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The return of a historic Istanbul hotel

The decor is a unique hybrid; the location is second to none

The return of a historic Istanbul hotel

April 01 2010
Maria Shollenbarger

In Istanbul, a hotel with history to spare is making a conspicuous comeback. Pera Palace (www.perapalace.com; from €250), built in 1892 as a (very luxe) way station for passengers on the Orient-Express, will reopen on April 30 with its unique-to-Istanbul hybrid of art deco, art nouveau, neoclassical and Ottoman flourishes fully restored.

It remains to be seen whether it can compete at the level of the Ciragan Palace or the Four Seasons Bosphorus, but its location in Beyoglu – an electric mix of boutiques, cafés and lounges still juxtaposed with the odd gritty kebab stand – is assuredly its calling card

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Turkey, Istanbul, Hotels