If you are looking for a feast, a party, or luxurious accommodation to celebrate the New Year, here is the list of Istanbul’s hotels and restaurants making special offers.
Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul
To celebrate the holidays, special brunch is 320 TL per person from noon–4pm throughout December; afternoon tea is 170 TL per person 3–5pm from December 1–23.
From December 24–25, Christmas afternoon tea is 250 TL per person served from 3–5pm. Christmas dinner on December 24 at Laledan restaurant is 800 TL per person.
New Year’s Eve dinner is 1,000 TL per person at Tuğra restaurant and 900 TL at Laledan restaurant, including a welcome drink. An after party with DJ performances will be held at Le Fumoir garden. On January 1, New Year brunch is offered from noon–4pm, 800 TL per person. Guest staying at Çırağan Palace on December 31 can enjoy a private dinner in their room with presentation and service at the price of 2,000 TL per person. For restaurant reservations contact (0212) 236 73 33
The hotel also offers Christmas and New Year accommodation packages, including luxurious room, daily buffet breakfast, and holiday dinner. For details and reservations contact (0212) 326 45 00. Çırağan Caddesi No.32, Beşiktaş; www.kempinski.com
Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus holds special Christmas event for children and parents. On December 15, both kids and adults can have fun during the fairy tale day and New Year party. Cumhuriyet Caddesi No.50, Şişli; T: (0212) 315 60 00
Hilton Istanbul Maslak celebrates the New Year with three musical acts: singer Şevval Sam, modern jazz group Purple Hand Band, and DJ Ongun Kösedağ. A special accommodation package is also available. Büyükdere Caddesi No.233, Maslak; T: (0212) 305 10 00; www.istanbulmaslak.hilton.com
Swissôtel The Bosphorus
Besides holiday special menu atGabbro Resto Bar, the Chalet, and Café Swiss, the hotel also offers a private party package at the loft Istanbul 1453, at the price of 10,000 euros with maximum 30 people. Acısu Sokaği No.19, Beşiktaş; T: (0212) 326 11 00; www.swissotel.com
Divan Istanbul present New Year’s special menu by chef Giancarlo Gattordo at its branches around the city. Divan Brasserie Beyoğlu offers dinner with DJ and live jazz performances at the price of 350 TL. Dinners at Divan Brasserie Bebek, Divan Brasserie Kalamış, and Divan Pub Erenköy is 320 TL. www.divan.com.tr
Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus
If you’re into nostalgic vibes, spend the night with one of the veterans of Turkish pop music, Erol Evgin. On December 31 at Conrad İstanbul Bosphorus’ ballroom, guest can not only enjoy the New Year’s dinner but appreciate the classic songs and jokes of Erol Evgin and his band. There is also a playground prepared for kids to have fun with their friends. Saray Caddesi No.5, Beşiktaş; T: (0212) 310 25 25
The St. Regis Istanbul
New Year’s Eve at St. Regis Brasserie will be celebrated with a special dinner and a DJ performance afterwards, from 11pm–2.30am. Mim Kemal Öke Caddesi No.35, Nişantaşı; T: (0212) 368 08 36; www.stregisbrasserie.com
New Year’s Eve dinner at Rocca restaurant is 1,200 TL per person and 1,000 TL at ISOKYO restaurant. New Year’s brunch is 385 TL per person. Accommodation packages including meals and party entry start from 1,500 euros for two. For details contact (0212) 924 02 00; www.raffles.com/istanbul
New Year’s Eve at W Istanbul will start at 7pm and continues with DJ performances from midnight to 5am. Guest can enjoy the music, party, and unlimited drinks for 500 TL. A private limited party room is another option. Süleyman Seba Caddesi. No 22, Akaretler; T: (0212) 381 21 21
The Académie Internationale de la Gastronomie awarded Safran restaurant offers a special menu and live Ottoman fasıl music. At City Lights restaurant, guests can enjoy the Bosphorus view and Dj performance lasting until the next day. The brasserie offers New Year buffet breakfast accompanied by live Jazz. For reservation call (0212) 368 44 44 or 0555 575 63 97; Asker Ocağı Caddesi No.1, Taksim
Fairmont Quasar İstanbul
On December 23, Christmas brunch is served with roasted turkey and international dishes. On New Year’s Eve, Stations restaurant offers an open buffet and live music by Cuban performer Suami Ramirez; Ukiyo lounge and bar serves Asian food with a special set menu and DJ performance accompanied by the Bosphorus view. You can also find holiday dishes and Christmas pastries atDemlique throughout December.
Hyatt Regency Istanbul Atakoy
If you’re looking for a choice near Atatürk airport, Hyatt Regency Istanbul Atakoy provides New Year’s Eve buffet and live music with vocal artist Solanch De La Rosa. The Christmas menu is 150 TL; the New Year menu starts from 280 TL with unlimited soft drinks and rooftop party at Vue is 120 TL per person. Ataköy 2-5-6. Kısım, Rauf Orbay Caddesi Sahil Yolu No.2/1, Bakırköy; T: (0212) 463 12 34
Popular for its Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, as well as for its cocktails, Glens offers a Christmas special on December 24 and a New Year special on December 31. Nish Palas Istanbul by Hyatt, Abdi İpekçi Caddesi No.12, Nişantaşı;T: (0212) 803 77 77
Spago Istanbul presents the complete New Year program form dinner, to party, to after party; ideal for those planning to spend the whole night and day out. DJ Doğuş Çabakçor will lighten up the New Year after midnight and the party goes until dawn. For details contact (0212) 368 0808 or [email protected]
Emphasizing Far East tastes, Mitte’s New Year menu plus unlimited alcohol is 700 TL. There is a minimum spend of 300 TL for those just attending the party starting at 11pm. Necatibey Caddesi No.66/A, Karaköy; www.mittekarakoy.com.tr
Featuring French cuisine, as well as Turkish and Mediterranean tastes, Neni Brasserie offers a special menu for New Year. Haldun Taner Sokak No.7/1, Caddebostan; T: (0216) 407 10 43
The Italian restaurant offers a special New Year’s menu, La Zucca In Cucina, from December 6 to January 31. Dilhayat Sk. No:7, Etiler; T: (0212) 265 51 86
With many branches spreading throughout the city, Günaydın restaurant offers New Year’s dinner with turkey prepared with chopped lamb liver, peanuts, rice, and currants, served with a special sauce and chestnuts. Find all branches on www.gunaydinet.com
For those prefer staying at home and spending a laid-back evening with family and friends, Develi restaurant brings the feast to your table. One of Istanbul’s most renowned names in the kebab business, Develi presents its New Year’s special menu featuring Antep style turkey and side dishes which you can order and enjoy without stepping out of your place. T: (0212) 529 08 33 34; www.develi1912.com