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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One of my dream came true, staying 3 nights at this chic, historical and marvelous hotel in the heartbeat of Istanbul. I really enjoyed my stay. Every single thing in the hotel and in my room were so delicate, so precious and meaningful. I received a hearty welcome. Desk receptionists, the restaurant crew, housekeepers, were truly attentive, discreet and reliable. I was staying in the Agatha Christie room, a spacious room with a little balcony, surrounded by many archives of the writer I really enjoyed the roomy bathroom, the elegant and vintage tub. Also loved the afternoon tea-time with many delicious fine pastries in the sophisticated and charmful Kubbeli Saloon Tea Lounge. The icing on the cake was to be accompanied and getting in the ancient elevator. Wouaw ! Voilà ! I wish I could go back very soon.
Beautiful and historic hotel in Istanbul - let down by sometimes unhelpful staff. I don’t know whether it is because I am a solo female traveller - or communication issues - but so far I am not feeling a valued guest
We went to have drinks in the late afternoon. We sat inside the hotel to admire the beautiful decor and “feel its history” instead of sitting in the terrace area outside. You can read and learn about historical facts about the hotel online - they are pretty interesting!
You can also have high tea experience in the late afternoon - although it is pricey.
Or you can just stroll in and take a few photos. The ground level is open to the public.
It’s a beautiful awesome hotel soaked in history. Beautiful location. Wonderful service. The concierge and everybody was good. Rooms are very plush and the Fitbit pans decor is really historical.
Breakfast is good and very near to Taksim and İstiklal street
This is a beautiful old hotel with an interesting history. We had one of the cheaper rooms but it was well appointed and very spacious. The terrace bar was a lovey place to relax.
The only downsides were firstly slightly rude service on check in/check out (the same staff member - all others were friendly and helpful throughout) but secondly and more importantly, a serious noise issue from a nearby nightclub. At 10pm every night for 5 nights loud techno dance music started playing until early the next morning. This is the reason for 4 not 5 stars as even the cheaper rooms at this hotel are expensive by Turkish standards.
Otherwise we loved this hotel and learning about the history that came with it.