Since its opening in 1895, Pera Palace Hotel has drawn many distinguished guests from all over the world with its Belle Epoque glamour. It was originally built to accommodate the passengers of the famous Orient Express, which made its first epic Paris-Istanbul round-trip in 1883.
The iconic building was later designed by renowned French-Ottoman architect Alexander Vallaury and has played host to an impressive list of guests that includes Ernest Hemingway, Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock among others.
Today the hotel maintains the elegant classical style that made it famous, with authentic 19th-century features serving as a timeless focal point. Pera Palace Hotel is located close to Istiklal Avenue in Beyoğlu district, Istanbul's main artery for shopping, entertainment, art and history lovers.
Hint: To be teleported back in time, check the hotel’s ever popular afternoon tea held daily from 15:00 to 18:00 at the oriental decor of Kubbeli Lounge, accompanied by a sumptuous buffet and smooth jazz piano music.