İstanbul, 21 December 2023; Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul proudly stands as the exclusive representative of Türkiye, earning its place on Condé Nast Traveler’s prestigious ‘The Gold List 2024.’ Condé Nast Traveler’s highly anticipated ‘Gold List’, an annual compilation meticulously curated by editors, has unveiled 68 exceptional hotels and resorts globally, eagerly awaited by travellers seeking the epitome of luxury and excellence. As the sole Turkish representative on the list of the world’s best hotels, Çırağan Palace Kempinski is set to make a grand entrance into the new year, elevating its allure with a stunning redesign encompassing the hotel’s rooms, restaurant, and lobby.
Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, adorned with numerous prestigious accolades, has secured a coveted spot on Travel + Leisure’s ‘500 Best Hotels in the World (T+L 500) List,’ a testament to its global acclaim, while also being honoured as one of the ‘Readers’ 3 Favourite Hotels in Istanbul’ in the same publication, consolidating its esteemed status among discerning travellers. It has been awarded ‘Best Hotel in Europe’ by the Ultratravel Collection Travel Awards ‘The ULTRAs,’ an award program for ultra-luxury hotels worldwide; ‘Five-Star’ by Forbes Travel Guide’s 2023 Star Awards, which evaluates luxury hotels, restaurants and spas on a global scale; ‘Europe’s Leading Hotel 2023’, ‘Türkiye’s Leading Hotel Suite: Sultan Suite’, ‘Türkiye’s Leading Luxury Hotel’, ‘Türkiye’s Leading Heritage Hotel’ and ‘World’s Leading Heritage Hotel’ from the World Travel Awards, the travel industry’s most prestigious awards program; and ‘Türkiye’s Best Hotel Spa’ from the World Spa Awards, one of the spa industry’s most prestigious awards programs. Çırağan Palace further consolidated its standing as one of Türkiye’s premier hotels by earning recognition at the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. The E-Commerce Summit, an event that acknowledges outstanding brands, also honoured Çırağan Palace with the distinguished ‘Best Hotel Brand of the Year’ award, a recognition bestowed by the esteemed Marketing Türkiye Platform. During the Business Development Conference hosted by Kempinski Hotels, Çırağan Palace’s Public Relations and Marketing team was honoured with the prestigious title of ‘Best PR and Social Media Team’ among Kempinski Hotels globally. Moreover, the hotel showcased its digital prowess by securing victory in the ‘Social Media Hotel’ category at the Social Media Awards presented by the renowned marketing publication Marketing Türkiye magazine.
Prestigious Gastronomy Awards
Çırağan Palace’s iconic Tuğra Restaurant has garnered esteemed and invaluable accolades in the realm of gastronomy, consolidating its position as a distinguished culinary destination. In 2023, Tuğra earned a coveted spot on the Michelin Guide’s ‘Recommended’ list, the pinnacle of gastronomic recognition. In 2024, it not only retained its place on the prestigious list but also secured the esteemed ‘Service Award’ from Michelin Guide officials, reaffirming its exceptional culinary and service excellence. Under the leadership of Emre İnanır, Tuğra Restaurant achieved further culinary acclaim, earning an impressive two hats in the Chef’s Tables category from Gault&Millau, a highly esteemed gastronomic rating system globally recognised for its discerning evaluations. Tuğra’s Restaurant Manager İsmail Kahveci was honoured with the title of Best Restaurant Manager and the hotel’s General Manager Ralph Radtke received the prestigious award in the special category of ‘Best Hospitality Award’, further underscoring the excellence and leadership within Çırağan Palace. Simultaneously, Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul and Tuğra Restaurant achieved distinction as winners in TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards. Tuğra Restaurant capped off a remarkable year of accolades by clinching the prestigious ‘Best Hotel Restaurant in Türkiye’ award at the World Culinary Awards, solidifying its standing as an outstanding culinary destination within one of the most esteemed awards programs in the food and beverage industry.
Ralph Radtke, General Manager of Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, shared his reflections on the hotel’s accolades stating, ‘In 2023, we enthusiastically welcomed the year with the redesign of our hotel’s rooms and restaurants, introducing the refreshed and revitalised ambience to guests from around the world throughout the year. Receiving these prestigious awards in such a significant year served as a tremendous source of motivation for our entire team. Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul consistently prioritises its destination, specifically Türkiye and Istanbul, in all promotional endeavours, establishing itself as a noteworthy global representative in this regard. We take immense pride in accepting these awards on behalf of Turkish tourism. Our heartfelt gratitude extends to all national and international institutions, as well as our esteemed guests, whose recognition deemed us worthy of these significant accolades.’