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.
"Should Have Been Better"
I stayed 2 nights at the Pera Palace during a stopover on my way back to the USA from Northern Cyprus. I booked the hotel specifically because of its heritage and in that aspect was probably not disappointed. It is beautifully decorated with a red velvet theme and lovely historic touches like the old (non-functional') wrought iron elevator. The age of the hotel also add some inconveniences like several stairs between reception and the elevator that make for a bit of a struggle with heavy luggage, only one functional elevator that was often crowded and needed a few passes before there was room to get up or down and a retrofitted en suite bathroom that seemed a little awkward. Mine had the toilet placed behind the door which required a bit of sidling to squeeze past the open door to the commode. You expect all of these things and to me they do not detract from the hotel. Unfortunately, there were a few things that did detract. On arrival I was informed that my room had been upgraded from the city side to the water side but on the 1st floor. It turned out that the water view was gained by looking to the left while crushed up against the window. It also meant that I was directly above a public space where there was a loud party on my second night with a live band and singer. The noise was pretty intrusive. The room itself was small but very tastefully decorated including nice bedding with goose down pillows and a very tall window with mechanical curtain pull. There was an extensive minibar (the first I have seen that included a condom - good on them!), easy to use safe and espresso maker. More about the latter later. The in-room internet was free, easy to use, stable and fast. The bathroom was a bit awkward as mentioned above but nicely decorated and had a raindrop shower head. Unfortunately the shower also contained a large mat of long black hair - I am a blonde and noticed it before stepping in. Nasty! (See Photos) The other somewhat concerning incident involved the espresso maker. Two pods were provided and I used one before turning the machine off and heading out for a look around. On my return in the evening I found the espresso machine turned on again and the second pod missing. When I asked about this at reception they were eager to replace the missing pod but offered no explanation for why the machine had apparently been used in my absence. The next day, the same thing happened. The machine was not left on but another of the pods was missing. Very odd. Breakfast was served in a restaurant on the -1 Floor and was something of a zoo scene. I guess it was pretty busy but there was a fair bit of chaos with the Maitre De shouting egg orders (I am not sure who to) and the tea and coffee person pouring the wrong beverage into half full cups. The food selection was nothing special and I couldn't face going back the second morning. Finally, a few words about the staff. The front desk staff and those outside the front door were charming and helpful although there were so many outside that I felt I had to push through them to get to the door. The concierge on the other hand seemed bored and only answered questions rather than pro-actively providing information. Not very helpful at all. All in all I was disappointed with the Pera Palace. It is not a cheap hotel that on balance didn't feel like a premium experience.
"Beautiful interiors and friendly staff"
We stayed at this hotel in May for several nights. I was so much impressed with historical interiors and view from my room to the sea! Also it was very nice to spend evenings in amazingly decorated restaurant/bar on the first floor. Nevertheless the interiors look historical, there is no feeling that the hotel is old. The location is good, you can take a nice walk to the city center up Istiklal street. Breakfast was very nice with fruits and hot dishes. The staff was friendly and provided good service, especially the concierge, who provided us with so many great advices on sightseeing and restaurants. Ask him, if you are not sure where to have dinner, you won’t be disappointed!
"Luxury AND history"
This hotel is nothing short of magnificent! The opulence in every room is a treat for the eyes. From the details in the room, Including the view of the city and water from our balcony, to the restaurant at teatime, you won't be disappointed. There is an excellent bar with live music most nights. Also a French desert shop is a must to grab some fine French delights. This hotel is in the heart of the city and most major sights are a short walk away. Considering all the remodelling, & thick traffic, it's the best way. I hear May through October is the best season to go as there are many very steep pathways. This hotel has the history of the Orient Express as Agatha Christie wrote it here. It has turkeys first operational elevator, being second in all of Europe. More fun historic facts, but I don't want to ruin it for you! ☺️
This hotel is simply perfect! It has a vintage feeling, but the furniture and rooms are not old, everything is very modern at the same time. The pillow menu is very complete with lots of options. I always ask for the room with the shower and not only the bathtub since they have a rain shower that is really good. There is a room for afternoon tea with a pianist and the breakfast is amazing.
"A classic experience in a nostalgic 5 star hotel"
This hotel is located in Istanbul within a 5 minute walk from the famous Istiklal street, which allows you to stay out late and get back without going through empty dark streets and alleys, and a 10 minute walk from şişahne metro station, and a 15 minute walk from the nearest tramvay station (tophane) and right next to a taxi park with lots of taxi cabs always available if needed. However, to get to taksim square, you'll have to walk up istiklat st. for around 15 minutes or take a taxi from right next to the hotel which will cost around 15 liras. The staff are extremely friendly, the service is great, breakfast is good, it does not offer lots of choices for your first meal of the day. The indoor pool is okay. The rooms are comfortable and clean. The furniture is classic which gives a charm to the place especially with the nostalgic old stair case and elevator well and hallway telephones. Overall, its in a great location, friendly staff, and clean rooms. A very good experience.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard
Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM