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My Stay at Istanbul’s Pera Palace Hotel: History & Mystery

Ever since I got hooked on that Netflix series set in a historic Istanbul hotel, where a journalist unravels a plot that could alter the course of modern Turkey, my curiosity about Pera Palace Hotel reached new heights. And folks, the magic ignited the moment I stepped into the Pera Palace in Istanbul. The doors swung open, a butler greeted me with a “Welcome to Pera Palace,” and I swear, every detail mirrored the series so closely, it felt like stepping onto the set—or better yet, into history itself.

Staying at Pera Palace Hotel: What it’s Like?

Staying at Pera Palace was like being part of a living, breathing museum. Each corner tells a story, each room holds a secret. Whether it’s sipping tea in the lounge, imagining the conversations that took place, or gazing out at the city from my room, I felt connected to a history much larger than myself. It’s an experience I’d recommend to anyone with a zest for history, a love for beauty, and a penchant for luxury.

The Historical Grandeur of Pera Palace Hotel

Now, if you’ve been tailing my adventures, you’re well aware of my Art Deco addiction (a huge shoutout to my home, Miami, for fueling this obsession). Pera Palace is a living, breathing museum of that gilded age. With every corner, every detail echoing the Ottoman’s flirtation with the 20s grandeur. It’s like stepping into a time machine, only this one serves fantastic tea.

Pera Palace Hotel History

Right off the bat, the Pera Palace is no ordinary stay—it’s a time machine. Built in 1892, this place has seen the comings and goings of some of the most iconic figures in history. Imagine lounging in the same space where Ernest Hemingway might have mulled over a whiskey or where Greta Garbo sought refuge from the paparazzi’s relentless gaze. It’s not just a hotel; it’s a living, breathing museum of stories.

The Allure of the Famous

The allure of Pera Palace isn’t just in its opulent design or its prime location; it’s in its guestbook. Staying here makes you part of an exclusive lineage of guests—think Mata Hari, Agatha Christie, and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. You’re not just checking in; you’re signing up to be part of history.

Agatha Christie’s Mystery

Speaking of Agatha Christie, rumor has it that her disappearance in 1926 was spent concocting the plot for “Murder on the Orient Express” within these very walls. Whether you’re a die-hard mystery fan or just someone who appreciates a good story, the Christie Suite (yes, there’s a suite named after her) is like stepping into a literary puzzle waiting to be solved.

Ataturk’s Legacy

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey, had a special connection with Pera Palace, room 101 to be precise. It’s now a museum of sorts, a tribute to a man who shaped a nation. Walking through, you feel a profound sense of respect mixed with an intimate glimpse into his world.

Pera Palace Hotel Restaurants

  • Orient Terrace: This place is a vibe! It’s where sophistication meets fashion in a menu that’s as vibrant as the atmosphere. Dining here felt like attending one of those ritzy receptions from the past.
  • Orient Bar: Talk about stepping into an icon. This bar is where tradition meets a sprinkle of change, all while maintaining its timeless charm.
  • Kubbeli Lounge: Their tea parties are the stuff of legends. Sipping English Afternoon Tea while piano tunes fill the air? Pure bliss, friends. It’s like mingling with the Istanbul elite of the 20s.
  • Agatha Restaurant: This spot is a tribute to the evolution of food culture. Agatha keeps the legacy alive, serving dishes that tell tales of culinary excellence.
  • Patisserie de Pera: A slice of the sweet life, this lounge is all about indulgence in the coziest setting. It’s where you want to be for those heart-to-heart moments or some solo time with a decadent dessert.

Midnight at Pera Palace : The Netflix’s Series

And if all this wasn’t intriguing enough, Netflix decided to immortalize the Pera Palace in its series, bringing its hidden corners and whispered secrets to screens worldwide. Watching the series before my stay added layers to my visit, each scene from the show playing back as I explored the nooks and crannies of the hotel.

10 fun facts about Pera Palace Hotel

I believe that you can travel the world without quitting your job. I believe that you can experience all the magic, the foodies and the cultures of the world while having a normal life. And, perhaps, two dogs. This is exactly what I’ve been doing for 15 years. This is exactly what my blog is about. Love, Lilia

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