[dropcap size=small]F[/dropcap]requent business travellers know the pain of modern air travel: luggage restrictions, lost luggage or waiting at the baggage carousel; these nuisances can upset the most carefully planned itinerary. Now, the ultra luxury hotel Çiragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul offers a stylish alternative that recalls the timeless era of first-class ocean voyages and steamer trunks.

For guests who visit Istanbul frequently, the hotel offers custom-made steamer trunks that allows them to have their wardrobe dry-cleaned, pressed and stored ready-to-wear on their next visit. Designed and manufactured by the Turkish firm M&B Leather Saraciye, the trunks include three spacious drawers for shirts, blouses, shoes and other items, along with hangers for suits and dresses.

“This personalised service pays homage to the days when people travelled in sumptuous ocean liners where trunks became both a status symbol and a kind of amended wardrobe for a long trans-Atlantic sea voyage. In this fast-paced modern age, we pay tribute to the spirit of luxury travel and regal living – which fits in perfectly with our hotel’s ethos,” says Ralph Radtke, General Manager of the Çiragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, “Having a ‘private wardrobe’ provides a seamless, stress-free pied-à-terre for our guests.”

The trunks operate like safes whereby guests receive keys to ensure total security and privacy. These luxury trunks can be rented weekly, monthly, three-monthly or annually.

Established in 1897 in Geneva, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group.