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The Pera Palace Hotel Feb 25, 2017
The Pera Palace Hotel is a historic hotel located in Beyoglu. Beyoglu used to be known as Pera. Its main street, Istaklal Caddesi, used to be known as the Rue de Pera. The Pera Palace was built in 1892. It was designed by Alexander Vallaury, a French Turkish architect, who also designed Istanbul's Archaeology Museum. Originally passengers who had travelled to Istanbul on the Orient Express used to stay in the Pera Palace. It is the oldest European style hotel in Turkey. It was, and indeed still is, a luxury hotel. When it opened, it was the first hotel in Turkey to have electricity and hot running water. It had the first electric elevator in Istanbul. The hotel's first owners were the Armenian Esayan family.
Famous people who have stayed in the Pera Palace include Agatha Christie, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Ernest Hemingway, Sarah Bernhardt, King Edward VIII, Greta Garbo, Graham Greene, Mata Hari, Pierre Loti,Josephine Baker, Tito, Jacqueline Kennedy, King Carol of Romania, Shah Riza Pehlevi of Persia, Alfred Hitchcock and Yehudi Menuhin.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of Turkey, stayed in the Pera Palace in 1917. He stayed in Room 101.This is now the Atatürk Museum Room. It is painted sunset pink - Atatürk's favourite colour. It is filled with his possessions.
In 1928 Agatha Christie stayed in the Pera Palace in Room 411. She had travelled to Istanbul on the Orient Express. An experience that no doubt inspired her famous novel, 'Murder on the Orient Express'. Agatha Christie was travelling with her archaeologist husband, Max Mallowan. They were on their way to Baghdad to visit excavations.
The Pera Palace features in literature. In Ernest Hemingway's short story 'The Snows of Kilimanjaro', the main character, Harry, stays at the Pera Palace during World War I. In Graham Greene's 1969 novel, Travels With My Aunt, Henry Pulling and his Aunt Augusta Bertram, stay at the Pera Palace when they visit Istanbul.
When I last saw the Pera Palace, it could be described as in a state of faded grandeur, but the hotel was closed in 2006 and underwent a major renovation until 2010. It now belongs to the Jumeriah Hotel Group and is once again luxurious. One of its restaurants is called Agatha in honour of Agatha Christie. It is famous for its luxurious afternoon teas.
The area around the Pera Palace is home to many consulates including the British Consulate which we sometimes had to go to.
I don't think I took any photos of the hotel, though I do remember visiting the Atatürk Room. I am putting a photo of the Golden Horn with this tip as the Pera Palace has great views over the Golden Horn. However, my photo is really taken from the Galata Tower and the view from the hotel would be further up the Golden Horn than in my picture.
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Peras Palace Istanbul May 11, 2010
I thought it would be a neat idea to stay at the hotel where Agatha Christie stayed last before she disappeared.
My room was once stayed by Hemingway (with the plate on the door). The hotel is frozen in time. I think the bed, the sheets, the towels are as old as the hotel! There is no heating in the bathroom, the mattress sagged, and the armoired smelled so bad from mildew.
The room is lit by one 60W light bulb, making it very eerie. I actually woke up in the middle of the night thinking about the spirit that have stayed in this room...creepy!
Spare the historical place, head to the Hilton Istanbul or the Kempinski.
Pera Palace Hotel Overview
Pera Palace Hotel will be open at September 2010.
Pera Palace Hotel first opened in 1892 primarily to serve Orient Express clientele, emerges as a symbol of luxury. Hotel was host to iconic figures including Atatürk, Agatha Christie, Ernest Hemingway, Mata Hari and many more. Now the glamor of the past merges with technology of the 21st century.
With 115 nostalgic guest rooms, including 16 suites, historical Patisserie de Pera, Orient Bar, Kubbeli Saloon; host to afternoon tea parties, Agatha Restaurant, Terrace 1892 and a new 380 sqm SPA, Pera Palace Hotel will be the place to see and be seen.
The hotel is located in lively Beyoglu, the historical, cultural and social city center only 20 km from the Atatürk International Airport and 5 km to the Old City, 3 km from the harbor and 3 km from the Sirkeci train station. The location of the hotel makes it possible to experience Istanbul on foot. The unique location of the hotel enables it to enjoy extravagant views of the city, especially the sunset of Golden Horn.
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