was very lucky to find a relatively affordable special on the internet. I am told that today, such specials are no longer available, and the price for a regular room has more than doubled!

    Unique Quality: Although the hotel is located at the edge of town, distant from historic Istanbul, I found it quite pleasant to return in the evening away from the congestion of central Istanbul. Taxis are plenty at the hotel and the ride to downtown Istanbul takes only 15 minutes (without traffic, otherwise it could be long). The hotel though is within walking distance from Dolmabahçe Palace and other sights in Beyoğlu.

  • traveloturc's Profile Photo

    Very Bosphorus


    Is the Çiragan Palace Hotel Kempinski Istanbul the most luxurious hotel in the city?
    Many people think so.I can agree that its the best hotel in bosphorus
    The Çiragan (CHEE-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 Çiragan Palace—that gives the hotel its caché.I use to play football in this ground.
    The hotel itself is a modern building designed in harmony with the restored palace. The 284 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 Yildiz Park, the forests and gardens surrounding Yildiz 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.
    If you plan to stay at the Kempinski for its Bosphorus views, be sure your room has one view !

  • amazingclick's Profile Photo

    Best place to stay in Istanbul


    The stay was awesome. We landed in Cirigan after almost a 20 hour journey all the way from India. The rooms, the staff, the location and the luxury. I mean in all my life this must have been one of the best places I have stayed in...and I have travelled a lot. Wifi is on the house all over the hotel and since I was travelling with a friend who works in a big american corporate company, we got a room for like US $ 180 a night which I thought was a steal for this place.

    Unique Quality: Excellent views, superb service.

    Directions: Just ask any taxi fellow to take you to "chirigan" palace. Thats the way it is pronounced.

  • Saagar's Profile Photo

    A fantastic hotel on the Bosphorus


    Being treated like a king doesn't hurt once in a while? At Ciragan I was having the feeling of being the emperor...
    I stayed three nights on a work-related trip and my hosts scooped up everything related to accommodation and transport - a truly fantastic stay despite all the work that I had to do in exchange for this service....

    Unique Quality: This rates among the very best hotels I have ever stayed at - anywhere. A combination of the setting on the Bosphorus, the grand room with the breakfast veranda on the Bosphorus and the spacious outside areas and park-like courtyard, super service and even better food. The restaurant Tugra was a culinary highlight during my stay. And I did try several other renowned places. Easy access to sights and facilities in the city.

    Directions: Up past the Golden Horn, on the Bosphorus' European side.

  • ophiro's Profile Photo

    Ciragan Palace Hotel


    If you are a rich man and you want to enjoy your vacation in Istanbul with style this is the perfect place for you !

    Ciragan hotel was once a palace and he looks like one.

    The most simple room will cost you 380 USD per night and the best room 9000 USD !!!

    We went inside to see the place and to enjoy the beautiful view from the coffee bar outside.

    Unique Quality: 9000 USD per night ! - i guess you can figure it out by yourself.

  • PeterVancouver's Profile Photo

    An absolutely fabulous hotel


    This was unfortunately a one night only hotel, as with prices for a standard from 500 Euro per night for a double room and the top of the range suites at something over $11,000 per night, it was not the place I could stay for too long. A great experience if you can afford it. Its location is about 45 min from the airport and to help save a little for the hotel costs, you can take a bus into the center of Istanbul and then take a cab for the 10 min journey to the Ciragen Palace (many Taxi drivers don’t recognize it as Kempinski)

    Kempinski do offer an early booking pre paid discount of around 20% depending on the time of year

    Unique Quality: The grounds which are massive, run parallel with the Bosphorus and is from the grounds or maybe the passing tourist boats that you can really appreciate this hotel, which has an increadible history. From the pathway in the grounds alongside the Bospherous, you are within 1000m of the bridge connecting Europe with Asia.

  • Lion_Beat's Profile Photo

    The most expensive of them all


    Ciragan Palace Kempisnki is the most expensive hotel in Istanbul, the place for regal weddings and the residence for kings, princes and sheyh's. And you can imagine why, Cirgan Palace was once the residence of the last Ottoman Sultans.
    The Hotel itself is an addiacent building, although not the palace still in the same luxury style.

    Unique Quality: Even if you do not intend to stay at Cirgan Palace Hotel you can still visit it just to see the magnificent luxury palace, and while there enjoy the marvelous view on The Bosphorus and visit one of the restaurants there.

    Directions: on the European bank of the Bosphorus, on Ciragan Boulevard.

  • KaterinaJordan's Profile Photo

    Luxurious stay


    For those who can afford it, it is worth to choose it!!

    Unique Quality: Located just in front of Bosporus. When visiting it (you can just go and drink a coffee) ask in the reception to show you the way to the palace. It is amazing!!

  • diageva's Profile Photo

    A palace at the Bosphorus


    The residence of the last Ottoman Sultans now an luxury hotel with a swimming pool at the shore of the Bosphorus, where you think that you are swimming at it. A magic place with magic views and beautiful architecture. It have an old (original) and a modern part. I remember the red magnificent curtains and gorgeous furniture.

    At the bar a beautiful piano. At the garden, all full of candles, in summer, a wonderful dinner buffet. Inside a jewel shop that must been seen and a bakery shop that must been also seen :)

    Unique Quality: The arquitecture and views to the Bosphorus... all is unique ...

  • Erkmen's Profile Photo

    Deluxes Hotels in Istanbul


    In Istanbul you can find hundreds of Hotels. I will try to cllasify them according to their prices and Quality..

    Ciragan Palace kempinski: The Best Hotel in Istanbul, Just on the edge of Bosphorus. The old Ciragan palace has turned in to a modern and Luxuries hotel. For very special guests and events. Price range is above 300,-USD per nite.

    Four Seasons Hotel: Once a prison, now turned out to be a deluxe hotel in a neo classicc style in Istanbul, at the centre of Touristy area. Price range is above 300,- USD per nite.

    Directions: Ciragan Palace:Ciragan Caddesi No:84
    80700 Besiktas - Istanbul

    Four Seasons hotel: Tevfikhane Sokak No:1 34490 Sultanahmet / Eminönü - Istanbul

  • Avryle's Profile Photo

    Location and prestige


    The hotel the wee mortals stay in is actually an annex beside the palace only the VIPs get to stay in the super lux suites inside the palace. As you can see by the pic, it's right on the water which is lovely at night. The website says $1000 per night, but the rooms were running $450.

    To clarify any possible misunderstandings, I did not stay here. I had one member make a snotty comment about my complaints of expensive entry fees, thinking I was paying (and could actually afford) $450 per night.

    Unique Quality: Some rooms offer wonderful views of the Bosphorus, others, a wall.

    Directions: Besiktas

  • Nobbe's Profile Photo

    Ciragan Palace


    The Cirigan Palace Hotel Kempinski Istanbul is actually two hotels; the restored Sultan's Palace itself and a grand deluxe hotel featuring five star luxury.

    Unique Quality: The area where Ciragan Palace now stands was known in the 17th century as Kazancioglu Garden. The place itself has a great history which you can read about at the website below.

    Directions: The hotel is situated directly on the European shores of the Bosphorus.

  • Carlo-B.'s Profile Photo

    Ciragan Palace Hotel...


    Ciragan Palace Hotel kempinksky is by far the best one in istanbul. It is a luxurious hotel, the Romms with view on the bosphorus are horrendous expensive but just On the bosphourus, all with terrasse.

    Swiss Hotel Bosphorus has also beautiful view on the bosphorus but it is about 400m behind on a hill.

    the pera palace is an historical hotel, which is still unchanged since the time, the 'orient express travellers stopped there. One can visit the room where Agatha Christie used to sleep.

    This is a picture of the Ciragan palace Hotel Kempinsky.
    Ciragan palace , bosphorus view: about 250-300 USD pp a night.
    Swiss hotel, bosphorus view: about 150 USD pp a night.

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Taxi from the airport

by ChristopherV

Will be staying at the Ciragan Palace and arrive at Istanbul Airport at 10:50PM. Is a taxi the right choice? Safe? Cost of a taxi ride?

Re: Taxi from the airport

by cemkilickaya

normally taxi costs about 25 -30 euro from AÝrport to Çýraðan all airport taxies are safe but sometimes they are using long ways (it means sometimes taximeter shows 50-55 euro) i recommend Retur Transport Company . I used 2 times . very comfortable private minibus cost is 25 Euro. if you want to take it their mail address is

Re: Re: Taxi from the airport

by Ivan_Jimenez

Forget about websites emails, whatever...
Just get to the VERY MODERN airport, cross the exit doors, jump in a taxi and tell the guy Ciragan Palace (pronounced Chiran...). Tell them to go by the Bosphorus.
Stop worrying about safety... this is just a taxi ride..


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Address: Ciragan Caddesi 32, Besiktas, Istanbul, 34349, Turkey