The Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah in Istanbul opened in 1892 primarily to serve guests of the luxury Orient Express train from Europe to Asia. The modern-day hotel claims that mystery writer and regular guest Agatha Christie wrote her most famous book "Murder on the Orient Express" in the hotel's Room 411.
Whether it's true or not, the Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah is hosting a Black Week festival in October that's dedicated to what would have been Christie's 125th birthday. (She was born Sept. 15, 1890.)
Mystery writers Ahmet Umit of Turkey, Alexander McCall Smith ("The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series) from Britain, Robert Constantini ("Deliverance From Evil") from Italy and others are to lead panels and talks.
Christie's grandson Mathew Prichard is also scheduled to speak at the festival.
The Pera Palace, which maintains its 19th-century-luxury vibe, offers Christie fans a Black Week package Oct. 20-25. (The festival runs from Oct. 22-24.)
For the package, rooms start at $350 per night, with a two-night minimum stay.
It includes breakfast at the hotel's Agatha Restaurant, an invitation to the opening ceremony and entrance to all panel sessions.
The hotel, with 115 rooms, not only has an Agatha Christie Room, but a suite dedicated to another famous writer, Ernest Hemingway, and an Ataturk Museum Room. The museum is open to visitors and displays the clothes, hats, shoes of the founder of modern-day Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
The hotel is in the fashionable Beyoglu neighborhood on the European side of the city.