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The Splendid Palas Hotel is a magnificent building with silvery domes and red shutters, on the largest of the Princes Islands, facing the Marmara on one side and the city of Istanbul on the other. It retains nostalgic echoes of the past in the unique, peaceful and relaxing island atmosphere of Büyükada, far removed from the stress and hustle of the city. It was built in a verdant surrounding of trees and designed to be as harmonious as possible with the natural surroundings. The Splendid Palas is one of only a handful of hotels in Turkey, which have been assigned special status by the Ministry of Tourism, due to its important historical and cultural heritage.
The New York Times describes the hotel as “an Art Nouveau-flavoured wedding cake of a hotel called the Splendid Palas, located only two blocks from the clock tower. Built in 1908 with 100 rooms, the hotel is double-domed, white as icing and grandly down-at-heel, with four tiers of balconied rooms and creaky crimson shutters.” A swimming pool was added in the 1990s.
Open from April to November.