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“Three English Ladies”
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Rast Hotel
Ranked #206 of 1,156 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
York, England
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
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“Three English Ladies”
Reviewed May 25, 2013

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.

Room Tip: The rooms on the higher floors have the best view.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Madrid
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Reviewed May 24, 2013

After having my reservation cancelled at another hotel and finding this one in a hurry, I must admit I was a bit mistrustful about what I was going to find, but everything was actually great!
The room was clean and comfortable, breakfast at the terrace everyday was terrific (specially the setting), location is unbeatable and the staff was very friendly and helpful.
Much recommended!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Zagreb, Croatia
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Reviewed May 24, 2013

Rast Hotel is centrally located in the heart of old Istanbul. my fourth trip to the town has been useful to me so we knew when the taxi driver took the road around instead straight to the hotel. little arguing before the hotel and showing the driver that we were tracking his driving on GPS was enough to lower the price he gave us.
When we entered the hotel we had completely other story. Front desk personal was really friendly. We got our room, key card and access to WI-FI in no time. We even got a map of the center of the town not asking for it. It was quite a nice experience. Bell boy brought the things to the room. It was a nice clean room, with all what you need. Although it was rather small and second floor did not have nice view to us it was not a meter of life and death. Breathtaking view you can have from the hotel restaurant on the last floor. Very romantic and special. Unfortunately we did spent only one nigh here due to the flight connections but I have to admit it was our best experience so far in Istanbul

Room Tip: Higher floors have better view to to historical sites so take those rooms if you can
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

I had to choose from lot of other hotels around but now i can definitely say that my choice to choose this hotel was perfect!. starting from food to service everything was fantastic and first class. employee like sevgi and fatma took good care of me and very friendly. The view from the hotel terrace was terrific!!. ramazan was one of the managers who was making sure that i get the best possible service and amenities whenever i required. Ziya ugur was at the bell desk and helped me with my luggage which was very heavy. i had the best time of my life and will definitely recommend this pace to all who wanna get his money worth.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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derby
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Reviewed May 18, 2013

Just returned from 4 night stay at the Rast Hotel. Excellent position for site seeing. Pleasant staff. Very good breakfast. If you are considering a stay in Instabul this is the hotel for you! If I return to Instanbul I would not consider looking for any other hotel as I am sure nowhere could better the Rast.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 30, 2013 via mobile

Chose this hotel based on images from their website and Trip Advisor reviews.
View from restaurant very memorable, room accommodated all four of us, location perfect. Easy stroll (with two prams) to key highlights. Wifi, bath, breakfast, very helpful staff.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

great location,near the Tram station and the main sttractions of the old city.
clean rooms but not fancy.
we staid in all the room on the 5th floor. ( 501 suit - 504 - 503 - 505 )
if your super sensitive to noise then you will get annoyed with the 6th floor clickering of the restaurant. ( we weren't ) - great view from the top.
don't expect a perfect room in this hotel. its either a big room and tiny bathroom (501 - 504 - 505 ) or a good sized bathroom with a tub with the tiniest room in the world ( 503 )
the breakfast was great every single day. we staid there for 3 nights in the beginning of our trip and another 3 nights at the end of it. and we will surely go back again. ( just out in mind its just a place to sleep and have breakfast in )
the reception staff are super sweet and so helpful. every night we would ask them about attractions and places to go to and how to. they printed our scheduled and search it for us. told us how to get about the best and the cheapest way. very reliable people
Thanks for making our stay in Istanbul great.

Room Tip: chose the rooms on the right side of the hotel facing the back. at least you got a view of the road...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Rast Hotel
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:
#137 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#188 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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