What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes breakfast
- A masterful Art Deco entryway, period furniture and a restored Victorian-style cage elevator
- Rooftop terrace with panoramic views of Istanbul's skyline
- Free WiFi
- READ MORE: Insider Guide to Istanbul
What To Know
- Rooms are quiet despite Taksim's late night buzz
- Breakfast service starts at 8 a.m.; staff can prepare an earlier sitting on request
- The rooftop bar is open only in summer, though the neighboring streets teem with world class restaurants and bars
- Free WiFi
Saved from collapse by an extensive two-year restoration, the Armada Pera is sprinkled with period furniture, bevel-edged mirrors and 19th-century reliefs of Old Stamboul. The five-story house once belonged to an Italian tailor who served an Ottoman sultan, and the public spaces showcase an immaculate collection of uniforms, frock coats and fashionable finery. Oversize windows and high ceilings save the hotel from feeling too much like a museum, and the Art Deco lobby adds a glamorous touch.
Bed and Bath
The Armada’s 20 guestrooms range from imposing suites to more modest affairs. All feature antique doors, lofty crown moldings, and delightfully soft Turkish cotton linens. Suites are decked out with an array of French-style upholstered furniture; small rooms forgo the clutter to save on floor space. Bathrooms are simple and modern, and the spacious walk-in showers are stocked with toiletries from Pera-based Rebul Pharmacy.
A gleaming brass and mahogany elevator whisks guests to the top floor lounge, which commands an awesome view of Istanbul’s old city skyline and the neoclassical English consulate next door. A rooftop bar opens in the summer months only. The concierge team is friendly, and free tea, coffee, juice and cookies are served in the lobby every afternoon.
In the Area
Since the days of Agatha Christie and Ernst Hemingway, the historic district of Taksim has been Istanbul’s undisputed cultural center. Head to Zubeyir Grill if you’re looking for outstanding kebabs. For the best fish dishes, try the lively and unpretentious Cukur Meyhanesi. For post-dinner drinks, Nevizade is a charming street of open-air bars with folksy music. The Armada Pera is conveniently located close to the Sishane subway station, so the old city is within easy reach, and ferries to the much-loved Princes’ Islands depart from Kabatas dock, a short walk from the hotel.