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Pera Palace Hotel, Jumeirah
Ranked #61 of 1,141 Hotels in Istanbul
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Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
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“orient express experience”
Reviewed September 5, 2012

this is a historical building which renovated recently an I really enjoyed my stay. Although the rooms are small, they are well designed with nice furniture. The location is lively, there are very good restaurants around and good nightlife. The staff was also helpful.

Room Tip: ask for a quiet room, it could be very noisy outside untill very late...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 3, 2012 via mobile

Had a pleasant stay at this hotel, great staff, service was excellent, except for the location was a bit noisy. My previous stay two years ago at Grand Hyatt has a better location, but overall it wasn't a regret to experience this hotel. I highly recommend their grand studio room, highly spacious.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

Just spent three nights at what has to be reviewed as the most welcoming and attentive hotel I have had the pleasure to stay at in Istanbul.
Please remember that this hotel is classified as an 'historic hotel' although in my opinion worthy of a five star classification. Obviously with a building that is steeped in history, there may be a few things that the building could not provide in comparison to a new build. Some of the bedrooms may be slightly smaller than those found in new build 5 star property.
Service throughout our stay was exemplary, being attentive but never intrusive. Cocktails on the terrace were well blended and presented to a high standard.
Overall a magical stay and one I hope to repeat in the near future.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

it's not very often that a hotel positively surprises me, but this one did. i had my reservations about staying in a museum hotel, but thanks to a recent renovation pera palace managed to deliver a pleasant mix of the modern and classical. there are many historical items (at display, or being used) at the hotel, which immerses you in the romantic feel of historical turkey, while at the same time modern conveniences in the rooms make them very comfortable and luxurious. the hotel staff was friendly and very helpful, and the concierge went above and beyond to help us get around and get taxis, etc. the location is excellent, being within walking distance of many attractions and a short cab ride from the rest of the city.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 18, 2012

We had lunch at the Pera Palace Hotel in the Orient Terrace Restaurant. The views from the hotel of Istanbul are just breathtaking! The service at the restaurant is great, and the staff are well informed about the property- while we were waiting for our food we found out that not only Jackie Kennedy, Agatha Christie, British royals and Alfred Hitchcock stayed at the property but also the great founder of the Turkish Republic- Atatürk (room 101!). If you have the chance, go for the tour of the property (10am-11am) and (15:00-16:00) where the staff tell you in great detail about the history of the hotel. The food is well priced and very very tasty- they put a spin on traditional Turkish food and its a great result. Definitely try the "nani limonata" (mint lemonade), it was fresh and very delicious!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

We stayed at the Pera Palace in Istanbul in June. A completely renovated old hotel known for being the place where Agatha Christie wrote Murder on the Orient Express and Hemingway and other celebrities enjoyed their beautiful bar, this is a perfect location in a magical city. Service was wonderful and the atmosphere unique. The room we stayed in had a balcony from which we could see city streets with locals hurrying to work in the morning and the beautiful Bophorus in the distance. Not a large room but very comfortable and with a upgraded bathroom. Walking around Istanbul is an unbeatable experience. Try to take the 6 hour walk/eat tour called Istanbul Eats. Very local places with wonderful tastes in each. The most beautiful dinner restaurants are nearby and on the rooftops with unbeatable views of the mosques lighting up in the dusk. Never had a bad meal.

Room Tip: Ask for rooms facing the Bosphorus. Have them show you Agatha's room, a shrine of sorts, but su...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Athens, Greece
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

The best choice to make if you are going to stay at beyoglu and want to be near the commercial street Istiklal. Situated at the eastern side of Istanbul, this is a historical hotel the one that opened for the first time to welcome travellers of the time when the famous Orient express would arrive at Istanbul! More like a palace, than a simple hotel, it is by itself an attraction! Dont miss the roof garden for coffee and dont forget to try the "afternoon tea'' menu!Watch the preserved room of Agatha Cristie and many other's famous visitors of this hotel, check the 2nd oldest elevator in Europe, after the one of the Eiffel Tower adn enjoy a king's stay at this hotel. Its neghbourghood is very close to different cafes, restaurants, shops, and the tunel that leads to the galata tower and then the tram to pass towards the european side of the city.

Room Tip: Top floors view the Bosporus and the bridge!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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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:
#22 Spa Hotel in Istanbul
#30 Business Hotel in Istanbul
#44 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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