Ok, the hotel is amazing if you are a Saudi sheikh. I am not and felt completely out of place. At check-in, you are greeted by hostesses with Louis Vitton bags - enough said! Everything there is over the top.
Frankly, I stayed there because it was recommended by Amex and my company had negotiated a good deal - and it was fine for one night. But I wouldn't want to spend more time there. The hotel is very posh, clean, but extremely expensive and its clientele, it seems, thrives on spending as much as possible. Breakfast buffet is about US$50 and a tea or coffee will set you back about US$10. Also, I ended up taking one of their taxis to the airport and it was a complete rip-off - paid 1.5 times more than what I paid coming there. So, apparently, the place comes with a surcharge of sorts. Overall, the place isn't bad, it's just that it caters to a specific kind of traveler and this needs to be clear to the person going there before the trip begins.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cıragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul offers the ultimate in luxury and glamour of a genuine Ottoman Palace with its 313 rooms including 22 suites in the hotel and 11 suites in the historical Palace. This 5-star luxury Imperial Palace hotel is located on the shores of the magnificent Bosphorus overlooking the ancient city of Istanbul, provides a one-of-a-kind experience with its historical ambiance and excellent Kempinski service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul Hotel Istanbul
- Ciragan Palace Kempinski Hotel Istanbul
- Istanbul Ciragan Palace Kempinski
- Kempinski Istanbul