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“Location is Perfect!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Rast Hotel

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Rast Hotel
Ranked #205 of 1,129 Hotels in Istanbul
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Location is Perfect!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2013

Stayed a total of 4 nights at the Rast.

Location is extremely close to the Ayya Sofya and the Blue mosque. And the Sultanahmet Tram station just 100m away.

Lots of restaurants around the area

Rooms are alright, not too small though the showers are a little dirty and leaky. Might be noisy at night.

Wifi Internet is stable and of acceptable speed.

The highlight of the hotel is the view from the Terrace (6th floor). Fantastic panoramic view of the city facing the Ayya Sofya and the Blue mosque.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013

We stayed 4 nights April/May 2013 as part of a package. Terrific location, but service just average. Initially we did one night (Very nice room!) before going to Gallipoli, then back to a much smaller, very average room - probably a function of the package price.One of the foyer PCs had its wifi link hang, and I rebooted it myself.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

Perfect, central position to everything in Sultanment with the most fantastic rooftop restaurant looking directly over the Blue Mosque. 2 minute walk to the tram which takes you directly into the Galata Bridge and Spice Market. Walking distance to the Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace and Cistern. Fairly small room with tiny bathroom but the view from the rooftop is worth these small details. Mr Happy assisted us with a private guide and transfers from the airport are free if you stay for 5 nights. Only negative - the Hotel is Alcohol free, so if you want to have a drink while enjoying the view, go somewhere else.

Room Tip: Rooms on the higher floors have a better view and are the same price.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Porto Alegre, Brazil
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2013

The hotel is perfect, right in the heart of the Old Town. And it is with a big and warm heart that Happy, Jasmin and the whole staff will welcome you from the moment you check in and during all your pleasant stay in the incredible Istanbul. We would like to thank Happy for all his experience helping us to make good use of our time there. He helped us planning our sightseeing for the 4 days we spent there. Ah, I was forgetting the cherry on the cake, breakfast is on the roof facing the Bosphorus and surrounded by the two major mosques: Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, breathtaking view. We loved Istanbul, its people and Rast Hotel. If I ever come back to Turkey I would defenetely stay there.

Room Tip: We stayed on the first floor, me, my husband and my son who is 6 years-old. The room facied the the...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Bunbury, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2013

Centrally located in Sultanahmet, this hotel has breathtaking view of the Bosphorus, Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia from its rooftop restaurant. It offers an extensive and delicious breakfast - included in the room rate. Staff were helpful mostly, and allowed us to check in early and throw in a complimentary breakfast (very appreciated as we had travelled overnight). There is a tram stop just around the corner, and many restaurants in the vicinity. On the down side, the room and bathroom were very small and dark and the shower could have been cleaner (and bigger). One sleeps under odd bedding - best described as a curtain and a tablecloth. Good aircon though!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

We just enjoyed 5 days in Istanbul and stayed at Rast. The location was convenient and the place had a nice view from the roof restaurant. We would rate it higher if a few things could improve:

- the wifi was painfully slow, even though it is advertisied at high speed. Slow to the point that we needed to go to another cafe or bar to really check anything online.

- the bed had no top sheet, just a blanket and cover. Have seen in previous reviews that this is normal for Rast.

- the room had no iron

- the airconditioner outside our room in the hallway was dripping.

- we were only allowed one key so if we split it up it was difficult to arrange who/how/when to get room access

All said and done we enjoyed our stay. Nice staff, good advice about seeing the sites and everything was kept secure.

I would reccomend it to you, but just wanted to point out the above to set expectations and also maybe help the hotel if they read this :-)

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

I have stayed at this hotel with family (two kids) and we were pleasantly surprised with experience as it was our first time in Istanbul. Staff is very pleasant and helpful. There were no issues communicating in English. Every time we walked in, receptionist stood up, greeted us, and asked if we needed something.

According to people that I talked with, that visited Istanbul many times, this hotel has one of top 5 views from the rooftop terrace. You can see everything from Nurosmaniye mosque, Bosphorus bridge (well lit at night), Aya Sophia, to Blue Mosque.

We stayed on second floor, and when balcony door was closed there was almost no noise coming from the street. Air conditioning worked well. and their housekeeping did great job. We have asked for iron as it was not "standard" in the room. Hotel provides WI-FI with good speed.
Breakfast bar has been same for few days but with enough variety, and you can ask for omelet, etc.

The hotel is situated very close to main attractions 6-7 min walk to Blue mosque (I timed this with and without kids), same for Aya Sophia, 10-15 min to Grand Bazaaar, etc. We even walked back from Eminonu and it took us around 40 minutes thru small streets. This gave us chance to see things that locals see. :)

ATM is 10-15 meters from hotel, and for those that love it Starbucks is across the street from ATM. As it is right in the Sultanahmet area, there are number of restaurants close by. We have found few local places that served good food.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Rast Hotel
Address: Binbirdirek Mah. Klodfarer Cad. No:4 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Phone Number:
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
#189 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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