Pera Palace Hotel, Jumeirah is located in the dynamic heart of Istanbul,only 20 kilometers, separates you from the Ataturk Airport and few minutes separates you from Istiklal street and taksim square.
"Afternoon tea a perfect birthday treat"
It was my 60th birthday on the 18th November and I had dreamed of having afternoon tea with my best friend in this special hotel. I had made a reservation by phone that morning for 5pm. However due to us moving to different accommodation we did not reach the Kubbeli Tea Salon until 5.30pm and it was due to close at 6pm! It was packed and every table was occupied. After a bit of initial confusion I was able to explain to the Maitre De that I had made a reservation and that it was fory 60th birthday. After apologising profusely, he quickly set about finding extra comfortable chairs and we were seated within minutes. It was excellent. The savouries were delicious and the stars were the mini desserts, so many of them arranged beautifully on a central table around a massive flower arrangement. The pianist, a sprightly 93 year old with a twinkle in his eye had finished playing but he came over and asked my name. He kissed my hand and explained that something special was about to take place in honour of my birthday! A bit later he sat down and started to play and sing Happy Birthday whilst all the Tea Room Staff joined in the singing and brought me a special cake with a candle. It was delightful. Everyone clapped, my photograph was taken and I felt like royalty. Soon we were moved to an even better table and told that the Tea Room would be kept open for a further 30 minutes to allow us to enjoy our tea. Marvellous. Well worth the money 90TL about £18. Afterwards we strolled around the hotel and briefly visited the Orient Bar and the Patisserie. A memorable day and one I will not ever forget. My recommendation is to book the Afternoon Tea and enjoy a delicious tea in beautiful historical surroundings in comfort.
I am really exciting to spend my honeymoon in this hotel and looking forward to enjoy the stay and I really would like to thank Evren Esen for the kind hospitality and respond when I email the hotel to let them know about my reason of this visit .
"Comfy heritage stay"
Rooms are spacious,well maintained. Comfortable bed to rest. Nice view of the Bosporus from window. You can see busy road below.Tasty breakfast spread. Wonderful breads and pastries. Excellent shower area,liked the marble seating in the shower area (Room207) The hotel was very courteous in changing our room which we had earlier checked in due to some smell issue. We were alloted Room 207 without having much haste. The housekeeping staff constantly keeps checking if any requirements by guests are to be taken care of. Well maintained in house museum which depicts history of the hotel. Felt the Agatha Christie moments, feels very Royal at this Hotel. Very close to Galata tower. Overall a comfortable and enjoyable relaxed stay at Pera Palace.
"Orient bar is stunning. "
I was dragged kicking and screaming to this hotel by my Agatha Christie loving wife and boy was I glad she did. The bar is stunning and full of photos of the famous people who've stayed there, Jackie Onassis, Alfred Hitchcock, Agatha Christie of course and also the "Chuckle Brothers." Well they might have been! Coming from London I was expecting to be weeping at the bill when I got it for a hotel of this stature ,but not a bit of it. We had two beers, gin and tonic, capuccino,club sandwich and a gorgeous wrap all with the best fries I've had for under £40. In fact if we come back to Istanbul we would splash out and actually stay at this gorgeous and historical hotel. I'd highly recommend at least a drink in the Orient bar.
"Step back in time and experience Turkish luxury"
Whats not to like about a hotel steeped in history and restored with modern luxury in the middle of amazing Istanbul. The service is maybe a little curt but efficient. We stayed in the Greta Garbo suite and the name says it all....WOW Step out the door and the sights and smells make for an amazing experience. Even once just do it!!!
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard
Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM