Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, and the only city in the world that lies on two continents – Europe and Asia. This vibrant city is a combination of the archaic and the modern. Here, traditions and history co-exist with modern infrastructure and amenities. It is a destination where people can look at the beautiful architecture from the ottoman empire in Turkey in forms of mosques and churches, as well as enjoy the avant-garde galleries, restaurants, and nightclubs.
This unique combination of new and old, make Istanbul a hot-spot for tourists.
With comfortable and moderate temperatures, spring and autumn are the best seasons to visit the city. On arrival visas are issued at all airports in Turkey and return tickets are not required.
So, once you are in Istanbul, you might want to know your options of where to put up. One such beautiful and luxurious hotel in the city is Çırağan Palace Kempinski. Located on the shores of the magnificent Bosphorus – a strait that forms part of the boundary between Europe and Asia, facing the Asian continent and overlooking the ancient city, Çırağan Palace Kempinski, offers the glamour of a genuine Ottoman palace. With its splendid style, superb location, fascinating view and resort ambiance, including a spacious green garden with palm trees, it has been an Istanbul classic.
Since its opening, Çırağan Palace Kempinski has been the only hotel in Istanbul reachable in three ways – by limousine, yacht and helicopter. It has seen countless eminent figures come through its doors, including heads of state, royalty, artists and celebrities. Luciano Pavarotti, John F. Kennedy Jr., Robert De Niro, Donna Karan, Michael Schumacher, Silvio Berlusconi, Bernard Lacoste, Sophia Loren, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, Kofi Annan, Queen Beatrix of Holland, Oprah Winfrey, U2 and Madonna are only a few of the many famous guests.
With its 313 rooms, including 20 suites in the hotel and 11 suites in the historical palace, it reflects a harmonious blend for both the leisure and the business traveler. Guests staying at the palace suites, including the Sultan Suite, one of the biggest in Europe, enjoy 24-hour private butler service and absolute privacy, including a private entrance and a lounge.
With 80 per cent of rooms offering a Bosphorus view, rooms facing the Bosphorus or the Yıldız Park, which was once the hunting forest of the Sultans, are spacious, comfortable and offer a fine definition of refined luxury. Rooms with a Bosphorus view can see the Asian coast from Europe, and depending on the wing they are located in they may have a view of the Old City, including the famous Maiden’s Tower or the Bosphorus Bridge.
The Sultan Suite is a 376 square meter spacious suite located on the second floor of the magnificent historical palace. One of the largest suites in Europe and equipped with the state-of-the-art technology and features, the Sultan suite is the best room in which to enjoy the marvelous view and feel the soul of this historical palace that Ottoman sultans once called home.
Entering the suite through a large hall, guests will come across a fancy living room with two large bedrooms placed on either side. A kitchenette is conveniently located on the right side of the entrance hall. The master bedroom has a very comfortable air bed, a handmade marble “hamam” and a Turkish bath with a private steam room and rain shower with gold plated and crystal bathtub faucets. The guest bedroom also has its own bathroom with a large window overlooking historical peninsula.