5 stars for location, service, breakfast.
Staff is very friendly, location is perfect, and the breakfast choices are quite extensive (if you like Turkish breakfast).
The breakfast is traditional Turkish fare - assortment of breads, assortment of jams, yogurt, cereal (to eat with yogurt?), assortment of cheese, tomatoes, cucumber, cookies, olives, dried fruits, eggs, etc. We did not like the coffee dispensed from the machine - it tasted like instant coffee.
The location is perfect - about 1/4 mile from Hagia Sophia, Blue mosque, Topkapi Palace, and the underground cistern. There are many places to eat along the way, including a McDonalds about 50 yards away. The tram stop is also about 50 yds.
We stayed in room 501 (a suite with a great view) the first time, which was awesome. This room is large with a big balcony, which allowed us to open the blinds and still have privacy.
When we returned from Cappadocia, we stayed on the 3rd floor, which was (relatively speaking) a letdown, because the hotel is on a narrow street and the room faced a building across the street. Also, the bathroom in this room was very small - slightly larger than the bathrooms I have seen in Japanese hotels.
The street is somewhat noisy, but the sound insulation is quite good, so cannot hear much noise once the windows are shut.
Overall it is a great place to stay.
The rooms are clean.
- 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