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.
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A hotel, a museum, charmed to see how modern amenities meet heritage, charmed to feel the presence of the past guests, each and every one a visionary, charmed to experience living in a place which was once used by people who created history, who achieved great heights in their lives and who set new highs in their fields. Amazing hotel, Amazing Bar, Amazing rooms, Amazing atmosphere, Amazing Service, Amazing People..... If you are not staying here, you are missing the old world charm of Istanbul. The heavily renovated hotel still gives you a feel that you have arrived on the Orient Express, that you need a drink before you hang up at the Orient Bar and that you are looking forward to a personal dinner at the Agatha Restaurant. The suite, Ernest Hemingway Suite, we stayed in made us feel honoured. More honourable was to know that great Ataturk had been to this place and had actually lived here. Great Hotel, Great Location, Everything at short distance and almost exactly in between the Bosphorous and Sultanhamet. You can walk and explore the charms of Istanbul staying at this hotel. İstiklal Street is only 5 minute walk from the hotel and the buzz of this street remains till late in the night. Loved being here and thank each and every one of the hotel for making our holiday a truly memorable one. Thank You
We absolutely loved the Pera, and would thoroughly recommend it. It's got oodles of character, and layers of historic interest. The interiors are all very opulent yet terribly classy, with too many vintage and antique details and furnishings to properly describe here. It simply is a grand old dame of a hotel, with very courteous and helpful staff. The guest list from it glory days is uber chic, everyone from Jackie O to Ian Fleming (Bond author) has stayed here. We too felt like VIP's on our visit thanks to the hotel staff - the breakfast team Mehmet, Dinger, Esma, Yanas were outstanding, nothing was too much for them. Our bedroom was large and attractive, the bed very comfortable and regularly turned down, the shower wonderful - though we did notice a little problem of the marble drain smelling - nevertheless we loved our visit to the Pera. Each night we had a nightcap in the Orient bar and never stopped smiling! Come see for yourself - it's a treat, oozing with bygone glamour, and like Istanbul itself very cool, very seductive...
just everything was perfect. if I had to complain the room could have been bigger but that goes with 100 yea old hotel. Just amazing. Antiques everywhere. Lovely people. So polite and helpful. Amazing afternoon tea in an antique filled sitting room. Like stepping back in time to a place full of civilised people with manners. maybe not for the young hip n groovy crowd but certainly somewhere you will remember forever. newly remodled.
Buffet breakfast was 9 0ut of 10.
The bar prices are by no means over the top when they mean that you get to drink in fantastic historical surroundings. At tfe end of World War 1 there was a night when the defeated German general, the occupying British Commander in Chief and Ataturk were all staying in the hotel on the same night.
An old fashioned hotel which has been sympathetically modernised. Many reviewers seem to find it charming; but I found it faintly claustrophobic. My room on the 6th floor had a small balcony with lighting that proved impossible to turn off at night, and there was loud noise from a neighbouring bar. The breakfast buffet was copious but of mediocre quality.