Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah in Istanbul has announced the return of the world-renowned crime and literary festival, Black Week. This year’s festival will take place from 16–18 November and will be themed around James Bond in honour of Ian Fleming, who famously stayed at the hotel in 1955.

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Guests who book the Black Week package can brush up their knowledge on classic mystery novels and crime writing through a series of talks, panel discussions and events with world-famous local and international detective novel writers and actors. Special guests this year include best-selling British crime writer and James Bond continuation novelist, Anthony Horowitz; British actor and author of the Young Bond series, Charlie Higson; and Turkey’s very own detective and mystery writer, Ahmet Umit.

Bond fans are invited to an exclusive opening ceremony of the festival and there’s even the opportunity to step back in time and stay in an Ian Fleming themed room, decorated with objects from the legacy of the author and the unforgettable MI6 agent, James Bond.

Proudly named as ‘one of the best hotels in the world for book lovers,’Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah has played host to an impressive list of crime writers over its 125-year history. Alongside Ian Fleming, Agatha Christie is rumoured to have written her novel Murder On The Orient Express in Room 411, and Alfred Hitchcock also stayed at the hotel; making this a wonderful opportunity for visitors to follow in the footsteps of these literary greats.

Situated in Istanbul’s vibrant Beyoglu district, Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah combines timeless elegance with genuine Turkish hospitality. Today, the hotel retains its heritage but provides guests with a modern touch, epitomising the cultural variety of cosmopolitan Istanbul. The well-appointed 115 rooms and suites retain the classic characteristics of the 19th century, with many suites inspired by the famous guests who once stayed at this property.

Visit Black Week Festival from €120 per night with the Black Week Package which includes an invitation to the festival’s opening ceremony and all of the panel discussions. The package also includes breakfast in the Agatha Restaurant.