Five Star Alliance Blog | March 2010
Luxury Eco-tour of Istanbul with Urbane Nomads and the Newly Renovated Pera Palace
After a two-year, $30 million renovation, Istanbul’s Pera Palace is back on top. Built in 1892 to host passengers of the Orient-Express, the historic hotel was one of the most luxurious of its era, welcoming all kinds of royalty and celebrity guests, including Agatha Christie, who is rumored to have written “Murder on the Orient Express” at the hotel. (Room No. 411 has been preserved as the “Agatha Christie Room.”) Stay tuned for details of the hotel’s grand re-opening, slated for later this year… Buzzworthy: Visitors can now partake in a luxury eco-friendly tour of Istanbul for Christie’s inaugural Green Auction,* courtesy of the Pera Palace and Urbane Nomads, a luxury travel company.