Pinar Timer is not only a charming Turkish lady but she is a very astute hotelier. As GM of Pera Palace Hotel, Jumeirah, Istanbul, she runs a unique property. Built in 1883, its history includes such famous guests as Greta Garbo, Ernest Hemingway, Zsa Zsa Gabor and every international traveller who passed through Constantinople, as it then was, on early-century (20th century) train journeys. Agatha Christie was so inspired by passing through the city that it is said she wrote her 1934 best-seller, Murder on the Orient Express, here (and room 411 is now named in her honour). Pinar Timer is currently working with professional theatre company Kumbaraci-50, who perform bespoke, hour-long, interactive plays around the hotel. This is so popular that as of October 2017 performances will be in English. There are now 12 performances a month, evenings plus Saturday matinées, maximum 60 guests at a time. Book now for true memory of a luxury hotel, lovingly looked after by the Demsa Group conglomerate and managed by Jumeirah. ps The photo shows an actor.