A superb location on Bosporus channel, beautiful buildings, large attractive rooms with views, memorable food with excellent service in attractive restaurants with views, a great spa and fitness facilities, including large pools, helpful concierges. The Ciragan Palace has them all.
We arrived after an exhausting twenty-seven hour home-to-hotel journey. After a quick, private check-in, we were led directly to the Hamam (Turkish bath) where we were drenched and scrubbed down in thick foam and soap suds for almost an hour and then rinsed in buckets of very hot water. This was followed by an hour's massage. What a way to ameliorate the ravishes of severe jet lag! Only then were we led to our large room on the top floor with a balcony looking over the channel. In the evening we dressed and walked over to the original Sultan's palace for dinner at the hotel Turkish restaurant looking over the Bosporus. The food, (Turkish) wine and service were superb.
The next morning and for the following two, we enjoyed the finest continental buffet breakfast we have ever experienced anywhere. Many types of breads, all the usual western pastries along with Turkish pastries saturated with honey, many types of fruits and juices. Cold meats and cheeses abounded. Turkish and Asian cold offerings filled a separate table.Full hot breakfasts all also available.
The restaurants and public areas are stunning with marble floors, columns,beautifully tiled walls, and Turkish carpets throughout. The shops are all interesting with enticing goods.
That's the good news.You must arrive fully aware that this is a temple devoted to unrestrained self-indulgence. If you feel guilty spending very large sums of cash on yourself, don't even think about reserving a room or a meal here. Our two hour spa experience cost us just less than a grand with tip, and our dinner was over $300. You can check the room rates for yourself.
This was our fourth visit. Would we come again? You bet!
If you come to this hotel, you MUST get a room overlooking the Bosporus!
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I truly appreciate you taking the time to write such a detailed review with great comments, and we are glad to hear that we were able to meet your expectations during your 4th stay with us back in October .
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