Pera Palace Hotel
Pera Palace Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey
Decorated throughout with vintage artefacts and cabinets displaying the hotel's own past, the Pera Palace is an historic gem. Opened in 1892, the Pera Palace was the first building in Istanbul with electricity, but the hotel is also noted for its celebrity guests, including Ernest Hemingway, Alfred Hitchcock and Agatha Christie; who wrote Murder on the Orient Express here and after whom the hotel's restaurant, Agatha, is named.
The property has an excellent location in the heart of the vibrant Beyoglu district, within walking distance of the Bosphorus, Galata Tower and the renowned shopping street of Istiklal.
A number of the hotel's public areas are very ornately decorated, such as the entrance lobby and, most notably, the patisserie, which is pink, chintzy and filled with Venetian glass. Rooms are of a good size and each is uniquely decorated, with almost all rooms containing a piece of antique furniture and many featuring a French balcony.
Guests can enjoy a wonderful afternoon tea in the tea lounge, Kubbeli; relax in the indoor jet-streamed swimming pool, spa and hammam; work out in the gym; and peruse The Ataturk Suite - a museum room dedicated to famous Turkish leader Ataturk, who stayed in the room several times.
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Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Take a guided tour of the Blue Mosque, perhaps the most photographed site in Istanbul with its distinctive shape dominating the Sultanahmet skyline.
Starting from the marina just in front of the Spice Market, your cruise will take you out onto the Bosphorus to view many of Istanbul's different architectural styles.
Travel to the Gallipoli Peninsula, where you'll explore the beach cemeteries of fallen Allied soldiers from World War I and the ancient city of Troy.
This excursion will take you to the Suleymaniye Mosque, which dominates Istanbul's skyline, to see its Iznik tiles, mother of pearl inlays and stained glass windows.
Visit the Chora Museum, an astoundingly beautiful church covered in glistening mosaics from floor to ceiling.
Experience Cukurcuma with its tree-lined streets and winding alleys before visiting the Museum of Innocence, a creation of author Orhan Pamuk.
Take a trip to see perhaps the most famous of all Istanbul’s sites, the Hagia Sophia, which dates back to 537 AD.
Visit the Basilica Cistern’s underground cavern. Descending beneath the streets, you’ll be met with the sight of hundreds of columns rising from the waters, with towering, arched brick ceilings overhead.
Take a guided tour of the interior of the Dolmabahce Palace, which is sumptuously decorated from floor to ceiling with gold and crystal.
Experience the smells and sounds of the Spice Market with this guided tour through its narrow streets and stalls selling herbs and spices, Turkish delight, tea and other delicacies.
This privately guided tour will take you beneath the domed roof of the Grand Bazaar to explore its labyrinthine alleys and stalls.
Learn about life in the imperial household of the Ottoman sultans with this guided excursion of the Topkapi Palace’s buildings and Treasury.