Istanbul is unique. It is the only city in the world where two continents meet. Enjoy old and new in the cultural capital of Turkey with Istanbul expert Marc Guillet

Orient Express nostalgia in Pera Palas

Posted on 11 August 2019

The legendary Pera Palas Hotel is getting more attention again. Not only because the old grandeur is back after undergoing a major renovation and restoration project (2006-2010). Also because of a great book that has just been published Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul, by Charles King. I loved reading it. It is… Read more »

Hotels with swimming pools

Posted on 19 July 2019

Lots of tourists want to relax in a swimming pool after a busy and tiring day of sight-seeing in Istanbul. So which hotels are equipped with a swimming pool? I found several in the touristic heart of Istanbul, in the district Sultanahmet with the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi palace, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Hippodrome,… Read more »

One day in Istanbul. What to do?

Posted on 4 September 2018

Planning a trip is like solving a puzzle.  It involves putting together different pieces of curated information about a city and making the right choices that will satisfy your unique interests and curiosities. This indeed can be said for literally any city. However when you are planning a trip to a city that sits on… Read more »

New books on Istanbul

Posted on 23 December 2014

Before you pack your bags and head to Istanbul take some time to read one of these new books on the recent history of Istanbul. You will discover the city with different eyes. Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul’, by Charles King. “This book tells of the unfamiliar interwar period, perhaps… Read more »

Marriott Hotel Asia, business & leisure

Posted on 7 August 2014

 Pera Palace was the first international hotel in Istanbul and in Turkey. It was built on the European side of the city and opened in 1895 with a grand opening ball. It was the first and only building to be powered by electricity, other than the Ottoman Palaces. It was also the only address in… Read more »