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Pera Palace Hotel, Jumeirah
Ranked #63 of 1,129 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2012

We were at this hotel beginning of december.Since the prices are above our regular budget we had to go with the standard/pera view room.In our case a room on the second floor facing the street behind the hotel.You could still see the place in front of the hotel.We didnt mind that at all.One should be aware that the rooms with view are facing a busy fast traffic local expressway kind of thing.We had a little balcony and made the most out of that.The room itself was very tastefully decorated,the brand new furniture had an antique look,but in a good way.There is a window between bathroom and sleeping area,which means you should be very confidant or a happy couple if you are not travelling solo.All the lovely little touches like the weatherforecast on the pillow etc,things which are so easy and leave a happy guest.Our rate didnt include breakfast,but there are lots of cafes around,we had our breakfast at the restaurant on top of the galata tower,which must be the best view of Istanbul.The staff at check in was very helpfull,friendly and professional.Hotel in walking distance of Beyoglu.You have the history of this hotel and yes, the elevator,which is part of the gimmick.I was quite done with the Agatha Christy thing after two nights,could be probably really diffcult if you stay for more nights or trying to get business done i would imagine.There is also a TV channel dedicated just to the very moving history of the Palace Hotel....may be i just saw it in a endless loop falling asleep i am just thinking.Anyway,this a an amazing place.The (hotel)world would be a better place with more hotels like this.We will come back exactly to this one!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Ahus, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2012

Stayed in Pera Palace for a weekend in aoctober 2011 and got a lovely Greta Garbo room on the corner with balcony. Large room and very nice bathroom with tub and extras that are valuable for a woman on a business trip.

Breakfast was great and included bacon that I never got in Turkey before.

Try the pool and haman inhouse.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2012

Wonderful ambiance after this thoughtful renovation, especially in the public areas. Rooms are very nice - not huge, but well appointed with lovely bathrooms.Great location for experiencing the real Istanbul, with lots of local shops and restaurants within easy walking distance. Tiny pool and spa downstairs but again, nicely done.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Chicago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2011

Reopened in 2010 after a 2 1/2 year restoration and much needed updating to modern standards, the venerable "Pearl of Istanbul" was the first hotel in Istanbul with electric lighting and only the second structure in Europe (the first was the Eiffel Tower) with an elevator. The same elevator (plus modern ones) still operates on special request and long ago took both the famous and infamous from the fabled Orient Express (no longer operating)to their rooms, some with partial views of the fabled Golden Horn. Agatha Christie's room, where she likely penned part of Murder on the Orient Express, features a vintage typwriter, and Mustafa Kemel Ataturk, first president of modern Turkey - and a great one he was - resided for many years at different times in the same suite, now preserved in its original appearance. Each room, some of them below average in size, but above average in appointments, has at least one piece of original furniture. My room had no tub but did have a comfortable and large walk-in rainbird shower with immediate hot water. Other rooms have very pleasing vintage type but modern tubs and showers. Room blackout drapes are controlled by bed-side controls, the soundproofing, while not perfect, is not offensive to outside sounds. Mattress and bed coverings very comfortable and appealing in decor. Yet, the no-name toiletries are much below the standards of a luxury hotel. When asked, a staff member said that the suites - but not standard or deluxe rooms - have luxury English toiletries. Although the Golden Horn rooms have angled views of the famed waterway, they also cost more but not worth the price for the distant view. The plush and welcoming lobby with very courteous staff has been lovingly restored to its original appearance, and in all respects the restoration must be considered as highly successful. But other hotel characteristics are not as successful. Only a Turkish published English languague daily paper is complimentary, with no International Herald Tribune or British newspapers. Prices for continental breakfast and dinner in the aptly named Agatha Restaurant are very expensive, although in fairness the breakfast is lavish and appealing in variety. Also, the large screen television (Not fully functioning in true HD), overly emphasizes pay channels with little regard or interest in free services such as CNN International. The in-room entertainment is contracted to an outside service more interested in profit than guest satisfaction. When questioned, a hotel guest services member said that all rooms had CNN but this is not correct. There is also a distinct lack of communication and coordination between front desk, concierge, and guest services, although they are separated by mere feet in the same lobby. At check-in a bell man failed to explain the electronic keyed door, requiring another trip to the front desk for explanation. But the good far outweighs the not quite ready for prime time irregularities, including a much better location than some reviewers allow. Example: the prime pedestrian street in the vast city is only a 2 minute walk, and the street has excellent connections by furnicular to the port below or by subway, tram or bus to almost anywhere on both sides of the Bosphorus and Golden Horn. The pedestrain street also features a vintage tram that operates along the entire one-mile length. Excellent and fairly priced restaurants in variety abound nearby. Consider that staying in the old city is not necessarily a benefit as it is extremely crowded and very touristy in season. The city itself, an architectural and historical marvel of three empires, has perhaps the friendliest residents of any major city on earth, and is also best seen in the off season when tourists are largely gone. This reviewer visited in early December and had immediate access to all the famous venues. For those desiring a very different but deluxe stay in a vintage hotel expertly returned to its former glory - if not exceeding it - and are willing to pay the price, the Pera Palace is still one of the great hotels of the world.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2011

