Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Best Hotels in: Istanbul

There are a number of incredible hotels in Istanbul, whether you choose to go for the beautifully appointed ex-prison that is the Four Seasons or the ultra-modern fashion centre that is the Park Hyatt there is something for everyone.

Our favourite at the moment is the landmark ‘Pera Palace Hotel’, fresh out of a €23-million facelift. The restoration is completely in-tune with the original designs and the hotel has kept a very classic feel in all its communal spaces. However, once you enter any of the 115 rooms you will notice that much thought has gone into maintaining the original decor whilst showcasing the latest technology. The rooms have everything you would possibly need for a comfortable stay and some feature delightful balconies from which you can enjoy the bustling city below.

The impressive lobby leads to the majestic, domed Kubbeli Saloon and Tea Lounge with its exotic 'Arabian Nights' ambience. The Orient Bar and the Patisserie de Pera have a nostalgic charm reminiscent of a journey on the Orient Express. This was after all where you would stay after journeying on the luxurious train.

A new basement level features a spa and Turkish bath, as well as the refined Agatha restaurant (named after Agatha Christie, the hotel's most famous guest). All in all this is a wonderfully located hotel with the perfect mix of modern and classic. A little treat when staying here: have a ride on the old lift! Pera Palace was the first address in Istanbul with an electric lift (it's the second oldest in Europe after the Eiffel Tower's)

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