Take a virtual tour of the best hotel in Europe

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Europe’s best hotel isn’t found in London or Paris, Rome or Zurich. According to travel professionals, that title belongs to the Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul in Turkey, a property that was formerly an Imperial Ottoman palace. (Text and images: AFP)

Europe’s best hotel isn’t found in London or Paris, Rome or Zurich. According to travel professionals, that title belongs to the Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul in Turkey, a property that was formerly an Imperial Ottoman palace. (Text and images: AFP)

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At the World Travel Awards in Athens, Greece -- the event that bills itself as the Oscars of the travel industry -- the luxury hotel took the title of Europe’s leading hotel for the second year in a row over the weekend.

At the World Travel Awards in Athens, Greece -- the event that bills itself as the Oscars of the travel industry -- the luxury hotel took the title of Europe’s leading hotel for the second year in a row over the weekend.

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A former Imperial Ottoman palace, the property sits along the Bosphorus coast and harkens the grandeur of the era with ornate Arabic and Middle Eastern decor, columns, arches and lush tropical palm trees.

A former Imperial Ottoman palace, the property sits along the Bosphorus coast and harkens the grandeur of the era with ornate Arabic and Middle Eastern decor, columns, arches and lush tropical palm trees.

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Rich dark wood-paneled suites come with writing desks, a ‘pillow menu’ and balconies in every room.

Rich dark wood-paneled suites come with writing desks, a ‘pillow menu’ and balconies in every room.

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