It was “Maison Madeleny” 125 years ago
The history of the Meroddi Pera Hotel buildings go back to the second half of the 19th century. At the time, European merchants, Ottoman Christians and Jews and Ottoman Turkish bureaucrats chose the vineyard slopes of Pera to build themselves European-style, new (stone or brick) houses, rather than the wooden mansions in which they had witnessed for centuries the fear of fire. Each new building was an independent block with many apartment units to rent.
The main building (Şahkulu Street, No. 20) was built between 1881 and 1883. The first owner of the building was an Ottoman tradesman called Moise Matalon. On the insurance maps of 1891, the owner was recorded as “Maison Madeleny”. The owner after him was Mr. Andre Madeleny, who had a pharmacy, that also sold orthopaedic materials, at Grande Rue de Pera. This is why we name the main building after “Maison Madeleny,” today.
However, updated records after 1895 show the last owner of the house in the 19th century as Theodore Yannissopoulos, an Ottoman Greek citizen, who had other properties as well in the neighborhood of Galata.
When we set off in 2013, our dream was to provide the international visitors with the opportunity to live and breath the essence and history of Galata in a single street. So we decided to turn almost every 19th century Ottoman building in the Şahkulu Street into an integrated unit of a single hotel.
Today Meroddi Pera Hotel is the first and only hotel of its kind in the whole of Istanbul, working under the concept of “distributed hospitality.”
It has 61 comfortable rooms, suites and studios, set on 1175 sqm of land and spread out between a main building and 7 annex buildings, each of which was carefully restored with utmost respect to the history of the building.
Just a couple minutes walk from Şişhane underground station, the “distributed hospitality” concept we applied in Şahkulu Street helps the revitalisation of a whole 19th century street of Galata. Packed thoroughly with historic apartments, the street gives our guests the feeling of taking a step back in history.
Now, let’s have a look at the network of buildings of Meroddi Pera Hotel in the Şahkulu Street (and the adjacent Tımarcı Street).
First, the buildings in Şahkulu Street:
Meroddi Pera Hotel – No:8 (7 rooms)
Meroddi Pera Hotel – No:11 (1 flat)
Meroddi Pera Hotel – No:12 (8 rooms)
Meroddi Pera Hotel – No:13 (Main building) (10 rooms)
Meroddi Pera Hotel – No:15 (3 flats)
Meroddi Pera Hotel – No:16 - (9 rooms)
Meroddi Pera Hotel – No:18 (6 flats)
Meroddi Pera Hotel – No:20 - (8 flats)
Now, the buildings in Tımarcı Street:
Meroddi Pera Hotel – No:3 (1 flat)
No 3A is the Scalatta Restoran, where we offer classic tastes.
No 5A is the Şahkulu Kahvecisi, where we offer rich and varied selection of coffee and homemade cakes.
Meroddi Pera Hotel – No:6 (1 flat)
And we are proud to welcome you to the Meroddi Pera Hotel for a charming experience in the heart of Galata.