This review is specifically for Le Fumoir - which is the bar (or cigar bar) inside (and in back of) the Ciragan Palace hotel in Istanbul.
- Incredible setting
- Beautiful surroundings, lighting, the huge palace next door
- A palace on one side, a river on the other, lights across the way, a lit up bridge on the other side.
This place is the nicest setting in which I've smoked a cigar, other than hanging out poolside with my father. It is beautiful, with elegant an interesting people around. The staff is top notch.
- A single Montecristo #2 is US $60. That's 3 times the local retail price. A shot of Johnnie Walker Blue is also $60. That's the highest I've seen anywhere.
So if you can drop the money, it's a great place to go. I don't know if there's a tobacco charge if you bring your own, but if you have cigars, bring 'em.
Despite the $$$$ I highly recommend the place if you are looking for a cigar bar.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cıragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul offers the ultimate in luxury and glamour of a genuine Ottoman Palace with its 313 rooms including 22 suites in the hotel and 11 suites in the historical Palace. This 5-star luxury Imperial Palace hotel is located on the shores of the magnificent Bosphorus overlooking the ancient city of Istanbul, provides a one-of-a-kind experience with its historical ambiance and excellent Kempinski service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul Hotel Istanbul
- Ciragan Palace Kempinski Hotel Istanbul
- Istanbul Ciragan Palace Kempinski
- Kempinski Istanbul