The iconic Historic Cafe “Pera Palace” in Istanbul was inaugurated in 1892 and it’s a venue that played an important role in shaping the “character” of Istanbul.
The Café, housed in “Pera Palace” Hotel, is located on the ‘european’ side of the City, and has been the favorite residence of the famous writers Agatha Christie, Ernest Hemingway, Pierre Lotti, and other important people, amongst them Greta Garbo and Jackie Onassis. The hotel rooms are in fact named after their famous visitors, and still, keep many elements from the past.
It is worth noting that one of Agatha Christie’s masterpieces “Murder at the Orient Express” is said to have been written in the Room 411, where the famous author spent lots of her time when in Istanbul. Today room 411 is always full of guests rushing to spend a few nights in the room of one of the most important female writers of all time!
Ernest Hemingway also stayed at the hotel (in the 1920s) as a journalist-correspondent back then, and used to spend many hours in the hotel’s cafe bar where he wrote his articles.
At the unique “Pera Palace” Café – bar there are art nouveau elements, luxurious chandeliers, and wood carved details. During the war, a bomb destroyed much of the building, but the famous.