I attended a conference in Istanbul and stayed for three nights at this hotel. I must say it exceeded my expectations. The staff in the reception area and on the door were courteous, helpful and charming and certainly the best dressed I've seen in a few years. My room was smallish but very comfortable and everything I could want in a hotel room was laid on. It didn't have a feeling of being in a city centre as my room was very quiet in the evening. I did use the spa and must say that I had one of the best massages ever. The hotel reception rooms are beautiful and I ate in the restaurant twice. The food was delicious. I travel a lot in my business and would definitely return to the Pera Palace.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
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Fakenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2011

We read lots of reviews of this hotel, and frankly some are not very fair, this hotel is beautufully renovated , expertly staffed and retains most of its historic flavour, it is a city hotel and in a city of 17 million people there is bound to be some noise intrusion, we found only one night of our 4 night stay noisy because of celebrating residents after a basket ball match.
The price of drinks is high and we didnt eat in the restaurant but, if you need a calm relaxing place of refuge whilst exploring the undoubted delights of Istanbul then this is a good choice. it really doesnt matter that Agatha Christie stayed here once, its the quality of the bathrooms, the towels and the bathrobes, the instant service and the friendly reception which is important. For our American cousins there is more than one lift and they have retained the old original lift which supports some spectacular iron work. WE admit our viit was off season but nevertheless you can tell a well run hotel from the moment you walk thro to reception.

Room Tip: We stayed on the sea side which is slightly noisier than the other side but worth it for the views.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2011

I was very disappointed with the loss of spirit here, resulting from the recent uber-restoration. Although the foyer and Kubbeli Salon areas were still elegant, the upper floors with the bedrooms and the interiors of the rooms themselves (I saw 3) were much like any 5 star hotel chain anywhere else in the world.

Dotted about the shiny corridors (with ubiquitous business-hotel-style-carpets and super-shiny new looking marble floors) are glass-covered museum cases containing original cutlery/menus etc. Even the Agatha Christie room has been treated this way, with her old typewriter perched as an 'exhibit' in an otherwise off-the-peg 5 star hotel room. This nod to the history/spirit of the place didn't do it for me.

So sad to see another important Grande Dame lost this way.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Pera Palace Hotel, Jumeirah
Address: Mesrutiyet Cad. Tepebasi, No:52 | Beyoglu, Istanbul 34430, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Beyoglu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#23 Spa Hotel in Istanbul
#30 Business Hotel in Istanbul
#47 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#47 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#50 Family Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Pera Palace Hotel, Jumeirah 5*
Number of rooms: 115
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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