Pera Palace Hotel Istanbul
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The sun that suddenly rises behind the hills of Pera, over the minarets of the city and the Golden Horn, fills your heart with a crimson joy. Everything that was asleep all night long is waking up now…”
This is how Knut Hamsun, Norwegian writer and Nobel laureate in literature who visited Istanbul at the end of 1800’s describes the morning he woke up at Pera.
Like other western intellectuals - from Alphonse de Lamartine to Gérard de Nerval, from Pierre Loti to Theophile Gaultier - Hamsun delighted in visits to this imperial city, a city which changed the course of history forever.
As Istanbul became more accessible due to the 19th century developments of transportation, the capital to three ancient empires began to reveal its mysterious identity to the world. First, humble board and lodgings opened up for visitors coming to Istanbul to see the springtime pink-purple Judas trees on the slopes of the Bosphorus, the works of world famous Ottoman architect Sinan and the narrow, stone paved streets where over 40 different languages were spoken.
When the worldwide famous Orient Express chose Istanbul as its last stop in the East, Istanbul began to attract not only adventurers, but also the more elite and noble classes of Europe.
Unfortunately, there were yet no hotels in the city to meet the high standards of the Orient Express passengers.
Soon, the Pera Palace Hotel in Tepebasi, which was founded in 1892 and celebrated with its grand opening ball in 1895, was able to fill this gap.
Istanbul resident and Levantine architect Alexander Vallaury designed the hotel in neo-classical, art nouveau and oriental styles, giving Pera Palace its timeless, refined look.
Pera Palace Hotel, was home to many firsts. Apart from the Ottoman Palaces, it was the first building to have electricity as well as the first electric elevator. British writer Daniel Farson described the elevator in these words: “It is the most beautiful elevator in the world made of cast iron and wood... It ascends like a lady who curtsies. Tourists can not take their eyes off this utterly pretty and aristocrat elevator.” Bathrooms that provided the only running hot water in the city were also privileges exclusive to Pera Palace Hotel guests. Tall spacious rooms lit by magnificent chandeliers were host to many unforgettable tea and dance parties.
Pera Palace Hotel welcomes its guests back to the glamour of nostalgic Istanbul with a visit to its classic and uniquely furnished rooms and suites. Original 19th Century features, including precious “White Carrara” marbles and exquisite “Murano-glass” chandeliers make Pera Palace Hotel suites the ideal place to experience century - old heritage. At the same time, expertly installed state–of-the-art technology and new technological services guarantee the comfort of a luxury-class hotel...
Room types are;
• 83 Deluxe Rooms (44 Pera View + 39 Golden Horn view)
• 10 Grand Pera Studio Rooms
• 6 Greta Garbo Corner Rooms
• 5 Hemingway Suites
• 6 Pierre Loti Suites
• Inonu & Bayar Senior Suites
• Emperor Franz Joseph & King Edward VIII Presidential Suites
• 1 Piano Suite
• 2nd,3td and 5th floors are non-smoking floors
Agatha Restaurant
The Agatha Restaurant, pays tribute to the three major stops of the former Orient Express, - Paris, Venice and Istanbul - by serving a combination of French, Italian and Turkish tastes.
Combining traditional Turkish ingredients with international cooking techniques, the menu reflects a modern bridging of culinary cultures. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, providing an elegant setting for meetings and social gatherings throughout the day. Diners will be able to watch the chefs at work in the open show kitchen and visit Pera Palace's own wine cellar.
Orient Bar
The Orient Bar has long served as a meeting-point for high society, a place to talk at leisure in a nostalgic setting. The tradition of excellent service continues today with a well selected, wide range of wines, spirits and cocktails.
Patisserie De Pera
The smell of freshly ground coffee and croissants glides thorough narrow streets lit by the early morning sun-light… Istanbulites mesmerised by our famous patisserie. Patisserie de Pera returns as a classic French patisserie with excellent service offering delicious Turkish and French inspired hand made cakes, gateauxs and homemade chocolates in a nostalgic ambiance.
Start your day with indulgence, spoil yourself all-day long with our signature cakes and pastries... Visit our beautifully nostalgic French style Patisserie de Pera, located to the left of the entrance to the hotel.
Kubbeli Saloon - Tea House
The Kubbeli Saloon welcomes guests upon their arrival at the Pera Palace Hotel. Taking tea here in the afternoons has long been a tradition among the Istanbul elite. Today, gentle live piano music adds to its magical atmosphere and its high ceilings, corner windows and parquet floor carry forth the hotels legendary past grandeur. The Kubbeli Saloon is also available for intimate private social events.
24 hour room service
Concierge service
Baby sitting
Dry cleaning
Shoe shine service
Complimentary WI-FI access
In room controlled air-conditioning
In-room safe with automatic electronic charging
Daily “turn down” service
Direct telephone lines
Massage & Treatments
Mesrutiyet Caddesi No:52 Tepebasi Beyoglu - Istanbul / Turkey