Nursing a mega-pricey çay (₺18), coffee (₺20) or beer (₺20) at one of the Çırağan's terrace tables and watching the scene around İstanbul's best swimming pool, which is right on the Bosphorus, lets you sample the lifestyle of the city's rich and famous. The hotel occupies part of the 19th-century Çırağan Palace; look out for the photos of celebrity guests.