Istanbul's worldwide famous Pera Palace Hotel re-opened its doors on Sunday.
The Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul's Beyoglu neighborhood was renovated from its parquets to its external walls without harming its historical structure. It has begun serving as a museum-hotel.
The Pera Palace Hotel has been under restoration for two and a half years. The renovation cost 23 million Euro.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the re-opening, "the Pera Palace Hotel was the scene of many significant events throughout its history."
The Pera Palace Hotel has hosted many guests from statesmen to high-level executives since 1892.
Agatha Christie, Ernest Hhemingway, Greta Garbo were the other famous guests of the hotel. The Pera Palace Hotel is said to be where famous thriller writer Agatha Christie got the inspiration for her famous novel "Murder on the Orient Express" and a small key, probably the key to her diary was found in her favourite room 411.
Along with politicians, artists and writers, kings and queens have also strolled through the halls of Pera Palace Hotel - King Edward VIII, Queen Elizabeth II, Emperor Franz Joseph, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Sarah Bernhardt, Alfred Hitchcock, Pierre Loti, Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis.
With 115 rooms and two outbuildings, the hotel has Agatha Restaurant, an orient bar, Patisserie de Pera, "Kubbeli Salon" (Tea Lounge), gym hall, swimming pool, spa center, special care and ball halls.
AALast Mod: 27 Eylül 2010, 14:16