Pera Palace Hotel
Pera Palace Hotel is undoubtedly the first place that comes to mind when it comes to historical hotels in Istanbul. It was opened with a magnificent ball in 1895 as Turkey’s first hotel in European standards, when Beyoğlu was called Pera.
The reason for the opening of the hotel was to host the guests brought by the Orient Express, one of the most luxurious train journeys in the world. The hotel had famous guests such as Ernest Hemingway, Agatha Christie and Atatürk.
It was the building where electricity was supplied, the first electric elevator and the first running hot water, outside the Ottoman palaces in Istanbul.
Pera Palas Hotel, Turkey’s first hotel in European standards, has witnessed historical events since its establishment and has become one of the most important symbols of the city’s culture.
One of the most important guests of the hotel, which has hosted Mustafa Kemal Atatürk many times since 1917, was the world-famous British crime novel writer Agatha Christie. It is said that he wrote Murder on the Orient Express, one of the author’s most famous novels, during one of his visits in room 411.
When you visit Pera Palace, do not forget to see the 124-year-old historical elevator. Domed Salon, Agatha Restaurant, Patisserie de Pera and Orient Bar are the places of taste that will take you to the golden years of Istanbul.
Midnight in Pera Palas, which tells the story of a journalist traveling through time to the first years of the Republic, was broadcast on Netflix as eight episodes.
The series, written by Elif Usman, tells the story of Esra’s struggle to prevent an assassination of Atatürk in 1919 and what happened to her during this time. According to Netflix’s data, watching Midnight at Pera Palace has exceeded 25 million hours.