The Pera Hotel

3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 Stars

Mesrutiyet Caddesi No 113 Beyoglu, Beyoglu/Taksim, Istanbul, 34470, Turkey
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80%

Satisfaction Very Good
Excellent
29%
9
Very Good
16%
5
Average
35%
11
Poor
3%
1
Terrible
16%
5

Value Score Poor Value

Rated 11% lower than similarly priced 3.5 star hotels

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  • Families28
  • Couples40
  • Solo85
  • Business66

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Forum Posts

How Long?

by satossa

Can any Istanbul natives give me an idea of how long it might take to travel by ferry and bus from Eminonu ferry terminal to Sabiha Gokcen airport on a Tuesday morning in late September? We have a flight that leaves SAW at 13:40 and I was wondering what time we should plan on leaving our hotel on Ibni Kemal cad.

Re: How Long?

by AlperIst

Hi Sheldon,

I checked the Kadiköy-Sabiha Gökcen bus for you. The bus is E10; and 10:30, 11:00, 11:15, 11:50 seems your range of choices. It takes some less than one hour, so I would take the 11:00 one.

From Eminönü port to Kadiköy you need to take the boat (vapur) at 10:10 or 10:30. The ship takes 22 minutes to Kadiköy, plus put few minutes to find your bus E10.

Have a nice travel.
Alper

Re: How Long?

by Sirvictor

There is a British saying "Early birds pick the best worms". This saying fits 100 percent for Istanbul. You never know and you never estimate the time in Istanbul. Please be early.

Re: How Long?

by max_stirner

Hi...

Eminonu to Kadikoy 20 minutes by ship every 20 minutes.
Bus E5 to Sabiha from Kadikoy maybe about 45 mn.

Max

Re: How Long?

by satossa

Max,

Others have said bus E10 to Sabiha from the ferry. I don't have any info on Istanbul bus routes. Why E5?

Re: How Long?

by max_stirner

My mistake ; it is E10

Max

Travel Tips for Istanbul

old city

by TomorrowsAngel

The Old City is where you'll find all the main sights, such as Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii), Aya Sofya (Sancta Sophia), the Atmeydani (Hippodrome) and the old city walls. The 21st-century version of Istanbul is a short walk north across the Galata Bridge, and is exemplified by bustling Taksim Square.

Wooden Houses

by Hopkid

During the Ottoman period many residences in the city were built of wood. These structures are characterized by their flat roofs, horizontal siding, and overhanging eaves that would allow women to view the goings on in the street while remaining (hopefully) unobserved to passersby. Unfortunately there aren't many examples left although there is a good concentration of wooden houses in various states of (dis)repair in and around Sultanahment. A nice collection (restored and in need of repair) are located in the streets to the southwest of the Blue Mosque along Tavukhane Sokak. A set of newly-built homes in the Ottoman-style can be found on Sogukcesme Sokak on the street that runs along the northeast side of the Aya Sofya. They serve as a boutique hotel, the Ayasofya Pansiyonlari (Aya Sofya Pensions).

Try feslegen yagi.

by eisme

mosquito repellant a must in summer! bring it with you, or if already in istanbul, try feslegen yagi, which is basil oil. works well if you use lots. relatively inexpensive if you bargain with the shopkeepers in the egyptian bazaar, and it smells much better than chemical mosquito repellents.

Egyptian Spice Bazaar (Misir Carisisi)

by hekate

Much smaller than the Grand Bazaar, and I guess less touristic too.

People say that the Grand Bazaar is known for its colors and noises,while one things about the Spice Bazaar the first acociation are the smells and tastes.

Here is where you can find all manner of Turkish Delight (lokum), baklava, local delicacies – including the dubious sounding “Turkish Viagra”, teas and Turkish coffee, and dried fruits. Here you can also find olive oil soap. Here and there you can find jewelry and some other goods.

But what the market is really famous for is that you can find all kinds of spices there. On the picture you can see the containers overflowing with colorful spices.

Some history:
It was built in 1660 by the architect Kasim Aga for the mother of Sultan Murat IV, Hatice Turhan Sultan. The Egyptian Bazaar is Istanbul's second covered bazaar. It is L shaped in plan, a building that borders two sides of the park beside Yeni Cami. The structure was restored in 1943.

There are six gates and 88 shops.

Open
Monday to Saturday, from 8:30am to 6:30 pm.

Address:
Eminonu

Directions
Near the Galata Bridge right next to New Mosque (Yeni Camii)

Grand Bazaar

by AcornMan about Grand Bazaar

One of the most fun things we did in Istanbul was visit the Grand Bazaar. You can easily spend half a day there, and even if you go in without any particular items in mind, chances are that you'll come across something you just have to take home with you. In our case we came out with several big bags of things we liked, and could easily have bought a whole lot more than that if we had room for it all.

Although many stores sell things like leather goods, I wasn't interested in that kind of shopping because you can buy leather anywhere. What I looked for were things that you can't buy anywhere else in the world, and believe me when I say there's plenty in the Grand Bazaar that fits that category, including Turkish ceramics, paintings, carvings, jewelry, all kinds of art work, and of course lots of rugs.

Remember that ALL the prices quoted by the merchants are negotiable. I spent a lot of time haggling for the things I bought. In some cases I got great deals and in others I overpaid, but it was always fun to barter nonetheless.

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