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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
I loved this hotel for several reasons. The rooms are spacious, the morning buffet was delicious and it is walking distance to the Istiklal pedestrian shopping area and the gay venues like the Tekyon dance club. It's a very busy nightlife area, which means that even when I left Tekyon at 3:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning I felt safe walking on Istiklal because there were still hundreds of people on that street. The downside of staying in a hotel in an active nightlife area is that the nighttime noise level is higher, which might bother some people, but it didn't bother me.
Marmara Pera Hotel
I visited turkey many times during the past few years, in every time i had negative remarks on the hotels i stayed in.
But this is actually the first time i stay in Istanbul and review a hotel as having ZERO PROBLEMS
Check in was reasonably quick, rooms are reasonably spacious, room amenities were good ( air condition, TV, free and fast Wifi, wide bed, a kittle and a complimentary tea, cofee and mineral water, a safe.
The bathroom is a little bit small but with all needed facilities.
There is a shaving set, teeth brushing set, hair cover , shoes polish sponge and a dryer .
I had booked a sea view room which was magnificent specially from a high floor.
House keeping was efficient.
Resturant is nice with good varieties in the breakfast buffet.
The staff is friendly and helpful
As i said, i did not face any problem during my 6 nights stay.
Excellent hotel management
I recommend high floors and sea view rooms.
Stayed a week on 15th floor. Comfortable bed, sparse storage for clothes.
We were were in room 01, not as noisy as rooms occupied by others in our group. Saturday and Sunday discos very loud.
Breakfast not bad, plenty of choice. Can get crowded in the bar where it is eaten.
Other meals not great.