4.5
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What We Love

  • The mix of old style and modern amenities following a two-year renovation
  • Beyoglu’s impressive nightlife is at the hotel’s doorstep
  • Plasma TVs nestling in spots like a dresser and a case above a bath
  • The museum in the room where Atatürk, founder of modern Turkey, often stayed
  • The gravures depicting the city at the end of the Ottoman era

What To Know

  • During the day, traffic surges beneath the Golden Horn–facing balconies
  • This is a historic hotel; lovers of chic minimalism should stay elsewhere
  • Sultanahmet (old Istanbul) is a 10-minute taxi ride away
  • For a local stroll, the streets around Istiklal Caddesi are safest and most interesting
  • Better suited to couples than families

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

Since its grand opening ball in 1895, the Pera Palace Hotel has been the go-to address in Istanbul for Hollywood starlets and gallivanting aristocrats. Rising above Beyoğlu’s streets, its elegant neoclassical facade recalls the 19th-century epoch, when the area, then called Pera, was Istanbul’s European quarter.

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I took tea in the Kubbeli Salon and was relieved to see that the two-and-a-half-year, $31 million renovation (completed in September 2010), has disturbed none of the hotel’s rich history. Glimpses of the past now mix with modern luxuries, such as the spa, with its hammam and indoor jet-stream pool, and Agatha restaurant. Named for Agatha Christie, whose stays here inspired her novel Murder on the Orient Express, the restaurant’s menu pays culinary tribute to the train’s major stops: Paris, Venice and Istanbul.

The 115 guestrooms and suites show off a thoughtful balance of old and new. Their names and color schemes honor famous former guests, such as the six Greta Garbo Corner Rooms. These pink and lavender beauties have a luxuriously vintage feel, with antique furniture and city views from the freestanding bath. The Deluxe Rooms make the most of the hotel’s excellent central position, their French balconies surveying the Golden Horn and the bustling streets below.

How to Get There

Pera Palace Hotel, Jumeirah – Special Class
Mesrutiyet Cad. No. 52
Istanbul, 34430 Turkey

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 1267 Reviews
Amazing Hotel, Fantastic Service
Reviewed 17 hours ago

I've travelled all over the world and U.S., and have stayed in nearly 1,000 hotels. The Pera Palace is without question the very best hotel I've ever visited. The hotel itself is gorgeous, well-maintained, and wonderful. The rooms are spacious, beautiful and clean. The staff is superb, providing perfect service and attention. The food is terrific, well prepared and aesthetic. And the location is prime. And even with all these top qualities, the rates are very reasonable. If you go to Istanbul, stay at the Pera Palace Hotel. You will be very happy and satisfied.

Beautiful classic hotel, but...
Reviewed 2 days ago

This hotel is like stepping back in time - but thankfully only in the lobby where the old British - Orient Express atmosphere is just divine. Our room was superb, the bed very comfortable and the bathroom done up nicely - with an old fashioned bathtub - loved it!
Why not 5 stars then? I'll tell you why - when you get off a plane, and finally arrive at your chosen hotel, all you want to do is get into your room, close the door, get out of your traveling clothes and feel human again! We arrived at 11am and our room was not ready. Ok, understandable - it's still the AM. I get it. But the front desk manager kept telling us that if we would just upgrade to a room with a water view for a just a few Euros more per day, well then we could get into 'our room.' No! Not all Americans are made of money - we booked the room we could afford and quite frankly, any front desk manager worth his salt could have just upgraded us as a courtesy. I don't like being hustled and I felt like we were being hustled. We got steered over to the cafe and ordered and paid for two cappucinos while we waited over an hour. For our room.

Murder on the Orient Express
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is historically the finest hotel in Istanbul with the 2nd passenger lift in Europe after the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and still working. Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey, stayed here as did Agatha Christie for 6 months while she wrote her novel Murder on the Orient Express. You can feel the history walking through the luxurious lobby area. Very recently purchased by Jumeriah Hotels Dubai.

The History and Opulence
Reviewed 3 days ago

We are staying in the Greta Gabo room,with the Agatha Christie room next door.This used to be the resting place for many who travelled the Orient Express. The furnishings and decor is heritage listed and must be accountable. I can't praise the staff and amenities available. This is our greatest experience of our trip and have been looking forward to our stay here since being welcomed on a very wet day in April 2015 . The utter beauty and Opulence just blows your mind

Stunning - comfort and luxury from a by-gone era...
Reviewed 3 days ago

What a delight - decor and ambiance straight from an Agatha Christie novel - and as the headline in the "1000 Places to see before you die..." guide says - its easy to imagine "spies and celebrities" languishing in the shadows of the lounge.
Our room was comfortable; the bedding worthy of a "linen appreciation moment" (always a major bonus!) and the staff were there when you needed them (helpful, prompt and accommodating) - and 'invisible' the rest of the time.
Definitely one of the 'fine' hotels in the world - they've clearly been getting it right for a long time...