Rast is 5 minutes walk from the Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Bascilla cistern, T1 tram stop and 10 minutes from the Grand Bazaar. It is the perfect tourist location.
The special thing about the Rast is the view. The rooftop breakfast terrace has an incredible panorama ranging from the Bosphorus Bridge to the Blue Mosque and the Sea of Marmara. It is spellbinding.
We stayed in one of the 5th floor suites which had a huge private sit out terrace, with chairs and a table and a similar view to the 6th floor rooftop terrace. This meant we could sit out and relax at any time of day. This made a real difference given the bustle of Istanbul and the amount of sight seeing we crammed in.
The double glazing blocked out the low level of city noise and the AC worked well. Room was comfy and quite traditional. Staff were pleasant, wifi worked well and the airport pickup service was great.
I'd recommend it.
- 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