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Winter Weddings & Other Banquets

Destination(s): Istanbul

If you wanted to get married in Istanbul this winter or any other, which venues would be most appropriate?

Or, if your boss asked you to organize a PR event this winter in Istanbul, where should you start looking at?

Hopefully, this guide will answer these questions. read more about Winter Weddings & Other Banquets

1001 Direk Sarnici

1001 Direk Sarnici

1001 Direk Sarnici (Cistern of 1001 Columns) is the second largest Byzantine cistern in Istanbul after the Basilica Cistern. It is deemed to have been built sometime during the 4th cc, after Byzantine Emperor Constantinus I summoned certain Roman Parliament Members to Istanbul -named as Constantinople back then. When the parliament members arrived, the Philoxenus palace was built next to the Hippodrome as home to these members; and the cistern was built to provide for the Palace's water demand. The Palace did not survive to date, but the cistern, which is also called the Philoxenus Cistern by some, remains. It too was closed until a few years ago. Since it has been re-opened, it is also being used to host cocktail parties, wedding ceremonies and other types of formal events as well. It is interesting to see, but not as overwhelming as to see the Basilica Cistern, which is underground. There is a small buffet to grab a coffee or tea -first tea comes as free with your entry ticket- and a small-scale exhibition inside as well.
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Marmara Esma Sultan (The )

Marmara Esma Sultan (The )

  • Muallim Naci Caddesi
  • Yalıçıkmazı Sokak 20
  • tel:+90 212 251 4696
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  • Istanbul, 34347
Ulus 29

Ulus 29

  • Ahmet Adnan Saygun Caddesi
  • Ulus Parki No.1, Ulus
  • tel:90 212 358 2929
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  • Istanbul

Despite a fairly good French-influenced menu, most of the moneyed clientele come here to be seen rather than eat. The well-heeled customers enter through a narrow corridor -a.k.a VIP-, walk over colorful old carpets and bright kilims (traditional Turkish rugs) into a wide saloon with an incredible view of the Bosphorus. Ulus 29 is located right above, on the same hill as the, Sunset Grill Bar & Restaurant. The two restaurants share the same aura, clientele and the view; and have slightly influenced menus, yet differ by the fact that Ulus 29 is a bar, restaurant and club. Even though dinner may end around midnight at 29, the 29 club is usually just starting by that time. The ostentatious dcor of both restaurant and the club area makes the whole place resemble a gigantic Bedouin tent. In summer, everyone prefers to dine on the open-air garden terrace with fabulous views of the Bosphorus. The menu covers a wide array of cuisines, but is fairly influenced by French, Ottoman Classics and Italian.
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Hyatt Regency Istanbul

Hyatt Regency Istanbul

  • Taskisla Caddesi Taksim
  • Taksim Square
  • tel:90 212 368 1234
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  • Istanbul, 80090

360 luxurious rooms and suites with views of Bosphorus and the city and modern amenities, such as high-speed internet and in-room kitchenettes, walk-in closets, dvd players and marble tubs, welcome you to the Hyatt Regency Istanbul. Located in the modern center of Istanbul, in the Taksim Square, Hyatt Regency offers convenience of transportation -thanks to the proximity of metro station and main bus stop. Hotel is also not very far away from the historic Old City Blue Mosque and other attractions, and is thus a comfortable choice for both business and leisure travelers. On-site facilities like the spa, swimming pool, fitness center, restaurant, business services and more, make every stay here a pleasurable one. Gaia Spa & Fitness Center, which "emerges from the fertile influence of a crossroads location and centuries-old bathing tradition to offer a truly modern spa and hammam in the heart of Istanbul (Hyatt Regency)," is also frequented by Istanbulites. read more about Hyatt Regency Istanbul

Conrad Istanbul

Conrad Istanbul

  • Cihannuma Mahallesi, Saray Caddesi No:5
  • Besiktas
  • tel:90 212 227 3000
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  • Beşiktaş, 34353

Conrad Istanbul stands high in the heart of Besiktas, with 14 floors of luxurious rooms of various categories. A flamboyant and grotesque entrance, nevertheless, radiating a warm welcome, hints right from the start, how the interior of the hotel is done up in soothing hues and how it pronounces elegance. All the guest rooms have their decor, get-up and style in perfect harmony with the elegance of the Conrad. Executive floors have an additional lounge with complimentary delicacies of Conrad, a welcoming aura and a bit of business emblem. The hotel houses upbeat amenities to make sure their guests enjoy their stay: fitness area that does not fail to meet the average needs of athletic clients, tennis court, ballrooms, conference rooms, a perfectly adequate beauty saloon among other facilities. The swimming pool is also very much liked for the summer season. This is a great choice for both business and leisure trips. read more about Conrad Istanbul

Çiragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul

Çiragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul

  • Çiragan Caddesi 32
  • tel:90 212 326 4646
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  • Istanbul, 34349
InterContinental Ceylan Instanbul

InterContinental Ceylan Instanbul

  • Asker Ocagi Caddesi No:1
  • Taksim
  • tel:90 212 368 4444
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  • Istanbul, 80200
Ritz-Carlton Istanbul (The)

Ritz-Carlton Istanbul (The)

  • Askerocaği Caddesi No. 15
  • Suzer Plaza, Elmadağ, Şişli
  • tel:90 212 334 4444
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  • Istanbul, 80200
Hilton Istanbul

Hilton Istanbul

  • Cumhuriyet Caddesi
  • Harbiye
  • tel:90 212 315 6000
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  • Istanbul, 80200
Swissôtel The Bosphorus

Swissôtel The Bosphorus

  • Bayildim Caddesi, 2
  • Maçka
  • tel:90 212 326 1100
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  • Istanbul, 34357