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
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.
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
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
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.
More information for this hotel
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
Close to this area are some of Istanbul's most famous open-air restaurants and
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
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
- 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
Park View Room
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
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
Deluxe Sea View Room
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
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.
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
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 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 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 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
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
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
- Exclusive Palace Suites with 24-Hour Butler Service
- Dry Cleaning shop
- Indoor & Outdoor Pools
- Turkish Hammam
- Exercise Room
- Business Facilities available 24 hours
- Health Club
- Steam Bath
- Fitness 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
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
- Free use of the Çırağan Club for one accompanied outside
- Express check-out on request.
- Early check-in and late check-out guaranteed.
- Priority booking for Çırağan Palace restaurants and
- 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
- 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
- One set of clothes for complimentary pressing upon check-in.
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.
Food & Beverages
The Pearl of the classical Turkish and Ottoman
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
Gazebo Lounge & Restaurant (Open 24 hours)
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
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
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.
Check-in / Check-out Policy
Check-in: from 12:00 h
Check-out: until 10:00 h