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“Istanbul Passage Comes Alive”

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Pera Palace Hotel, Jumeirah
Ranked #60 of 1,159 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 25, 2012

We absolutely loved the Pera Palace - hands down the best 5-star we've stayed in. The history, the ambience, the service.....all just perfect!

Historically, this hotel cannot be beat. Built by the Orient Express as a luxury hotel for its passengers to stay in Istanbul, the vibe remains. It was the first and only building to be powered by electricity, other than the Ottoman Palaces. It was also the only address in the city to provide hot running water for its guests and was home to the first electric elevator in Istanbul.

The basic rooms are spacious - particularly given European standards - and extremely well-appointed (Moulton Brown products, yay!). Nespresso coffee, lots of windows, beautiful bathrooms, a pillow menu fergodsake!.

The staff is without doubt what puts this hotel up and over to 5 stars....they are friendly without being fakey, clearly are sincere in wanting to help you, and really go out of their way to make your stay the very best it can be. Example: They gave us a great recommendation for a special dinner on our last night....a place with a great view, fantastic food..etc. They sent a porter to WALK US TO THE RESTAURANT!!!! Seriously. And he was sweet and chatty the entire 10-minute walk. It's these little touches - going above and beyond - that make a five-star. Period.

If you are at all historically inclined, a must-see is the Attaturk room. Rich with history from the founding father of Turkey, it's an incredibly special place. The bed he slept in as he wrote the Turkish constitution, his sitting room, letters written during this important time. It's a must-see, and you need to ask for someone to take you into the room (they are quite modest about it..).

The bar is also rich with history - Hemmingway, Agatha Christie, Greta Garbo, Queen Elizabeth - this was the place to stay in Istanbul once-upon-a-time, and it is again. It's dark, velvety, comfy, sumptuous. Order something old-school.

Finally, the reference in my title to "Istanbul Passage" is a great book by Joseph Kanon that takes place post-WWII in Turkey. Many of the scenes are in the Pera Palace. Very cool.

Windstar clients: Stay here. You'll be glad you did.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 20, 2012

We had the luck to discover the Pera Palace recently and had a very pleasant experience at the Bar. The service is excellent and the atmosphere is simply elegant. If you are looking for a silent and cozy place to chat with your friends, this is the place to go in Beyoglu/Taksim.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 19, 2012

Sat as the sun set.
Pleasant staff at what is in effect the smokers terrace bar!
The menu was so dull and un Turkish we left.
The traffic noise from below was very bad.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

We loved staying at the Pera Palace Hotel for 2 nights prior to our cruise. It exudes old world charm and elegance, yet is not stuffy. The room and the amenities were lovely. The staff were friendly and helpful. The breakfast was sumptuous, we never left unsatisfied.
It was so interesting to visit the Attaturk Room and to ride in the oldest elevator in the city, as well as to think of all of the most fascinating people who passed through as they came and went on the Orient Express.
I would most definitely recommend a stay at the Pera Palace.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 7, 2012

I have always loved this hotel. I would always go and have a drink in the bar to soak up the atmosphere even before the 30 million Eurro renovation. Now it has everything, luxury , beautiful rooms and a warm and welcoming staff. I was lucky enough to stay there recently. The location is my favorite in Istanbul. Beyoglu has some of the best restaurants, nightclubs and art galleries in Istanbul. It is also near the Galata Mevlevihanesi where you can see one of the most authentic dervish ceremony in Turkey. The sea view rooms have balconies that look over the Golden Horn towards the old city for views of the famous mosques, the Haghia Sofia and Topkapi Palace. The afternoon tea is another experience to take you back in time, served on the original silver and China. A perfect experience!

Room Tip: The sea view rooms are smaller, The Pierre Lotti suite has more space and views as well.
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

My husband and I returned to the pera palace hotel again , and were welcomed by an upgrade to the presidential suite . The hotel maintains its previous standards of excellence and service . Umar at their reception was extremely helpful, allowing us to check out at 5 pm for an 8 pm flight with no charge. Excellent breakfast , beautiful views, buzzing location - highly recommended!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 29, 2012

Sadly I couldn't stay over night. Happily there was time to check out the Cocktail Bar, the Tea Shop and the Spa. As an Agatha Christie fan it was a fabulous treat. The Christie room was rented out so we couldn't see it but we did enjoy a lovely pot of tea and a truly fabulous strawberry mousse slice for morning tea and a very strong martini at sun down. All reasonably priced, beautifully presented with the standard of glass, china and silverware that Agatha would have expected. Just like a scene out of Murder on the Orient Express. Steps away from the delights of the Pera Museum and the memorable Istiklal Street. Enjoy!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about 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:
#24 Spa Hotel in Istanbul
#29 Business Hotel in Istanbul
#44 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#46 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#49 Family Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range: $135 - $278 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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