Opened in 1895
to accommodate the pampered travellers
arriving aboard the Orient
Palace Hotel (Pera
Palas Oteli), located in Tepebaşı,
holds a unique place in the annals
of Istanbul lodging-places.
Extensive renovations completed in
2010 have preserved the hotel's orientalist
strongly evocative of fin-de-siècle Constantinople,
and brought the hotel's technical
systems up to the 21st century while
carefully preserving the ambiance
and detail of its public rooms and
the 115 guest rooms (17 of them suites).
salon before renovations.
The hotel's other services have likewise
been upgraded: the Agatha Restaurant is
for upscale dinner, the Brasserie
1892 is less formal, the Orient
Bar and Patisserie
de Pera provide drinks
A sumptuous formal afternoon tea is
served in the central domed
Salon) for about TL50 per person.
An elborate spa and
indoor swimming pool provide professionally-assisted relaxation.
The location in the Tepebaşı
hotel district is good,
1.6 km (1 mile) southwest of Taksim
Square right next to the Palazzo
(formerly the US Consulate-General),
where I once took Turkish lessons.
you stay here or not,
stroll in for a look. If you do so
between 3 and 4 pm, you may ask to
see Room 101—Atatürk's
suite, kept as a museum.
No charge for the visit.
Meşrutiyet Caddesi No. 52 (map)
—by Tom Brosnahan
the Pera Palace Hotel, headquarters
of Ottoman Orientalist
an advertisement from 1900
Below, the hotel
in April 2010.