Tuesday, February 20, 2018


Sultanahmet, Fatih - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°00'22.6"N 28°58'48.3"E / 41.006263, 28.980092



Sultanahmet Prison (Turkish: Sultanahmet Cezaevi), a former prison in Istanbul. It is located in Sultanahmet neighborhood of Fatih district on the historical peninsula. Built in 1918 / 1919, it was the first jailhouse in the capital of the Ottoman Empire, constructed in a contemporary concept considering the regulation of the daily life and relationship with the outside of inmates, who were awaiting trial or serving brief sentences.

The building was designed in Turkish neoclassical style in the beginning of the period called "First National Architecture". It was built next to the courthouse building, which was constructed in 1845 initially as university (Ottoman Turkish: Darülfünun). An inscription in Ottoman language upon the main gate of the building states the name of the facility as the "Capital City Murder Jail" (Ottoman Turkish: Dersaadet Cinayet Tevkifhanesi). It is a four-story building with guard towers enclosing a courtyard.

In the jailhouse, juveniles and women were also detained. Following the establishment of the Sağmalcılar Prison, the inmates were transferred to the new site and the jail was abandoned on January 25, 1969. Later during the military rule, the building continued to be used as a military jailhouse.


In 1992, after a long period of neglect, a redevelopment project was considered to convert the building into a hotel. The jailhouse, having great significance in terms of history of art and architecture, was renovated and opened in 1996 as a deluxe hotel of the Toronto-based Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts chain.

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet is an intimate retreat of just 65 rooms and suites located in a former prison in the centre of Istanbul’s Old Town. The three-storey, neo-classic building wraps around a landscaped, courtyard garden - formerly the prisoners’ exercise yard - and neighbours some of the city’s most impressive historical monuments. Opened in 1996, the Hotel is one of the jewels in Four Seasons’ crown, most recently named "Best Small Hotel in Europe - 2012 by Travel & Leisure’s coveted annual readers" poll.

The UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Topkapı Palace, Haghia Sophia and the Blue Mosque are just a couple of minutes stroll from the Hotel. In keeping with this privileged location, the Hotel’s interiors and decoration pay homage to the city’s rich Ottoman heritage. Shuttered windows and arched doorways open to reveal well-lit, uncluttered spaces; decorative Ottoman artefacts and antique rugs are incorporated amongst neoclassical furniture and welcoming Turkish sofas. The resultant effect exudes an easy, homely ambience that belies the exclusivity of the address.

The Hotel’s restaurant, Seasons, is located within a glass pavilion that forms the focal point of the lush, courtyard garden; here, International and Turkish fine dining come together. Turkish traditions are also evident throughout the Hotel in the warmth of the welcome and consistently high level of service – both exceptional, even by Four Seasons’ standards.

Inside, the prison’s original wooden doors, a multiple-arched hallway opens onto a series of inviting lounges - simple and relaxing yet richly decorated with Ottoman tapestries, antique rugs and paintings. Ottoman traditions are further mirrored in the mural-style artworks by Timur Kerim Incedayi, which also complement the cosy, residential appeal of the ‘Blue Room’ lounge and lobby areas.

Sensitively preserved details throughout the Hotel recall its fascinating history: from the courtyard watchtowers (now housing the elevators) to torque-like brass rings and an inmate’s poignant engraving on an old marble pillar. The use of local materials and decorative geometric motifs further evoke Turkey’s rich history and link the regenerated interiors to the traditional artefacts on display.

The Hotel features a total of 347 windows - a surprising number considering its size and previous use. Light and airy interiors are decorated in warm, natural tones, which defer to the vibrant beauty of the landscaped courtyard and historical monuments beyond. Three-dimensional mosaic artworks by local artist, Hulya Vurnal Ikizgul, bring a simple yet powerful beauty to alcoves and walls both within the Hotel and courtyard, providing an appealing synergy between the indoor and outdoor areas.

With 65 Old City Istanbul luxury guest rooms and suites circling a manicured courtyard where birds sing and a fragrant herb garden gives off an enticing smell, Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet provides an intimate enclave in the heart of the city.

Four Seasons Executive Suite, Premier Room, Deluxe Room

Marmara Suite, St. Sophia Suite, One-Bedroom Deluxe Suite, One-Bedroom Suite

Seasons Restaurant, Lounges, In-Room Dining

Ballroom, Ballroom Pre-function Room, Divan Meeting Room, Boardroom

Spa Services, Fitness Facilities


Wedding Planning
From invitations to wedding cakes, floral creations to memorable farewells, our team of event planners and experts will simplify your planning and make your wedding in Istanbul everything you have ever imagined, whether it's a private ceremony for two, a week-long celebration with family, or an outdoor event on our rooftop terrace overlooking the Blue Mosque.

