Royal Treatment For Pint-Sized Pashas

The Ciragan Palace Kempinski Introduces Innovative Children's Programs

Many hotels have children’s promotions, but few are as inventive as the Princes and Princesses Program introduced this month by Istanbul’s Çýraðan Palace Kempinski.

The fun begins the moment children arrive at the hotel’s front desk, where they (or Mom and Dad) complete a specially created registration form asking about their interests and expectations. Each child is presented with a backpack that contains the “Kids’tanbul” brochure, a coloring book and pens. The “Kids’tanbul” brochure is a pint-sized city guide that includes information about museums, toy stores, game parks, bakeries and a litany of child-friendly activities and sites in Istanbul.

Before kids head off to their rooms, staff members place Sultans’ crowns on their heads, and take their photographs. The resulting picture, elegantly framed, is presented to each child at check-out, complete with the rubric, “When I was a prince/princess at the Çýraðan Palace Kempinski.”

When they enter their rooms, a variety of treats await: bathrobes and slippers designed to fit the smallest guests, tear-free bath products, a teddy bear on the bed, and delicious snacks, chocolates, macaroons and milk.

Children also receive special treatment at the Çýraðan Palace Kempinski restaurants, where special kids’ menus are de rigueur. All meals are free for children under the age of 6, and there is a 50% discount for children between 6 and 12 years of age.

The hotel — some of whose public rooms and finest suites occupy the former Sultan’s palace — reflects a harmonious blend of the old and the new amid elegant surroundings, lavish décor and every modern convenience. The hotel is comprised of 11 luxurious VIP suites, 22 suites and 280 luxury rooms. In the Palace Wing, the Tuðra Restaurant serves traditional Ottoman and Turkish dishes. The Laledan Restaurant in the hotel wing features the freshest seafood and other mezzes and the Gazebo Lounge, famous for afternoon tea with breathtaking views of the Bosphorus, also serves lunch and dinner.

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