You deserve a regal experience on your special day, no less than the royals of yore. And Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul understands this well. By Bayar Jain
Dating back to the 17th century, Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul embodies royalty in each of its offerings. An erstwhile residence of sultans, this majestic property now holds the enviable status of being the only Ottoman imperial palace and hotel on the mighty Bosphorus.
The 310 rooms here—which include 279 rooms and 20 suites in the main hotel, and 11 more suites in the imperial palace section—personify opulence at their core. Take the Sultan Suite, for instance. Located on the second floor of the historical palace, this sprawling room has clinched the title of being one of the largest suites in Europe. The suite’s large hall segues into a living room with a dining area large enough to seat 12. This is accompanied by a kitchenette, two bedrooms, a guest bathroom, and panoramic views of the Bosphorus beyond the sash windows. The opulent Pasha & Presidential Suite, situated on the top floor, features a lavish lounge with a writing desk—signing your thank-you cards for the wedding will seem like a royal affair here. The swimming-pool- facing Asian section, with a private garden dotted with lush palm trees; and the Grand Deluxe Bosphorus View Room, with a 180 degree view of the Bosphorus, the Old City and Maiden’s Tower are the other spectacular accommodations on offer here.
Stays aside, a celebration is made truly special with its food; and Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul doesn’t disappoint. Embark on a culinary journey at the fine-dining restaurants Tuğra, the Gazebo, or Laledan. Or continue with the after-party in the bustling bars and quirky pop-up venues—The 47, Le Fumoir, and Berthold.
When here, trust the lavish venues to make every fairy-tale wedding a reality. Whether you’re seeking pure romance, a grand celebration, or an intimate family reception, the wedding professionals here seamlessly orchestrate the perfect setup, down to the gorgeous wedding cake. The legendary Palace Terrace, overlooking the Bosphorus, creates the ideal background for stunning photographs, while the elegant function rooms—with their high-ceilinged grandeur—cater to large-scale events. For an outdoor celebration, head to the expansive, beautifully landscaped, green gardens. No matter the setting you choose, a memorable nuptial here is guaranteed. kempinski.com/istanbul