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Rast Hotel
Ranked #217 of 1,160 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 18 October 2013

My wife and I experienced: one attentive desk clerk, and one indifferent one; firm mattress, small room, quiet from street noise with door to tiny balcony closed, very ample breakfast included, great location for traditional tourism and shopping, convenient cab rides to other areas, good not great view from rooftop cafe,lounge of Hagia Sofia and sultanahmet mosque.

Room Tip: room 501 is ample in size and has a great view. 502 faces good view too. both have true balconies.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

5 mins walk to Blue Mosque and 10 mins walk to Great Bazaar. You could almost walk to everywhere of Istanbul old city from the hotel.
And we really enjoyed eating breakfast with the fabulous view on the top floor. Sea, bird, blue mosque, hagia sofia and the Istanbul old city.
The staff was helpful but not that welcoming compared to the other Turkish people.
We booked whirling dervish and airport transport through the hotel which was very convenient.
Sadly I lost my phone in the hotel and they can't find it.
Hotels in Istanbul are really expensive, you could find a much better hotel in most other main cities in the world.

Room Tip: Triple room is good.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 September 2013

You could not get a better location to the major tourist sites. Staff were helpful, breakfast excellent, rooftop views magnificent and the rooms clean and functional. I lost my purse in Restaurant and they picked it up for me and sent it to my home!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Ruth L
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

Stayed a total of 4 nights at the Rast.

Location is extremely close to the Ayya Sofya and the Blue mosque. And the Sultanahmet Tram station just 100m away.

Lots of restaurants around the area

Rooms are alright, not too small though the showers are a little dirty and leaky. Might be noisy at night.

Wifi Internet is stable and of acceptable speed.

The highlight of the hotel is the view from the Terrace (6th floor). Fantastic panoramic view of the city facing the Ayya Sofya and the Blue mosque.

Room Tip: Try to pick a room on a higher floor to avoid the street noise at night.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank nexusangel
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

We stayed 4 nights April/May 2013 as part of a package. Terrific location, but service just average. Initially we did one night (Very nice room!) before going to Gallipoli, then back to a much smaller, very average room - probably a function of the package price.One of the foyer PCs had its wifi link hang, and I rebooted it myself.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank John P
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

Perfect, central position to everything in Sultanment with the most fantastic rooftop restaurant looking directly over the Blue Mosque. 2 minute walk to the tram which takes you directly into the Galata Bridge and Spice Market. Walking distance to the Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace and Cistern. Fairly small room with tiny bathroom but the view from the rooftop is worth these small details. Mr Happy assisted us with a private guide and transfers from the airport are free if you stay for 5 nights. Only negative - the Hotel is Alcohol free, so if you want to have a drink while enjoying the view, go somewhere else.

Room Tip: Rooms on the higher floors have a better view and are the same price.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 September 2013

The hotel is perfect, right in the heart of the Old Town. And it is with a big and warm heart that Happy, Jasmin and the whole staff will welcome you from the moment you check in and during all your pleasant stay in the incredible Istanbul. We would like to thank Happy for all his experience helping us to make good use of our time there. He helped us planning our sightseeing for the 4 days we spent there. Ah, I was forgetting the cherry on the cake, breakfast is on the roof facing the Bosphorus and surrounded by the two major mosques: Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, breathtaking view. We loved Istanbul, its people and Rast Hotel. If I ever come back to Turkey I would defenetely stay there.

Room Tip: We stayed on the first floor, me, my husband and my son who is 6 years-old. The room facied the the...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Address: Binbirdirek Mah. Klodfarer Cad. No:4 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
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Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#136 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#187 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range: £42 - £91 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Rast Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At this perfectly located hotel, you can enjoy your breakfast every morning while admiring the spectacular views of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Bosphorus and Princess Islands. Most of the old city's attractions, including Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar and the Topkapi Palace, are practically on your doorstep. After exploring these great sites, come back and feel the warm and kind atmosphere at the Rast Hotel. ... more   less 
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