When checking reviews on tripadvisor I am careful about how seriously I take the reviews in relation to the rating. For example if someone gives the hotel only 2/3 stars because the bedroom/bed is too small, I ignore it. If someone gives it a low rating because there the towels are not fluffy enough I ignore them. And so to this hotel, I have seen a few reviews that complain about minor things but don't let these put you off staying here.
There were a few things that I didn't like, but none of them would stop me from recommending it as a place to stay because they were minor and did not distract from the overall pleasure of my stay. Then again I don't ask for much, a comfy bed, good breakfast and friendly staff.
Yes it was shame that they didn't serve fresh orange juice at breakfast, especially when it is so readily available on every street in Istanbul, but the rest of the breakfast is lovely. It is also a shame you can't get a beer in the bar, but we are in a Muslim Country and all you need to do is walk 2 minutes to the next hotel where you can enjoy an Effes on the roof. Our room was a 'little' tired, but still very nice. Let's face it, with a city like Istanbul, you're not in there very much!
However, the staff are really friendly and helpful, nothing seemed to much for them. Yes when we arrived they sat us down with tea to show us where everything was on the map. They did tell us about boat cruises and how they could get a discount, but it was all done in a helpful way and there was no hard sell.
The first room they showed us was a triple, but when we said we would rather a double that was no problem. Our transfer back to the airport was already arranged as well. So as you see friendly and efficient staff.
There were ample toiletries in the bathroom and the bedroom was cleaned every day.
The view from the restaurant is amazing.
Something to watch out for when in Istanbul (not to do with the hotel) Taxi drivers will always tell you that there is a traffic problem and try to put the price up - remember to haggle!
Things to try:
1. 360 restaurant
2. Fresh fish from the market, they just grill it, wack it in a roll with salad - yummy. (The Beyoglu side of Galata bridge)
3. The Spice Bazar & Grand Bazar
4. A beer on a roof top bar somewhere (Pierre Loti Hotel is nice)
6. Pay the extra for the Harem at the Topkapi palace - get there early
- 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