Pera Palace Hotel
What We Love
- Beyoglu’s impressive nightlife is at the hotel’s doorstep
- 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
- Sultanahmet (old Istanbul) is a 10-minute taxi ride away
- For a local stroll, the streets around Istiklal Caddesi are safest and most interesting
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
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. Guests receive a firsthand taste of the fin-de-siècle era when the Ottoman Empire crumbled and writers such as Ernest Hemingway sought inspiration in the hotel’s bar. The grand building, designed by a French Levantine architect, features an opulent domed ceiling and sedan chair (a windowed cabin carried by porters) once used to ferry guests across the Galata Bridge from the Orient Express terminal. Glimpses of the past 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 guest rooms 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
Our second visit to Istanbul and there was no discussion as to where we would stay. We were going back to the Pera Palace. In truth the location is great and that is always tricky in a huge city to find the perfect location to visit different locations. But the hotel is fantastic. L
We love the heritage of the hotel. The history is well displayed around the hotel. If you choose to stay elsewhere call to the Patisserie , or have afternoon tea, or a pre dinner cocktail in their lounge. But you should stay
We find the hotel comfortable, there is also a spa but the staff are terrific, personable and attentive. Staff all across the hotel have a welcoming hello
Breakfast is superb and I hate when you go to breakfast morning after morning to the same thing. We ordered “menemen” Turkish scrambled eggs one morning delicious. The buffet is extensive and a little different each morning lots of local flavours. The buffet like the afternoon tea is perfectly displayed
I had lunch on the terrace one day a good club sandwich. I also ate dinner one evening my appetiser of octopus was excellent. My only criticism. My main course was delivered too soon after my appetiser.
We like bars. We like to sit up at a bar and chat. It is a great joy to watch excellent staff at work in the Pera Palace. The bar staff are particularly good there was live music on one of my nights and the band singing Big Band hits were excellent. One recommendation -the Turkish sparkling wine is very good- better, drier than Prosecco ask for that and toast your good fortune to be in the Pera Palace
Beautiful hotel. The radiance and history of the hotel made me feel like I was back in the 1920s. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who is looking for a more refined hotel experience, I'm really just blown away by the interior design. The Lobby's cafe and reading room are additionally to die for
An oasis of tranquility, history , luxury and comfort in the middle of Istanbul.Excellent bar with an extensive liquor menu and impeccable service.Confortable room very well decorated and with the best AC in Turkey.Staff very professional , excellent breakfast and very good location.Highly recommended!