I cannot praise this place enough for service, location, room quality - really just about everything. The caveat is that although the hotel is supposed to be nonsmoking (apparently, strict new Turkish laws don't allow smoking indoors in any public place), there are ashtrays in the rooms and no "no smoking" signs, so of course some guests do smoke. We had a lot of smoke in our room, to the point that it woke us from sleep one night and eventually we had to do without the A/C (in 32 C heat) to avoid it. If the hotel could designate "non smoking" floors, it would be perfect. The pool/sauna/steam/turkish bath area is beautiful, gym is good, hotel is beautifully restored yet still retains its historic value & look (it even has a museum to Ataturk!). Our room on the 6th floor had a lovely view of the golden horn and a private balcony. Service was excellent and very personalized. As this was out 2nd trip to Istanbul, the central location was ideal as it allowed easy access to public transportation to visit the upscale areas north of Galata and to ferries for the Asian side, plus the immediate area is full of great restaurants, bars and vibrant street life. The major tourist sites across the golden horn are in walking distance (long walk), or easily reached by tram.
- Also Known As:
- Pera Palas Hotel
- Pera Palas
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gazing over the golden years of history, Pera Palace Hotel, Jumeirah overlooks the magnificent view of the Golden Horn and is located in Tepebaşı district of Pera once known as the “Little Europe”. With its 115 rooms, including 16 suites, retaining the characteristics of the 19th century elegance through historical furniture, the hotel combines refined elegance with state-of the-art technology to fulfill the needs of 21st century travellers. Enjoy a range of revitalized restaurant and bar choices, including the Agatha Restaurant, The Kubbeli Saloon, the French style Patisserie de Pera and the legendary Orient Bar & Terrace and rejuvenate yourself in the soothing atmosphere of Pera Spa. ... more less
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