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Travel Back in Time
The Grand Hotel de Londres (also known as Buyuk Londra) has been open for over one hundred years and while its interior is immaculately kept, there’s something about it that is charmingly stuck in the past. You can imagine Ernest Hemingway at the bar in 1922, reviewing notes for his story in the Toronto Daily Star. Wander through the lobby’s antique furniture, past the requisite portrait of Ataturk to the tiny elevator that will take you up to the rooftop. The bar there is scenic without being a scene: no seasonal cocktails or artisanal ice cubes here, just a simple but serviceable menu and gorgeous views of Golden Horn and the old city. If you can time it right, arrive before sunset to hear the call-to-prayer echo throughout the city and then descend the grand staircase back into the noisy nightlife of Pera.