Pera Palace, Istanbul
Established in 1892 by the French-Ottoman architect Alexander Vallaury, the Pera Palace is a historical museum-hotel designed in neoclassical, art nouveau and oriental styles. It was built to accommodate travellers arriving to Istanbul with the Orient Express from Paris and has since hosted the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Agatha Christie, Atatürk and Greta Garbo.
The hotel is located in the historical Pera district of Istanbul and its 115 rooms and suites offer either city views or spectacular views of the Golden Horn as the majority of the rooms are complemented by balconies. They have high ceilings and elegant clear-glass chandeliers, generously proportioned windows, authentic Turkish rugs and marble bathrooms.
In terms of gastronomy, Agatha Restaurant offers contemporary Turkish cuisine, while Orient Bar & Terrace is a popular meeting point for Istanbul’s high society and international travelers. Kubbeli Saloon is a tea lounge, while the classic French Patisserie de Pera serves delicious Turkish and French-inspired handmade cakes, macaroons, gateaux and homemade chocolates.
Pera SPA has a hammam with a classic heated marble platform and foam bath. Guests can enjoy the steam bath, hot tub, sauna and a fully equipped gym. The indoor jet-streamed swimming pool offers the healing power of water both in summer and winter.