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“Great location but rooms have serious issues”
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Rast Hotel
Ranked #203 of 1,149 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great location but rooms have serious issues”
Reviewed 26 November 2013

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.

  • Stayed November 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2013

We (two couples) spent 4 nights in the Rast Hotel during our holiday to Turkey. The hotel has an excellent location in the old city, a short walk to many places of interest The rooms are smallish but good, and the hotel restaurant is excellent. The restaurant has a superb view and we were very happy with the food. The hotel staff (including the restaurant staff) are very helpful. If returning to Istanbul we would stay there again.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Steve W
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Cairo
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2013

I'm not a fan of writing , so i will go straight into the point :
The Good :
- Great location in center of sultan Ahmed area and very near from tram station and old city
- Clean rooms and bath
- Friendly staff specially Ihsan( call him self Eisa also ) at the reception , he was a perfect advisor in our trip , perfect English and always ready to help .
- restaurant on the roof was one of the best , very nice view , very good breakfast , friendly staff .
- Room service were very good and hardly noticed when they do their job
- total isolation from street noise once the window is closed
- two massage chairs at the lobby
Bad:
- bathroom little bit small , for me no problem but for large people would be narrow
- one elevator for the hotel used for both visitors and employees
- Food selection for lunch is somehow limited and not always available
- only one pillow per bed and one extra pillow in the room but they were all not comfortable .

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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london
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Reviewed 8 November 2013 via mobile

Stayed 3 nights in a triple room. Room was a decent size. The 3 of us guys had plenty of room. 3 single beds, mini bar, nice bathroom,large safe,free wi fi (that actually worked brilliantly.strong signal), what more could you ask for ? Room was also cleaned daily.
The lobby area has computers with internet free if charge.
If you stay 3 nights or more, there is a free transfer from the airport upon request.hotel staff were waiting for us when we arrived and took our bags inside. We were given a complimentary drink and some tips on things to do in Istanbul.
As others have said, the view from the breakfast terrace is amazing. Pictures don't do it justice. Has to be seen to believe how beautiful the view is.Fantastic location,walking distance from Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia etc.
Stay Here.

Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank bronx1923
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GOP, Chankaya, Ankara, Turkey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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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Shanghai, China
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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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Thank mengmeng0307
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Wolfsberg, Austria
1 review
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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Property: Rast Hotel
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:
#137 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#188 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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