Spend sunny days and food-and-music-filled nights in a peaceful oasis and Ottoman landmark in the heart of Istanbul's historic centre. We'll do everything we can to make sure you get the most out of this special time.


WEB SITE : Four Seasons İstanbul Hotel

Phone : +90 212 402 3000
Fax : +90 212 402 3010

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Tepebaşı, Beyoğlu - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°01'51.5"N 28°58'25.2"E / 41.030986, 28.973668


The Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah (Turkish: Pera Palas Oteli) is a historic special category hotel and museum hotel located in the Beyoğlu (Pera) district in Istanbul, Turkey. It 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. It holds the title of "the oldest European hotel of Turkey".

The Pera Palace Hotel, offering magnificent views of the Golden Horn and the skyline of the historic peninsula, is located in the Tepebaşı neighbourhood of Pera, once known as "Little Europe". Today, Pera is the cultural and social centre of Istanbul with its vivid night life and sophisticated museums. In addition to its historic grandeur, Pera Palace Hotel is also attractive due to its central location. It is about 20 km from Atatürk International Airport.

The hotel is in walking distance of Istiklal Avenue, Taksim Square and the British, Swedish, Russian, Dutch, Italian, French and German consulates. The hotel was closed from 2006, undergoing a major renovation and restoration project and reopened on September 1, 2010.


In the late 1800s, a gap in the market for luxury hotels in Istanbul was recognised. Passengers aboard the Orient Express, the preserve of the elite, desired somewhere of equal elegance at which to rest their heads upon reaching the last stop in the East from Paris. With this in mind, the Pera Palace Hotel was born. Establishment work began in 1892 and the grand opening ball was held in 1895.

Alexander Vallaury, a French-Turkish architect living in the city designed the hotel in a blend of neo-classical, art nouveau and oriental styles. Vallaury undertook a number of other projects in Istanbul, including The Ottoman Bank Headquarters and The Istanbul Archaeology Museum.

Pera Palace, the longest established European hotel in Turkey, was the first and only building to be powered by electricity, other than the Ottoman Palaces. It was also the only address in the city to provide hot running water for its guests and was home to the first electric elevator in Istanbul.

Architecture and renovation

Pera Palace Hotel opened as the first luxury hotel in the Ottoman Empire providing the last destination stop in the East for passengers on board The Orient Express. Pera Palace Hotel is today regarded as an important historical building and is listed under the general protection of Turkish Law (No. 2863 of 1983, amended with Law No. 5226 of 2004) concerning cultural heritage in Turkey.

All the interior systems of Pera Palace Hotel are built around a 46 x 28 meter rectangular base, giving an open space in the middle of the building. This space with exceptionally high ceilings is named the Kubbeli Saloon and due to its central location, acts as the heart of the building. A roof which previously enclosed the six domes on top of the Kubbeli Salon has been opened up. The domes have been cleaned and the roof has been converted into glass to let in more sunshine.

The exterior façade, as well as the layout of the property, follows a neo-classical approach. The interiors of the building feature a more oriental style, mostly concentrated in the ballroom interior. In keeping with this eclectic vision, art nouveau lines feature in and around the elevator and in the coffee house section.
Although a prominent symbol of Istanbul’s cityscape, the Pera Palace property was in need of an extensive renovation. Consequently in April 2008, the owner launched a 23 million Euro renovation and restoration project. The entire renovation project is completed on September 1, 2010.

The key objectives of the restoration and renovation project were to ensure that the original architectural and design features of the property were preserved in accordance with Turkish Law, seeking to protect the cultural heritage of the country. Equally important was to enhance the infrastructure and technology of the Pera Palace Hotel, to ensure that it delivered on an experience synonymous with the standards of a five star luxury hotel.

The lobby area has been meticulously restored and retains the original art nouveau, neo-classical and oriental design influences. The first electric elevator in Istanbul remains intact, save for technical enhancements to keep it in working order. The communal areas on entrance floor level including The Orient Bar, The French Patisserie, Patisserie de Pera, the Tea Lounge Kubbeli Saloon, as well as the meeting rooms have all been restored whilst retaining the original architectural space and design detail.

A key attraction, the Atatürk Room 101 remains as a ‘Museum Room’, with many personal items and reading material of the great leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk exhibited to the public.

