A Brand-new Era

A Brand-new Era

12 Jun 2023

A Brand-new Era Carrying Traces of the Past Has Begun at Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul

Istanbul, 14 June 2023 One of the most important symbols of the city with its unique location on the Bosphorus, magnificent architecture, rich history, and unparalleled beauty, the legendary Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul stepped into a brand-new era under the dominance of the combination of historical textures with modern elegance, after its extensive redesign project in the hotel building.

Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, which is the indispensable address of distinguished travellers from all over the world with its magnificent nobility and unique location, invites its guests to an exciting journey between the past and the future after the redesign process in the hotel building. The entrance, lobby, rooms, suites and two new restaurants, whose every detail has been redesigned with inspiration from the history and architecture of the Çırağan Palace, defy time with their admirable styles.

Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul takes on a timeless identity by shining again with the original interpretation of Toner Architects and Ottoman Art Expert Serdar Gülgün.

Being managed by Kempinski, Europe's oldest luxury hotel group, Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, evolves its entire hotel building into an even more impressive appearance with a poetic transformation. With the redesign of the hotel entrance, lobby, rooms, suites and two new restaurants, the most elegant and magnificent details of Ottoman art emphasise the perfect unity of the historical texture with the contemporary perspective. The classic design elements, dominated by an innovative style, are reminiscent of a different story in every corner from the moment the guests step into the hotel, immortalising original sections of the past. The elegantly designed entrance of the redesigned hotel section bears traces of the palace gardens. Lattice columns, a dome-shaped ceiling, specially designed chandeliers, the floor paved with podima pebbles inspired by the garden of Topkapı Palace, and the marble ornamental fountain create a unique integrity. The magnificent hotel lobby meets with the splendour of burgundy tones in which Iznik ceramics inspired by the 16th and 17th Iznik tiles, flamboyant chandeliers inspired by Murano chandeliers, an octagonal sitting group that is frequently seen in the centre of very large palace halls, adorned with turtle figures that refer to the history of the Çırağan Palace and at the same time represent wisdom and longevity and many more magnificent pieces come together.

The traditional magnificence of the Ottoman Empire draws attention in the redesign of the hotel rooms and suites.

Grand Deluxe Ciragan Bosphorus View Room, Guest Room, On-Site

In the rooms and suites, which reflect the modernised version of the Ottoman heritage with the creative and aesthetic touches of sought-after Ottoman Art Expert Serdar Gülgün, rare decorative objects stand out with their elegant magnificence and authentic delicacy. Corridors in striped styles designed with inspiration from ostentatious Ottoman tents, special headboards adorned with cintemani, tulips and patterned fabrics used in Ottoman art, mother-of-pearl furniture, armchairs inspired by the art of marbling, marble bathrooms referring to the deep-rooted Turkish bath tradition, and such design details containing many-layered stories, perfectly complement the unique nobility of the Çırağan Palace in the redesigned rooms and suites. The top-level suite in the hotel building offers a unique accommodation experience with its unique fabrics, furniture and accessories with fascinating designs, a bathroom with a hammam, a dining room section decorated with a special wallpaper made from an old Bosphorus engraving, and large balconies overlooking the Bosphorus.

Ciragan Bosphorus View King Room, Guest Room, On-Site

Two brand-new restaurants offer guests a unique gastronomic experience.

The two new restaurants located in the hotel building are appreciated not only for their designs but also for their menus and service styles. 

Serving in the concept of a chef’s restaurant, Akdeniz by Esra Muslu welcomes taste lovers at Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul with its unparalleled theme of Mediterranean cuisine. Esra Muslu's successful career, which has crossed continents with her talent and spectacular taste, and her restaurant, which introduces unique Turkish flavours in London and has earned a spot on the Michelin Guide’s favourite places list, are the defining factors of the taste and restaurant identity exclusive to Akdeniz by Esra Muslu. As one of the most successful female chefs of Türkiye, Muslu keeps the Turkish traditions alive while interpreting them for Çırağan Palace with Mediterranean touches. In the restaurant, which has a large seating area, designed in a modular system that gives the feeling of passing from one place to another. The delicious plates are prepared for sharing and cooked on a wood fire.

