Pera Palace Istanbul
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Bond on film. With Skyfall hitting UK cinemas this weekend, expect the same sharp suits and suave one-liners as Daniel Craig hurtles through a host of exotic locations. Istanbul features for the third time, as Bond ducks and dives through the souks and spice stalls near the Eminonu port. But the city first appeared in 1963’s From Russia with Love, when a smooth-talking Sean Connery checked into Room 32 at the Pera Palace (codename: “Kristal Palas”), only to discover it had been bugged.
Pera Palace, Mesrutiyet Caddesi 52, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey (00 90 212 377 4000; jumeirah.com). Doubles from €245, room only.