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Ciragan Palace Kempinski

Address: 32 Çiragan Caddesi

Neighborhood:

City: Istanbul

Phone: 212-326-4646

Website: www.kempinski.com/istanbul

Expert Review

For us, the Çiragan Palace Kempinski has the edge over its other magnificent, expensive competitors, because it is possible to have an amazing luxury experience here in one of the world's most awe-inspiring locations at rates that, while substantial, won't be as heart-stopping as the views. The marble palace houses 14 opulent suites (from $3,000/night, with a private butler), while the newer hotel tower, dating from the 1990s, has more reasonable rooms and suites, each with a balcony. Gazing at the historic Bosporus is a big part of the appeal, in addition to having a sultan's palace, royal gardens, and a seaside promenade at your fingertips. Best season for value: winter. 2008 Smart Luxury Award Winner

Great Value Alternative: In busy Sultanahmet, the Empress Zoe is a serene retreat. www.emzoe.com

Tags: luxury | expensive | smart splurge | smart luxury winner | jim's pick

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