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Rast Hotel
Ranked #233 of 1,159 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 28, 2012

excellent location, beautiful rooms, good price
very clean rooms and bathrooms, silence rooms

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 16, 2012

The Rast Hotel's location is ideal for the first time traveler, located within easy walking distance to the main attractions in the old city and only steps from the tram and many affordable restaurants. The reasonable price included reliable wifi great service and a good breakfast buffet with unbeatable views of Istanbul and the Bosphorus. Service was good and attentive and our room included an on time pickup from the airport upon arrival. The room was adequate although a touch small and the lobby areas were tastefully decorated. This hotel offers great value in an excellent location.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 15, 2012

I cannot praise the staff enough for their hospitality and support. My husband was in hospital and I had to change all his travel plans. Mezut and staff helped me until 3:00 a.m. through an arduous process with the airlines. They graciously served me tea and and allowed me to use their phone. As the Rast was fully booked the night of my husband's arrival (I had left)Mezut arranged a room and shuttle service to another quality hotel for him. We shall definitely come back to the Rast.

Mezut also arranged a discount private tour guide who was most knowledgable and easy to be with. He also checked out my carpet purchase to make sure it was of good value before I closed the deal.

The restaurant is located on the roof terrace where there is a magnificent view of the Bospherus Bridge, Hagia Sofia and the Blue Mosque.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank KarenLoveJoy
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Reviewed May 14, 2012

Friendly service, from the beginning at the hotel reception, to the girls of the breakfast room: Sevgi & Fatimah: smiling, helpful and useful. Lovely room, clean and with a small but just right bathroom. The view from the terrace during brakfast was indeed breathtaking & the best of Sultanahmed. The buffet was breathtaking too: lage choice of the thing we are used to, AND large choice of delightful Turkish puddings... we'll certainly go back to the Rast !

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Patrick V
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Reviewed May 7, 2012

I recommend this hotel if you like to be in the heart of the old city. It is at walking distance from major tourist attractions and the grand bazar and very close to metro station. We loved it. Enjoy!!!!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Thank H F
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Reviewed May 7, 2012

Highlights were the breakfast buffet and magnificent view of the Blue Mosque. The location is outstanding with easy access to the tram and within easy walking distance of fine restaurants, historical sites and the Grand Bazaar. Sevgi and Fatima, at the breakfast terrace, greeted us with warm smiles and excellent service. The buffet was outstanding with lots of variety and freshly cooked omelettes. The pastries baked in the hotel were amazing!
A couple of concerns. We received a very cool reception when we arrived, And the room that that we stayed in for one night was tiny. There was barely room for the double bed and almost no room for clothes storage. The bathroom and shower were miniscule . The door hit the toilet when it was opened. The modern sink took up all the room so there was no ledge for toilettries. When we complained about the room we were upgraded with the help of our travel agent, but we were made to feel as if we were trouble makers. As a result, we did not have a good feel about the place and wouldn't stay there again.

Room Tip: Avoid the tiny double rooms!
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Svendiane
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Reviewed May 5, 2012

Wonderful hotel! Great location, lovely view at the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia at the top floor. Breakfast was excellent. Room was clean and staff was very helpful and they all speak english.
The only minus is the proximity of the tram, so it is a bit noisy when train goes by. But if you want to be close to the main tourist attractions, this is the place to be. You'll be so tired from walking and sightseeing all day, that you won't mind the noise and will fall asleep.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank sanasy
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Address: Binbirdirek Mah. Klodfarer Cad. No:4 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
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Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Business Center 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: $56 - $115 (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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