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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

Amenities

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

The Lowdown

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

Pera Palace Hotel
Mesrutiyet Cad. No. 52
Istanbul, 34430 Turkey