Very easy to book online to receive special discounts for long stay (+4 days) and free round trip IST transfers.
Buffet breakfast included from 7:00-10:30am. Range of cookies and sweet cakes overshadow real breakfast items of hard boiled eggs, daily casserole dish, cheeses and cold cuts (2/3 of which are eerily deep artificial pink). The coffee bar will also make you espresso drinks for a small price. Views from both sides of the dining room.
Fifth floor is all suites, meaning larger rooms (not really suites) with balcony spectacular view of Blue Mosque and Aya Sofia. Amenities also include shaving kits and scrubbies, not included in regular rooms which is a plethora of shampoos, conditioners, body wash and lotion. The latter two smell like apple, the former two like old ladies. The negative point of room 502 is that early morning breakfasters drag their chairs on the floor above your head in the morning making a horrendous noise.
Great location 1-2 min walk from Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Aya Sofia. 15 mins to Eminönü for ferries. 5 mins to Grand Bazaar. At night a walk up Divan Yolu (following tram) will take you to knock off night markets and street markets.
But we gotta talk about room cleanliness- the beds, sheets, tables are fine, but the bathroom has much to be desired. The shower leaked continuously onto the tile floor, wetting our bathmat and eventually our towels and socks. We asked them every day to fix but to no avail. It's still leaking on our third night. In addition, there was soap scum and black mold everywhere, from the shower stall to the wall even on the shower head. See pictures. So icky!
I would stay here again if they fixed all these issues but most likely not if they don't.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Rast Hotel Istanbul