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
- 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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This is a beautiful hotel with loads of history and character that you so rarely find in hotels these days. It's an event staying here. The location is fantastic with wonderful restaurants, bars and shopping right on your doorstep. All good hotels have a really good concierge....and the Pera Palace definitely has one. You can't go wrong here.
A very beautiful museum hotel well located with a professional trained staff; you feel the history of this place during your stay and walking distance to the tourists destination. In addition to the above the food served at the breakfast fast is so delicious.
The Pera Palace has become our first (and only choice) for a hotel in Istanbul. Here’s why:
Opened in 1892 to cater to travelers on the Orient Express, the Pera Palace is an opulent oasis of the grand and exotic past one block of quiet from the teaming epicenter of fashion, food, and shopping, İstiklal Avenue. From the moment you approach the grand entrance, every need is anticipated by a staff that will welcome and help you enjoy all that both the hotel and neighborhood has to offer. Once you have checked in, your host will take you to the golden old cage elevator (said to be the second oldest in the world, and looking at it, no one would be in doubt) to your room. Request a room overlooking the Golden Horn for the best views. Spacious rooms and grand bathrooms lure you to stay in your room, but instead, explore the hotel at every level, overlooking the exotic courtyard, taking afternoon tea in the Kubbeli Saloon Tea Lounge with 6 domes in the ceiling, Turkish carpets, crimson ornate furniture, a library and host of artifacts that give you lots to chat about while enjoying Turkish tea (even more beloved than Turkish coffee by the locals). After tea, take a wonderful walk on İstiklal Avenue to help you get thirsty for a martini and Turkish snacks offered by a chef who knows how to prepare the best of tastes in the yet more exotic Orient Bar. Ernest Hemingway loved the bar and where Agatha Christie typed Murder on the Orient Express while she was in residence in Room 411 that you can visit upon request). The Agatha serves the unmatched grand Turkish breakfast in the lower level, while Patisserie de Pera offers a taste of Paris when you are flagging. In the summer (we were there in the winter), the Orient Terrace off of the Orient Bar, serves a summer menu we look forward to enjoying next time.
During our last trip to Turkey and Istanbul, myself and my wife stayed twice in this beautiful hotel. The hotel is located very close to all the major attraction, shopping and F&B outlets.
The hotel has a very rich history behind it which add to its charm. The rooms looks so beautiful and the breakfast at the main restaurant is nice as well.
We tried the Spa and it was good.
The staff at the front desk and door were very helpful and knowledgeable.
We came here as a party of six over New Year. The stay was lovely and the rooms beautiful and quiet. Except when we moved in to a Hemingway Suite, which was on the noisy side of the hotel, which faces the nightclubs of Pera. Otherwise all great and the staff were fantastic. Quick check in for all of us and we settled into our rooms. The hotel is gracious and beautiful. It has an effortless old world charm that never fades. Lovely. My main issue when we stayed here before was the chaotic breakfast room. But this seems now to have been resolved and the room is well run and more efficient. The waiters were incredibly attentive, especially Dinçer and Mehmet. They really could not have been more helpful. The little patisserie shop is beautiful and worth several visits. As is the pool and the steam room/sauna. The hotel is wonderfully run, with great staff and a sympathetic manager. A delightful stay at one of my favourite hotels in the world and I cannot wait to return.