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“Top location but a lot to be enhanced”
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The Pera Hotel
Ranked #894 of 1,134 Hotels in Istanbul
London, United Kingdom
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127 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Top location but a lot to be enhanced”
Reviewed 20 May 2013

In a place where location is everything (you don't want to end up paying 30EUR taxi/day, right?), The Pera surely has much to offer at decent prices but rooms are small and need some maintenance and if you're corpulent, there's no chance you'll fit into the tiny shower. Room and bathroom are generally clean with the exception of the space under the bed and you will notice when you'll need to place your luggage under the bed as there is no room to store it elsewhere. Concierge is rather useless: we waisted 1 day Holiday and nearly missed the flight back due misleading information and wrong time booing for the taxi service. Breakfast is a disaster: Nescafè and some toasts with chemical jam, plus you'll need to queue as there are only 4 tables in the room: you better go somewhere else and have a better start in the day. Having said that, I would riccomand The Pera: middle in Beyoglu/Tacsim, 1 minute walk to Tunnel, you can enjoy Istanbul nightlife at walking distance and Sultanahmet is just a few steps further (15 minutes walk or 1 metro stop). The tiny rooms are cosy, you better ask for an upper floor as Istanbul is very noisy -Everywhere-. The WiFI is woring on every floor and it's free -this is a big plus! And the location is unbeatable: you can see the Galata tower from your window. Prices are very attractive if you think that a double room is just 10EUR/day/person more expencive than the equivalent with shared bathroom in a neighbouring hostel next door.

Room Tip: Upper floor rooms are riccomandable because Istambul is generally very loud. There are only 2 rooms...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2013

Good location (for nightlife) but terrible hotel. Room was clean enough but bed was unusually narrow; bathroom was too small and could hardly fit into shower cabin; bad quality material and shoddy work so that door kept falling off; also water leaked from ceiling into the electric installation luckily did not get electrocuted. Probably the worst breakfast in any hotel ever -- there is no dining room breakfast in tiny room in lobby! They probably don't have kitchen. Also they wanted money in advance (I suspect because people wanted refund?) There are many better hotels in same area for less money.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 3 February 2013

The room is small but comfortable to stay with and has important amenities in the room like frige, wifi, tv, telephone etc. Also important to consider the hotel is clean the staff are polite and the hotel is located in the center. Just walking distance by the shopping centers, tourist spots and accessible to all public transportations specially the subway its just opposite of the hotel. To enjoy your trip and to call it a Perfect holiday feel every moment like your first time.

Room Tip: Choose the Higher floor for less noise & good sunlight view.
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
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Minsk, Belarus
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Reviewed 12 November 2012

I just came home from Istanbul, i got short vacation,and my trip was spontaneous, just because i found cheap ticket from Turkish airlines. I planned stay at Beyoglu, and walk a lot around this place. So i found THE PERA HOTEL by internet. I read some comments about hotel here, at TripAdvisor, but i was unsure some of them are truly. What may i say about hotel after 11 days staying there. First i was very impressed about decor. You can see that on pictures i took there. My room was not big, but clean(thank to girl what make cdleaning every morning!). Bathroom was normal too, but shower could be little biggest, i agree with some guests.Breakfast was simple but fresh, some jams,butter, olives,eggs, cheeses and so on. Thanks to Mesut for his work,breakfast was prepared very early every morning.I wish to say thanks to all staff, and general manager Ayhan Turkoglu,they made my short staying at hotel very nice! Candan tesekkur ederim,dostlarim! :-)

Room Tip: I advice to ask about room 5,6,7,8 floor and with view to Galata tower and Karakoy
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
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Brooklyn, NY
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Reviewed 18 April 2012

This hotel's rooms were pretty tiny - which is no big deal in Istanbul. But I don't consider this a 3.5* hotel (in fact many of the star ratings for Istanbul hotels are a bit bloated).

The bathroom was tiny - I found it a bit tough to shower (and I'm not a prissy dude).

Also the window was broken & didn't close - something I know the person who showed me to the room noticed (since he tried to close it) but then ignored.

The room was crammed but comfortable. TV is ok. Internet ok. The area is beautiful. But this is no 3.5*. It was like an Ikea set was tossed into my room. The hotel is pretty overpriced in my opinion - but as I said, is in a great location (so they can overprice I guess).

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
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New York
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Reviewed 19 February 2012

My son and I were incorrectly booked into this hotel through an online travel service. Although we tried to change it, because the room was prepaid and we could not get through to the booking agent in Europe, we had no choice but to stay. The room they showed us was awful with peeling paint and facing the back - claustrophobic and dingy.

We paid a premium as I see some of the other travelers had done for the deluxe room on the top floor. The room was really nothing special; however, it was the view that was the redeeming factor. It had wrap-around windows with views of the Galata tower and with no high buildings across the street, the room was very bright - too bright, in fact, if you wanted to sleep in late.

The location was convenient and the breakfast, although not extensive, was fine. If you can get the deluxe room, it is worth it for the view as you really get a nice feeling of the city. if not, there are better options in the city for the price range (i.e. Mia Pera).

Room Tip: Book the deluxe room on the top floor for the views.
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2012

We booked this as it had been recommended by a friend as cheap and in a great location. Booked a really cheap deal on booking.com but then when we checked in the manager haggled with us to get us to pay a bit extra for the "luxury room" We checked out the room that we had originally booked - it seemed fine, a little small but very clean with nice furnishings but then they showed us the luxury room and I decided it was well worth the extra! The room was easily 3 times the size of the standard and the view was just amazing! Windows all the way round with a beautiful view of the river, Galata Tower and the Blue Mosque in the distance. Amazing.

The location is great, Metro just opposite and Tunnel just round the corner. Plus Taksim is an easy walk.

Hotel itself is nice enough. Nothing fancy but very clean and the staff were friendly and helpful. We didn't bother with breakfast each day as was always busy & we couldn't be bothered to wait.

As long as you bargain with them to get yourself a good price, this is a great place to stay.

Room Tip: Barter Barter Barter! If you can get room 8 on the top floor the view is great!
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Pera Hotel
Address: Mesrutiyet Cad. No:113 Taksim, Beyoglu, Istanbul 34470, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Beyoglu
Amenities:
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Ranked #894 of 1,134 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Pera Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 23
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