Two friends and I recently visited Istanbul for a week staying at the Rast Hotel. We were picked up from the airport and delivered to the hotel without waiting at all. Our room was not ready that day so we were allocated a suite (room 501) and it was lovely to sit on the balcony where you could look out over the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, the Topkapi Palace and the Bosphorus - magical. The hotel is a little tired and could perhaps do with a refurbishment but the attention by the staff to your every need certainly makes up for it. I did not learn the names of all the staff but Sevgi and Fatma in the terrace restaurant and Happy in reception were extremely helpful and happy (if you will excuse the pun). As it was our first trip to Istanbul we had a lot of questions to ask the reception staff and they were always extremely helpful and informative. As you will see in other reviews the location could not be bettered and I would have no hesitation in either returning or recommending this hotel. I also found the atmosphere generally in Istanbul to be so relaxed and friendly. All in all a very successful holiday.
- 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