Panoptic Events would like to offer their sympathies to the people of Turkey, Syria and all those affected by the Kahramanmaras earthquake. We would like to draw your attention to crisis funds running at this time, allowing for vital search and rescue efforts to take place and for recovery in the region. 


If you wish to donate you can do so through the Disaster Emergency Committee Turkey-Syria Earthquake fund here




Welcome to Istanbul! The largest city in Turkey – Istanbul is a busting hub that has everything you could ever dream of for an event or incentive trip. Istanbul straddles both Asia and Europe and is an exciting blend of cultural influences just waiting to be discovered! Explore the Old Town for some historic culture, head to Taksim Square for unbeatable nightlife or head out on the water for an unforgettable party. Whatever you want Istanbul has it to offer. Istanbul also has some fantastic venues just perfect for hosting your next event, from small and intimate to grand and large, there’s a space for any event here! With so much choice you must be wondering where to start? Not to worry! We’ve put together this blog of the top venues in Istanbul to get you started with some inspiration for your next event!

Top Venues in Istanbul

Llanerch Vineyard, Cardiff meeting room, Hotel Venue

The Marmara Esma Sultan is an amazing events space right on the Bosphorus strait in the shadow of the 15 July Martyrs Bridge. This event space is unbelievably beautiful at night as the lights of the city shine across the river and the bridge lights up in the dark – we have to include this spot in our list of top venues in Istanbul for this view alone! 

Llanerch Vineyard, Cardiff Hotel Venue

The Marmara Esma Sultan offers both indoor and outdoor events space with a garden by the river and a historic mansion house for indoor events. The mansion is so old now that it is more of a shell however that doesn’t mean that it’s past its prime! The team at Marmara have painstakingly taken care of the space so that it is now ready to host any kind of event. It features an intriguing industrial feel and has the possibility to be decorated however you would like to create a unique space. 

The venue is owned by luxury hotel collection Marmara who are happy to take care of any catering needs with decadent, award winning Turkish gastronomy! What more could you need?

Holm House Hotel, Cardiff Venue

A household name of luxury and quality, it wouldn’t be a complete list of the top venues in Istanbul without the Four Seasons Hotel. This hotel is housed in a stunning 19th century palace and boasts an impressive capacity of 1000 for events! It’s not just all geared towards large events here however, as the hotel has 12 different events spaces with varying capacities and one is sure to fit your event.

Holm House Hotel Spa Pool, Cardiff Venue

The hotel is incredibly chic and stylish and blends traditional Turkish design with a more modern fusion to create something special. Lounge in the beating sun by the Bosphorus on their private  marble terrace or experience a traditional Turkish Spa experience in the luxury wellness center. Worked up an appetite? Treat yourself to some luxury gastronomy at one of their many fantastic restaurants! We recommend Anason 34 for a traditional Turkish experience.

Celtic Manor Resort, Cardiff Event Venues

Another venue found along the banks of the beautiful Bosphorus river, the Ritz-Carlton creates a fantastic blend of European style and Turkish tradition. Enjoy touches like welcome drinks of sahlep in the beautiful lobby and restaurants showcasing luxury Anatolyian cuisine.

Celtic Manor Resort - Spa Facilities, Cardiff, Hotel Event Venues

This hotel offers over 25,000 square feet of luxury events spaces from intimate boardrooms with floor to ceiling windows that showcase the beautiful Bosphorus to a glittering Grand Ballroom. From something corporate to a night of dancing, this versatile venue is suitable for any event you could think of!

Cardiff Castle, Fairytale Event Venues

You might be noticing a trend in this list of the top venues in Istanbul, the beautiful Bosphorus features in the majority of them! That’s because this river is the glittering heart of Istanbul and rightly so – prime real estate. You’ll find the most luxurious hotels and venues in Istanbul along the river and that’s where you’ll find the amazing Mandarin Oriental.  Lean more into the Asian side of dual continental Istanbul with this wonderful hotel, where east meets west.

Cardiff Castle, Banquet Hall, Event Venues

This hotel is a perfect venue for those looking for an elegant venue. Host your corporate events in gorgeous dark wood paneled rooms that feature dark leather fittings and grand boardroom tables. If you don’t fancy a dark and fantastically moody vibe to your event, why not turn to the light and airy Crystal Events Room which features minimalist design and floor to ceiling windows.

Temple of Peace, Cardiff, Unique Event Venue

Looking for something more urban? Choose the Hyatt Centric located in the middle of bustling Levent, a neighborhood in central Istanbul home to skyscrapers, business headquarters and luxury shopping malls.

Temple of Peace, Cardiff - Meeting Rooms, Unique Event Venue

This hotel features chic interior design and a number of different event spaces. With its proximity to business headquarters in Istanbul, this hotel makes for the perfect venue for corporate meetings! If the location isn’t enough of a selling point for you – the fantastic catering offered by the Hyatt consisting of luxury gastronomy should be enough to sway you!

Found something that takes your fancy? 

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