Istanbul's Grand Dame Is Getting a Little Nip and Tuck
Another week, another historic hotel revamp is nearly completed. This time it’s the turn of the Pera Palace in Istanbul, which is entering its last month of building works – it’s down to open 1 September. Just in time, too, seeing as we’re now more than halfway through Istanbul’s stint as European Capital of Culture.
The restoration has taken two years and €20m, and as well as a spruce up for the whole property, they’ve updated it with a spa. And although wishy washy hotel spas weren’t around when the Pera Palace originally opened in 1892, they’ve kept things traditional with a Turkish hammam, steam bath, sauna and Jacuzzi, as well as a modern gym.
The bedroom pictures on the website are all a bit too zoomed in to tell what they’re going to be like – although the “Deluxe Golden Horn View” room that we can see looks a little plain/crazy draped for our liking – but it looks like the public areas are going to be outstanding if this Kubbeli Saloon tea lounge is anything to go by.
Culture and tea – could there be a better (sober) combination? If you want to give it a go, rooms on opening night start at €265 ($350/£220).