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Pera Palace Hotel 1892

Pera Palace Hotel 1892, Istanbul

Grand & Elegant Hotel – typically up to £400 per room per night


Short description

An Istanbul icon favoured by Hemingway and Hitchcock


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City | City-break | History & culture

Edward VIII, Josephine Baker and Mata Hari were fans of this legendary Istanbul hotel, and little wonder, given its history and iconic status. As its name suggests, the Pera Palace dates back to 1892, and is almost more museum than hotel. It’s both heritage and hip, imbued with the glamour of former glittering decades, now lined with every modern convenience expected. The staff embody this juxtaposition perfectly – old-school courtesy, with tips on all the best old and new places to visit. In a city that will forever be ambiguous and fascinating, half East, half West, the Pera Palace is perfectly poised.

The hotel has lovingly preserved the old classical style that was adored by Hemingway and Hitchcock. Agatha Christie loved staying here too. Being in the heart of an especially colourful and old quarter of Istanbul appealed to them as much as it does to the travellers who continue to flock there decades later. 

Rooms are more luxurious than they were then, with intricately woven carpets and sumptuous beds, and marbled bathrooms, but the views are still evocative of the ancient maritime romance of this city. Old and new are just streets away, on return within the old walls are restaurants rated by both locals and visitors, a spa with a traditional Turkish Hammam and an indoor jet-streamed swimming pool.

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