The Marmara Pera
What We Love
- The rooftop lounge and pool overlook Istanbul's minaret-dotted skyline
- The hotel is a short walk from Taksim Square
- 180-degree vistas from huge windows in all rooms above the 10th floor
What To Know
- Mikla restaurant serves Scando-Turkish fusion dishes
- Free WiFi
- Local designer boutiques and antiques shops are clustered in the nearby Galata neighborhood
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
A short walk from Taksim Square, the 18-story Marmara Pera combines a prime location with stylish interiors, intuitive service and one of Istanbul’s top restaurants. The real star here, though, is the view of the city’s minaret-dotted skyline and the Golden Horn — from the large windows in the petite but chic Midcentury Modern guestrooms, from the rooftop pool and from Mikla, the Scando-Turkish hot spot that occupies the property’s top two floors.
Bed and Bath
The 202 guestrooms and three suites are small but stylish, with gorgeous patterned walls, iPod docks, comfortable beds and impressive vistas. Funky armchairs and Midcentury tables topped with glossy magazines sit by the windows, which overlook the city’s skyline. Tea and coffee-making facilities, air con and free water come standard in all rooms; Junior Suites have the added bonus of Jacuzzi tubs and L’Occitane products.
The views are as impressive as the Scando-Turkish fusion dishes served at Mikla, a bilevel indoor-outdoor dining space that gives you the feeling that you’re part of the city’s skyline of minarets, mosques and bridges. Alternatively, Cafe Marmara is a lobby-level all-day dining spot serving classic Turkish dishes and an impressive selection of cakes and pastries. There’s a small basement gym or, for an alfresco workout, head to the rooftop for a dip in the pool.
In the Area
The hotel is steps from Istiklal Caddesi, a pedestrian shopping drag with such international retailers as Zara and Bershka as well as local perfumeries and sweet shops. The nearby Galata neighborhood, at the bottom of Istiklal’s hill, is where local up-and-coming designers have set up shop. Cruise Serdar-i Ekrem Caddesi and check out the concept wares at Atelier 55 and handmade jewelry at Aida Pekin. The Blue Mosque, Aya Sofia and the Grand Bazaar are all must-dos, but when you tire of the tourist hordes escape to the city’s quieter western district. From the Topkapi subway stop a short walk takes you to the Chora Museum, a small fifth-century chapel adorned with one of the world’s best-preserved collections of Byzantine mosaics. Winding through the narrow aisles of the spice market, you’ll find stalls piled high with curry, cinnamon, figs, dried apricots, Turkish candies and other delicious edibles. Bargaining is discouraged, but the prices are already low.
How to Get There
Stay at Marmara Pera Istanbul was an experience itself . This hotel is so centrally located with all the best facilities .Most amazing stay we had with such an experienced staff .. special praise for CAN SEAKIN and ERHAN AYBILEK for really helping us out with all our inquisitive questions . Their roof top restaurant and bar lounge is class apart.Strong recommendation to stay there ..
Stayed here for the 2nd time in 5 months. Good place to stay in Istanbul. They kindly gave me an early check in. Hotel is in a great location. Try and get a room on a high floor. I was on the 4th floor over looking the taxi rank outside so it was a bit noisy from them talking all night, but if u get a higher floor it's very quiet. Breakfast could just do with a bit more European food. Roof terrace gives u one of the best views in thr world. Worth staying just for that.
The view is amaaazing, the rooms are clean and the receptionists are really friendly but go have breakfast somewhere else... the omelett we couldnt eat dont know how the cook could ruin such an easy dish, bread was old and the quality in general was not very nice. We expected much more :((
Has been here few times decided to write a review breakfast is absolutely amazing,staff are so welcoming,polite and helpful especially Ozgur is a great guy.
Very clean and big enough room compare to other hotels I’ve been in Istanbul so far here’s the best.highly recommended.
The location is superb however the condition of the hotel and the service have to be upgraded.
This facility can be more than amazing when the owners decide to revamp restaurant and roof pool areas. The staff needs tracing badly. The mean well but they lack trading for a first class hotel.