Saturday, 5 July 2014
Afternoon tea in Istanbul!
My afternoon tea odyssey continues and this time we graced the luxury 5 star hotel Pera Palace Jumeirah in the Beyoglu district. The afternoon tea takes place in the Kubbeli Saloon Tea Lounge which is very plush and glamorous. As you can see from the last photo the delights on offer were amazing and delicious to look at, let alone taste! The staff were very nice and helpful, refilling your tea or bringing a new pot.
The hotel is steeped in history, it opened back in 1895 and has had some very prominent guest such as Ernest Hemingway, Alfred Hitchcock, Josephine Baker, Mata Hari, Greta Garbo and Agatha Christie to name but a few. It is said that Agatha Christie wrote the novel Murder on the Orient Express in room 411.
In 1981 the hotel got the status museum-hotel, the room 101 was converted into Atatürk museum in a tribute to the leader of modern Turkey Atatürk. To be honest it would have been great to stay there but I am sure the price would have quite expensive.