05 June 2015 – Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah, Istanbul’s most iconic hotel, has announced a week long crime fiction themed festival called Black Week to mark the 125th birthday of Agatha Christie. Guests of the hotel can gain access to an exciting programme of panel discussions and ‘whodunnit’ nights, as world famous detective and mystery novel writers gather at the hotel to celebrate the literary genre.
To mark the occasion, Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah has launched a ‘Black Week’ package for guests available from 20-25 October. Prices start from €305 per room per night, for a minimum of two nights and includes an invitation to the festival’s opening ceremony and all panels.
Agatha Christie has played an important role in the history of Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah. ‘Murder on the Orient Express,’ one of the most famous detective novels written by Agatha Christie, was inspired during one of Christie’s trips to Istanbul. Legend has it that the novel was penned by Christie in room 411 at Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah during her stay. Adding to the property’s mystique, this room was later re-named after the author and is a must-stay for Christie fans. Crime-fiction lovers can also dine at the hotel’s Agatha restaurant.
Taking place from 22 – 24 October 2015, the festival will include panel discussions at the hotel with both local and international detective novel writers. Participants include Turkey’s foremost detective and mystery writer, Ahmet Umit and international writers such as Alexander McCall Smitt, Leslie Klinger, Petros Markaris, Roberto Constantini and Jean Christophe-Rufin. Matthew Prichard, Agatha Christie’s grandson, will also attend. Guests can solve a mystery for themselves with ‘whodunnit’ nights taking place in popular bookstores throughout the Beyoglu district during the festival week.
The hotel is well-placed for both the modern centre and the historic old town, making it the perfect destination for both business and leisure. Designed by renowned local architect Alexander Vallaury, the building has hosted an impressive list of guests including Ernest Hemingway, Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock. Today Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah maintains the elegant classical style that made it famous, with authentic 19th century features serving as a timeless focal point. Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah was given ‘museum-hotel’ status in 1981 when, as a tribute to the founder of modern Turkey, Room 101 was converted into the Atatürk Museum.