Istanbul's Grand Dame Is Getting a Little Nip and Tuck
August 3, 2010 at 4:29 PM
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).