Restaurant, Restaurant, Dining Area, Dining, On-Site

These dishes are accompanied by attractive decorations with a Mediterranean theme in the lush gardens of Çırağan Palace and the enchanting view of the Bosphorus. The first area entered in the restaurant, the library and the waiting area, dominated by green colours, welcomes the guests with their warm and comfortable atmosphere. The area right after it invites the guests to the Mediterranean garden, with folding screens covered with special wallpapers on which many trees unique to the Mediterranean are located. The blue, white and red furniture upholstery and details in the restaurant come together with giant cubes and elegant vases referenced from Ottoman tiles, reflecting the warmth and vitality of the Mediterranean. With its eye-catching design and warm, friendly concept, the restaurant invites guests to a dazzling feast.

Gazebo, which is one of the most popular taste stops in the city with its flamboyant ambiance, service style and menu, adapts the Ottoman garden art to the present in its new design. The interior of the space, which opens to a wonderful garden overlooking the Bosphorus, also contains natural beauties and takes on the concept of a magnificent palace garden, in accordance with the garden plan created by dividing the gardens into four symmetrical parts in the Ottoman Empire. Four separate square seating groups fill the four corners of Gazebo, whose historical texture is reinforced with an ornamental fountain in the centre and a huge cage stylized with Ottoman arches. The sitting groups reflect the elegance of rose, tulip, carnation and hyacinth flowers, which are said to be based on Ottoman art. Tones that evoke nature show themselves in decorative elements such as chairs, armchairs and pillows, while they create a heartwarming harmony. Offering delicious sandwiches, à la carte breakfast service, salads, light snacks, delicious afternoon tea, special drinks and much more in its stylish and spacious atmosphere with a high ceiling; Gazebo continues to bring the most qualified form of luxury, taste, elegance, and comfort to its guests in its brand-new ambiance.

Restaurant, Restaurant, Dining Area, Dining, On-Site

Ralph Radtke: “We have stepped into a brand-new era where we blend a sophisticated style with a unique harmony inspired by the history of the Çırağan Palace.”

Ralph Radtke, General Manager of Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul and Regional Director of Kempinski Residences Türkiye, says, “At Çırağan Palace Kempinski, which hosts a unique luxury experience, we will make our guests experience the feeling of spending time in a real palace with our redesigned hotel rooms, suites, lobby, hotel entrance and restaurants. We will be pleased to host our distinguished guests from all over the world at Çırağan Palace Kempinski, where we bring together the most sophisticated form of Turkish hospitality with a unique luxury inspired by the history of Çırağan Palace. It is a worldwide known award-winning hotel that has always kept destination marketing a priority, promoted Turkish hospitality and Istanbul in the best possible way.

About Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul:

The only Ottoman Imperial Palace and Hotel on the Bosphorus that once hosted Sultans, Çırağan Palace has a heritage that dates back to the 17th century. The building had different formations, including a waterside summer villa and a marble palace. After a complete restoration and with the addition of a modern hotel building, including elegant rooms, restaurants and meeting venues, the Hotel and Palace opened in 1991 as an accommodation and event venue managed by Kempinski, Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Being a landmark, Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul has elegantly redesigned rooms and suites in the hotel building, including 11 private palace suites in the historical Çırağan Palace. Moreover, it continues to be the iconic place to host the most prestigious and extravagant events, meetings and weddings in Türkiye, with beautiful indoor and outdoor venue alternatives. Since its opening, the Çırağan Palace has continued to be the symbol of luxury combined with legendary Turkish hospitality and impeccable service dedicated to excellence. Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul is also very proud to be appreciated and awarded by many leading local and international valuable authorities, publications, and guests.

Media contact:

Cansu BAŞ · Marketing and Public Relations Manager                   

Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul

Çırağan cad. 32 34349 Besiktas İstanbul, Türkiye

T +90 212 326 46 46 · [email protected]