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Reviewed 29 June 2014

Rast is 5 minutes walk from the Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Bascilla cistern, T1 tram stop and 10 minutes from the Grand Bazaar. It is the perfect tourist location.

The special thing about the Rast is the view. The rooftop breakfast terrace has an incredible panorama ranging from the Bosphorus Bridge to the Blue Mosque and the Sea of Marmara. It is spellbinding.

We stayed in one of the 5th floor suites which had a huge private sit out terrace, with chairs and a table and a similar view to the 6th floor rooftop terrace. This meant we could sit out and relax at any time of day. This made a real difference given the bustle of Istanbul and the amount of sight seeing we crammed in.

The double glazing blocked out the low level of city noise and the AC worked well. Room was comfy and quite traditional. Staff were pleasant, wifi worked well and the airport pickup service was great.

I'd recommend it.

Room Tip: 5th floor gets the views. Don't think lower floors do.
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

Located in Sultanahmet, close to trams, Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace etc. this hotel must have the best view in Istanbul from the roof top restaurant. The rooms are fine, comfortable bed, small bathroom but everything works. Air con was very efficient.The staff were excellent with good advice as to restaurants, transport and tours. This was our second stay at the Rast. We have recommended the hotel to several friends who have been equally happy there.

Room Tip: Upper floors are quietest.
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

Peeling wallpaper and a leaky tub, yet I give it 4-5 stars! 3 of us were in a 2nd floor room over the lobby entrance - a queen and a twin bed. Location is fantastic - steps away from essential sites for 1st time visitors, food, tram, ATM, and shopping. We never heard the calls to prayer from our room and occasional street noise did not keep us from falling asleep immediately nor wake us before we were ready to get up. Mattresses were consistent with a 3 star (amenity-wise) hotel. The front desk was very helpful, full of suggestions, with nice personalities. And they have free maps available. They also placed a delivered package in our room for us. Now, the view from the rooftop breakfast terrace - amazing. If this site allows for a video clip upload, be sure to look for mine - brief panorama. Dusk is when the Aya Sophia and Blue Mosque turn on their exterior lights - a beautiful sight from the hotel terrace but it will be BYOB and glasses discreetly.

  • Stayed: June 2014
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1  Thank rhonaj827
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

The great service started out at the airport, we were picked up right away and taken to hotel. The hotel is located in the middle of all the major sites for easy walking access and the tram is on the main street for farther expeditions. The buffet breakfast offered wide variety of delicious food and friendly helpful staff made eggs the way you like. The free WiFi worked well even for VOIP. Rooms were cleaned everyday with fresh linens, towels, when it was convenient for us. We stayed 11 days and our visit to Istanbul was greatly enhanced because I choose this hotel using Trip Advisor in the first place. Thank you especially to Mr.Issiy and Ms. Sevgi, you were awesome!

Room Tip: All the rooms are fine as the rooftop area is available anytime for sitting over a beautiful view of Topkapi, Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque.
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank mrpbates
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

It is a little hotel located ten meters from the main street and very near the most important points of interest in Istanbul. In general the hotel and room were very clean.
The room was small but it had a balcony with a nice view. The bathroom seemed to have been renewed a little while ago and was spacious. There is free WiFi, safe in the room, fridge and desk. The staff were very friendly.
Breakfast had a wide range of food (very tasty) and the view from there was spectacular both during the day and at night (The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace and the Bosphorus).

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Edu-Adri
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