Stairs at Ciragan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul
Formerly the palace of an Ottoman Sultan, the Ciragan Palace Kempinski is the grand dame of Istanbul. It wows guests at every turn, from the sprawling, manicured grounds, to the heated infinity pool right on the Bosphorus, to the refined suites. The dining options are extensive and exceptional; the spa is lovely; and the meeting space housed in the original palace building makes an ornate setting for a business function or wedding. It's arguably the city's top luxury option, but it's far from the popular tourist sights in Sultanahmet.
The Outdoor Pool at the Ciragan Palace Kempinski-001
The Sultan Suite at Ciragan Palace Kempinski
Hammam at Ciragan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul
Ciragan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul