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The Pera Palace – Istanbul’s iconic Hotel to the stars! 

August 1, 2015

My darling husband and I are celebrating our 10 year anniversary in the city we got married in a decade ago. Istanbul has always been my favourite city in the whole world and we will be celebrating by spending the weekend in this beautiful mystical city without the little ones.

I am writing to you from an iconic historic hotel, a majestic building in the heart of old Istanbul which has played host to such great stars of past and present. 

The Pera Palace was built in 1892 for the purpose of hosting the passengers of the Orient Express and was named after the place where it is located; the historic Pera region of Istanbul.

Many celebrities of the early 20th Century including Sarah Bernhardt, King Edward VIII, Greta Garbo, Alfred Hitchcock, Ernest Hemingway and Agatha Christie have been guests here. Pera Palace was designated a “museum-hotel” in 1981 when, as a tribute to the founder of modern Turkey, Room 101 was converted into the Atatürk Museum.

It is during her stay at the Pera Palace that Agatha Christie wrote ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ – a world famous book and movie.

And to this day The Pera Palace Hotel displays this historic heritage in the best way possible. The hotel has an ‘Agatha Christie Room’ – a must for fans! For it is within these walls that Christie wrote ‘Murder on the Orient Express’. Room 411 is a beautifully classic room with an extensive library, with the burgundy and black backdrop creating the perfect feeling of intrigue and mystery. I asked to view the room on my visit but unfortunately for me ot was full. Here is a picture I discovered online.

Agatha Christie Room

The hotel has a perfectly pink patisserie too for those of you with a sweet tooth. I enjoyed a relaxing cup of tea with lemon while listening to Edith Piaf, it is like taking a step back in time to an era where nothing was rushed, time was taken to enjoy and contemplate. 

I watched the hustle and bustle of Istanbul from it’s intricately decorated windows and thought about what amazing times, loves, tears, joys, betrayals these walls have experienced.

A piece of living history anyone visiting Istanbul must visit!

Find out more about this gem of Istanbul here

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