Jumeirah Group signed a management agreement with Demsa Group to operate the Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey. Jumeirah Group will assume management of the museum hotel starting May 1, and the property will be known as Pera Palace Hotel, Jumeirah.
Pera Palace Hotel originally opened in 1892 as the destination hotel in Istanbul for travellers on the Orient Express train. Its design reflects art nouveau, neoclassical and oriental styles, complete with white Carrara marble, Murano glass chandeliers and hand-woven Ousak carpets. Known as the longest established luxury hotel in Istanbul, Pera Palace boasted the first electric elevator in Turkey and its rooms have hosted such personalities as the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, and such figures as Agatha Christie, Greta Garbo, Alfred Hitchcock and Ernest Hemingway.
The room where Atatürk preferred to stay – room 101 – has been registered as a museum by the Ministry of Culture, and visitors may now see some of his personal belongings and artefacts dating back to his visits to the hotel from 1917 until his death in 1938.
Located in the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul, Pera Palace Hotel, Jumeirah has 115 rooms including 16 suites, the majority of them with balconies. The hotel underwent a major refurbishment resulting in a grand re-opening in September 2010. In late 2011, the hotel’s usage rights transferred to Demsa Group, which has now selected Jumeirah Group to operate the property.
The hotel has a 4,090 square-foot spa and four function rooms. Its main restaurant, Agatha, is named after British crime writer Agatha Christie and serves French, Italian and Turkish specialities. Also available is the Orient Bar, the Kubbeli Saloon and Tea Lounge, Patisserie de Pera and Orient Terrace.