In terms of renovation, the priority was to provide the highest level of comfort in the 115 guest bedrooms including upgrading interior fittings and installating new telecommunication systems. The Murano chandeliers to illuminate the bedrooms and heated Italian Carrara marble within the bathrooms. The names of the hotel suites pay homage to celebrated figures of history who stayed at Pera Palace and these key figures, who include Pierre Loti, Ernest Hemingway, King Edward VIII and the Emperor Franz Joseph are referenced through objet d’arts, archive photography, subtle colour schemes and soft furnishings.

Also new to the property is the opening of the new 380 sqm Pera SPA with indoor pool with jet stream, a traditional Hammam, steam bath, jacuzzi, sauna and three treatment rooms. A gym / fitness centre is also be available.


In 1918, Bodossakis Athanassiades, a Greek entrepreneur of Niğde, moved to Constantinople and settled at Pera Palace Hotel. It was during that time that Bodossakis found out that Compagnie Internationale de Wagon Lits, owner of Pera Palace Hotel, wanted to sell it. Fascinated by the allure of the prestigious Hotel and responding to the trend of the time by which Greeks were buying prime real estate in Constantinople, he immediately offered to buy it. He swiftly arranged a meeting with Baron Jean Batiste de Bourge, who was authorized to sell it. It took one and only meeting for Bodossakis to conclude the deal.

The contract was signed on December 21, of 1918 in Paris for the sum of 5.250.000 French francs. Shortly after, he spent 1.500.000 French Francs for the renovation of Pera Palace thus making it one of the most luxurious hotels in Europe and the centre of all social events in Constantinople. In 1922, following the Asia Minor defeat of the Greek army, Bodossakis settled in Athens. One year later, in 1923, the new Turkish State took control of Pera Palace.

After 1923, Misbah Muhayyeş, who gave much to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk during the Syrian campaign, received a letter of gratitude from Atatürk, who, upon Muhayyeş’s wish, honored him with Turkish citizenship and also handed over the management of the hotel. Muhayyeş' will determined that the income of the enterprise be divided between humanitarian foundations.

In 1963, trustees left the management entirely to these organizations after forming the Istanbul Hotel Management, Tourism and Trading Company. Towards the end of 1977, a businessman from Gaziantep, Hasan Süzer, bought 60% of the hotel's shares and became the top executive. Shortly thereafter he purchased the remaining shares.

The destiny of this weary building changed with the lease of its on-ground utilization rights to Beşiktaş Shipping Group in 2006 and a project of restoration, rehabilitation and renovation started immediately. This project consists of a detailed structural documentation and aims at returning Pera Palace Hotel to its magnificent times without damaging its historical foundations and integrity.

Jumeirah Hotels assumed management of the hotel on May 1, 2012 and the hotel has since been known as the Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah.

Famous guests

Along with politicians, artists and writers, kings, queens and heads of state have also strolled along the halls of Pera Palace Hotel. King Edward VIII, Queen Elizabeth II, Emperor Franz Joseph, as well as Sarah Bernhardt, Alfred Hitchcock, Pierre Loti and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis have all stayed, to name a few. As testimony to the hotel’s en vogue reputation, the first fashion show in Istanbul was held at the hotel in 1926.

In 1917, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern-day Turkey, stayed at Pera Palace for the first time. The great leader always chose to stay in Room 101 and on his 100th birthday in 1981 his room was turned into a museum as a tribute to his life. The Atatürk museum room exhibits a spectacular collection of rare Turkish and foreign Atatürk books, magazines, post cards, medals all gathered from auctions by the Pera Palace team.

Ernest Hemingway was also often found whisky in hand, lost in the depth of his thoughts at the Orient Bar of the hotel. Greta Garbo too was a regular – she always cherished the days she spent in Istanbul, daydreaming while watching Istanbul city life from her window.

The world famous thriller writer Agatha Christie allegedly wrote Murder on the Orient Express whilst staying at the hotel. A small key, possibly to her diary, was found in her favourite room, 411.


Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah overlooks the magnificent view of the Golden Horn and is located in Tepebaşı district of Pera once known as the “Little Europe”. Historically named Pera, today’s dynamic lively Beyoğlu is the historical, cultural and social city centre of Istanbul. In addition to its historic grandeur, Pera Palace Hotel, Jumeirah is also preferred due its central location.The hotel comprises:

83 Deluxe Rooms (44 Pera View, 39 Golden Horn View)
10 Studio Rooms, 6 Corner Rooms and 16 Suites which are named after the iconic guests of the hotel
Elegant dining at Agatha Restaurant
Historical outlets; Kubbeli Saloon/ Tea Lounge, Orient Bar & Terrace, Patisserie de Pera
380 sqm Spa includes jet stream indoor pool, steam bath, sauna, Jacuzzi and fully equipped fitness centre along with a Turkish Bath
Complimentary Wi-Fi access
The hotel offers five meetings & events facilities featuring high ceilings and natural light

With its 115 rooms, including 16 suites, retaining the characteristics of the 19th century elegance through historical furniture, the hotel combines refined elegance with state-of the-art technology to fulfill the needs of 21st century travellers.

Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah offers a range of revitalized restaurant and bar choices, including the Agatha Restaurant with its show kitchen and wine cellar. The Kubbeli Saloon / Tea Lounge offer afternoon tea, or visit the French style Patisserie de Pera and the legendary Orient Bar & Terrace. The hotel also has various meeting rooms, a 380 sqm Pera Spa with traditional hammam, steam bath, Jacuzzi, indoor pool, sauna, three treatment rooms and fully equipped fitness center.

Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah is a “Museum-Hotel” due to its room 101; Atatürk Museum Room that is registered to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. It is one of the rare examples in the world to have such a special character.

Deluxe Pera View Room King, Deluxe Golden Horn Room King, Grand Pera Studio Room King, Agatha Christie Room King, Greta Garbo Corner Room, Ernest Hemingway Suite, Pierre Loti Suite, Inönü, Bayar & Piano Senior Suites, Presidential Suites

Agatha Restaurant, Kubbeli Saloon Tea Lounge, Patisserie de Pera, Orient Bar, Orient Terrace

Venues, Grand Pera Ballroom, Aynalı Room, Pasha Room, Galata Room, Catering, Corporate Events, Weddings, Social Events

The Health Club, Pera Spa & Health Club Facilities, Spa Treatments, Spa Journeys


WEB SITE : Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah

E-Mail : jppinfo@jumeirah.com
Phone : +90 212 377 4000

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Teşvikiye, Şişli - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°02'50.4"N 28°59'37.9"E / 41.047334, 28.993861



The history of Maçka Palas dates back to 1922, when the Italian tradesman, Vincenzo Caivano has chosen the current venue to built an apartment mainly due to 2 important  reasons; the location of the Italian embassy in the front side which would potentially turn Maçka Palas into a residence of the diplomats, and his vision that this area would become a valuable place.

He gave the mission to draw the architecture of Maçka Palas to the Italian architect, Guilo Mongeri, graduated from the Academy of Brera in Milan and the building has been completed within 11 month which was a short period of time in those days. In November of 2008, the former prestigious residence, re-opened it’s doors as the Park Hyatt Istanbul - Maçka Palas.

This classic, contemporary property incorporates sophisticated minimalism, luxury amenities with subtle Turkish flair - a departure from the classic “Ottoman” design that is often overdone. The guest room interiors were designed by New York architect, Randy Gerner, of Gerner, Kronick, Valcarcel Architects, PC and in 2010 they Park Hyatt was awarded a Golden Key Design Award for “Best Guestroom Design” by the International Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Show.


Park Hyatt Istanbul Maçka Palas promises genuine service and authentic hospitality in Istanbul. The five-star hotel is ideally located in the heart of the residential, shopping and fashion districts as well as the trendy bars and restaurants of Nisantasi. It is also within walking distance of Taksim, the Bosphorus and the Istanbul Convention Centre. It is 15 minutes taxi drive to the Old City.

The luxury five-star Park Hyatt Istanbul Maçka Palas combines elegance with distinctive regional character and historic art deco architecture with innovative interior design. The five-star city centre hotel has 90 generously sized luxury rooms and suites that present traditional Turkish patterns and icons in contemporary scale and composition, providing our guests with what we call “unexpected pleasures”.

Park King, Park Twin, Park Spa King, Park Suite King, Terrace Suite King, Terrace Suite Twin, Park Executive Suite, Diplomatic Suite, Presidential Suite

The Prime, The Terrace, Lounge at Park Hyatt, The Wine Bar, The Terrace Bar, Room Service

On Site Activities, Off Site Activities, The Spa İstanbul, Spa Suites, Wedding at the Park


Park Hyatt Istanbul-Maçka Palace  provides a wide range of services coupled with personalised service to ensure that every guest experience is impeccable. A well-equipped Business Centre offers guests a host of business services and facilities.

The other services available at the hotel include concierge service, 24 hour in-room dining, safe deposit locker, currency exchange, baby-sitting services, parking, laundry and dry cleaning facilities, air-conditioned car hire, multilingual staff, filtered drinking water is available in all rooms Complimentary tea/coffee service in room and a doctor on call, A host of recreational services such as the Spa, swimming pool, and fitness centre, are also available.


WEB SITE : Park Hyatt Istanbul-Maçka Palace

E-Mail : istanbul.park@hyatt.com
Phone : +90 212 315 1234
Fax : +90 212 315 1235

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