Pera Palace Hotel

Location: Istanbul | Turkey

Price guide: £££££ £200-£350 per person per night

Culture buffs will revel in Pera Palace Hotel’s literary past, as this was once the hideaway of choice for Agatha Christie and Ernest Hemingway. Steeped in history, this is the oldest hotel in Istanbul and continues to wow guests with its Turkish charm and luxurious feel. Delicate murano glass chandeliers hang from the domed ceilings of the tea saloon, just one of the many stylish gems dreamt up by French-Turkish architect Alexandre Vallaury back in the late 19th century.
Perfect forThose after an extra-special city break with a large dose of cultural history.
In the knowThe oldest lift in Istanbul is right here in Pera Palace Hotel - and still scoots guests up to their rooms to this day!

Recommended for...

  • History & Heritage
  • City Hotel
  • Service & Hospitality
  • Luxury Hotel

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

Pera Palace Hotel sits in the heart of the vibrant Beyoglu district.

Rooms at Pera Palace Hotel

The rooms and suites are discreetly elegant, with tailor-made furniture, antiques and art, alongside marble bathrooms, and many have French balconies with pretty views. Stay in the spacious and beautiful Agatha Christie and Greta Garbo rooms, dedicated to famous former guests - Agatha Christie is rumoured to have written Murder on the Orient Express here.

Food & Drink

Pera Palace Hotel has your gourmet needs covered: Agatha is the lovely signature restaurant, serving up Turkish, French and Italian cuisine, and the Kubbeli Saloon Tea Lounge is the place to be for a delectable afternoon tea in an opulent setting, accompanied by a pianist.

The Orient Terrace is a perfect al fresco dining spot, while those with a sweet tooth should visit the Patisserie de Pera, a sugar den of French cakes that Marie Antoinette would’ve swooned at - you must also try the macaroons and the handmade chocolates. 


The hotel has an indoor swimming pool, as well as a large spa, a Jacuzzi and a Turkish hammam - ideal for some pampering in between sightseeing.  

Activities at Pera Palace Hotel

Have a nose around the Ataturk Museum Room, which is dedicated to the famous Turkish leader who stayed here on many occasions. Many of his possessions are on display, from clothes and glasses through to medals and reading material.

Discover the shops, bars, restaurants and museums nearby. 

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Hotel location

Pera Palace Hotel is approximately a 45-minute drive from Istanbul airport.

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