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The Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul

These pictures are of the Pera Palace Hotel, where staff kindly showed me the oldest elevator in Europe (well, the one in the Eiffel Tower was one step ahead), the room where Agatha Christie used to stay when in town, and lots of other insights in what must be a very comfortable place to stay. I was invited inside after I took a picture of a marvellous DeSoto car in front of the hotel, used to collect guests at the airport. Formerly they would arrive by train, I also show the carrying chair used to bring guests all the way from the station (across the Golden Horn and then uphill, what a struggle).

From the Wikipedia: "Pera Palace Hotel (Turkish: Pera Palas Oteli) is an 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 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 Ataturk International Airport."

I liked the stylish website of the hotel.
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