The place is run by a former Japanese journalist who settled down in Afghanistan. She takes care of the guests personally. She cooks for them and makes sure everything is alright. Bamiyan has no electricity and mostly is run by generators. If you are looking for comfort, Hotel Silk Road may not be perfect but it is the best in Bamiyan.
Very clean, offers the nicest view. Has meeting rooms. I loved my stay here.
I have actually not stayed in the Bamiyan Hotel, but I have been to it many times.
Cost is $25 night and the food is average Afghani. The US State Dept. and DynCorp have rented most of the rooms as they are doing training for the Bamiyan police.
But there are a couple of rooms still for rent.
The bathrooms are shared, and a bit grundy, but there is hot water
Great views of the Buddahs.
when it comes to accommodation, there are not too much choices in bamiyan. and they could be expensive. the cheapest guesthouse is the mama najaf hotel. it's just located at the center of the town, but it doesnt make any sense at all considering the small size of the town.
the rooms at the first floor are really dirty, cost 6 dollars per room and you can stay up to 7 people. the rooms upstair are much better, which cost 10 dollars per night, also up to 7 people.
you will sleep on the carpet. but remember nights in bamiyan could be very chilly, even in summer. so prepare well.
the other guesthouse in the town is much more beautiful, with common bathroom in the hotel (while in mama najaf you need to walk downstair to get into a UN toilet, which is in very terrible condition).
but the price is crazy. 10 dollars per bed per night.
the hotel has a small chaikhana also. you can stay in the dining hall (chaikhana) for free if you eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner here. it's the best way if you want to save your money. of course, dont expect privacy here.
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