Çirağan Palace Kempinski
Staying at this former Imperial Ottoman Palace—an elaborate, Arabian-style compound that the empire’s sultans called home—may easily give you delusions of grandeur. It’s hard not to feel like royalty as you stroll through the expansive property, where palms, pools, landscaped gardens, and hammock-dotted paths front the Bosporus. Retiring to your quarters may present the same problem—especially if you’ve booked one of the 31 suites, decked out with rich wood paneling and private balconies.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.