Historic Istanbul Hotel Gets New General Manager


Istanbul’s historic Hotel Pera Palace will be getting a new general manager when it reopens in December after what the hotel's website calls a “Restoration, Rehabilitation and Renovation project.” Pnar Kartal Timer, former director of sales and marketing of the Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, will take over the reigns of the legendary hotel, which opened in 1892 to hold passengers of the Orient Express. (Agatha Christie is rumored to have written Murder on the Orient Express while staying in room #411 at the hotel.) The Pera Palace has been closed since 2006 for renovation.