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Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul takes top titles at World Travel Awards

World Travel Awards president Graham Cooke, left, presents Çırağan Palace Kempinski general manager Ralph Radtke with the trophies

The spectacular Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul has showcased its award winning services at a media event in Abu Dhabi.

Dating back to the 17th century, the only Ottoman imperial palace and hotel on the Bosphorus and the first Turkish member of The Leading Hotels of the World was recently named World’s Leading Heritage Hotel, Europe’s Leading Hotel, Turkey’s Leading Hotel Suite: Sultan Suite by the World Travel Awards.

With its splendid style, superb location, fascinating view and resort ambiance, including a spacious green garden with palm trees, it has been an Istanbul icon since its opening.

This year, the iconic Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul also celebrates its 25th anniversary under the management of Kempinski Hotels.

With its 313 rooms, including 20 suites in the hotel and 11 suites in the historical palace, it reflects a harmonious blend of the heritage, haute couture service and Turkish hospitality ideal for leisure and the business travellers alike.

During their time at the hotel, guests may also enjoy rich variety of restaurants and feel themselves like an oasis in the city centre with its extensive leisure facilities including an infinity pool, spa services and spacious garden which is exclusively available only for Çırağan Palace Kempinski.

Located on the first floor of the historical palace, Tuğra Restaurant offers its guests “the ultimate Ottoman dining experience”, completed with timeless palatal rituals.

An al fresco summer dining spot on the Bosphorus the Bosphorus Grill is one of the top outdoor summer grill restaurants in the city with its stunning location and rare open buffet delicacies.

Çırağan Palace Kempinski general manager Ralph Radtke addresses an industry audience at Emirates Palace in Dubai as the property celebrates its 25 year partnership with Kempinski

Le Fumoir Pavilion is also another popular summer venue in the city as being the best ‘shisha with style’ offering venue in town with its superb tastes of flavours amidst the green garden and under the decorative lights hanging on the palm trees and with Çırağan Palace and Bosphorus view.

The infinity pool located in the gardens of Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, gives a feeling of floating on the Bosphorus and is also numerously featured as the best pool in the city via local and international publications.

Çırağan Palace Kempinski Spa, managed by Sanitas, offers authentic Turkish bath/”Hamam” experience where guests can enjoy a very special, traditional Turkish massage and bath.

Being a landmark, Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul is always the host to the most prestigious and extravagant events, meetings and weddings in the city.

Since its opening, Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul has been the only hotel in Istanbul reachable in three ways (by limousine, yacht or helicopter) and has seen countless eminent figures come through its doors, including government delegates, royal families, world stars and celebrities.

As being the ambassador of the legendary Turkish hospitality with impeccable service dedicated to excellence, Çırağan Palace always appreciated and awarded from many publications and authorities.

Take a look below to view an exclusive Breaking Travel News interview with Ralph Radtke, general manager of Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, as he describes the amazing history of the property: