Very helpfull staff, a great organisation, very clean, sometimes over crowded during festival time
View over the id kah mosque , a short walk to the night market
One of my friends suggested me to go to noor bish hotel, then I email a travel agency located in kashgar named www.trip2kashgar.com, the agency sent a tour guide there in person and he was told that the hotel does not have any business anymore. But some hotels nearby the Atkar area is still sepcial and cheap.
There are a variety of rooms here, ranging from 70 yuan on the third floor of a back building to 80 on the second floor, 140 on the first floor. The main building is 380 and up and the second building (with the consulate cafe) is 280 yuan and up, as of July 28, 2008. We're staying in the 80 yuan rooms, which aren't in the best shape, but are quite serviceable and pleasant enough, clean and have air conditioning and hot water with private baths. This isn't the best hotel in town, but it does have a John's Information Cafe, a CITS office and a business center, internet access and is quite a pleasant place to hang around.
I'm a bit leary of the CITS office, they charge a 20 yuan commision for things, I guess... sounds odd for a government office... Other than that, it's a haven for westerners, which is always both nice and disappointing when you want to feel off the beaten path.
Prices below are based on our room, and go higher from there.
Had to change the room 3 times.
First room: The toilet did not work.
Second room: The toilet did not work.
Third room: After midnight, chinese tourists started a karaoke party - on the floor, not in their rooms. The staff told me it's impossible to do anything against the noise. So I moved to the
Fourth room: The toilet did work! But nearly nothing else (the air con, most of the lights...)
The Qinibagh Hotel was built on the ground of the former British Consulate. The old building of the Consulate still stands in the back of the hotel's compuung. It was famous in the times of the foreign explorers of Taklamakan Desert in the beginning of the 20th century.
The hotel itself is a conveniantly located 3-star-hotel.
Bre is ok. There is a nice restaurant, where you can sit outside. And there is John's Cafe next to the older buildings on the compound, where you can sit under trellises and have a ocld beer. From the room on the upper floors you have a spectacular view on the city and the mountains.
The business center provides cheap internet and telefone connections.
This hotel is located in the grounds of the former British Consulate, where players of the Great Game used to be the guests of the Macartneys. The old Consulate building can still be found round the back, where it is now a Uighur restaurant.
It is rather a puzzling hotel - on the site there are several buildings, three different places where you can access the internet, the aforementioned Uighur restaurant, a Chinese restaurant, and a branch of John's Information Cafe. Breakfast, which was a buffet served on the first floor of our building was a bit uninspiring, but they did a nice glass of tea in the lobby bar, and the internet cafe in the other building serves real coffee.
Our room was in the 'International' building and had all mod cons.
What can I say? The whole place is unique, in that I have never stayed anywhere quite like it.
The Chini Bagh Hotel is spread across several buildings in a small square and the decor varies from quite smart to almost derelict. The main reception area (not the secondary reception area in the second building, which appears to be disused) includes a smart main desk, a carpeted spiral staircase up to the breakfast area, a bar with internet access and TV, an internet cafe whose computers indulge in a form of guerrilla warfare with your patience before connecting to the net, a gift shop, a carpet shop and a fish tank.
There are two lifts which chime musically when they reach their destination, and a third which is secreted in a cupboard.
The room we used is spacious and clean, but the control system for lighting and TV requires a qualification in codebreaking and if you use your welcome teabags, they are not replaced for the rest of your stay, which is rather mean.
The former British Consulate, from the days of the Great Game (a Cold War precursor) between Britain and Russia, is round the back...now a Uygur restaurant.
Cannot comment on prices as this was booked as part of a package for a longer journey.
I stayed at TianNan Hotel because it was handy and local, and because some of the tips were very encouraging from this site. It certainly is very standard, and satisfactory (for example, own bathroom, TV, room cleaned - sort of), and staff were relatively straightforward. Although I must say the staff were not quite the kindly supportive types previously written about this place - perhaps there's been a turn-over in staff? It's a safe fall-back, but I think it's equally worth checking out the other hotels.
Hotel is very handy to everything, and has a 'safe' - although I wouldn't rely 100% on it!
This hotel is a little more expensive than the Qinibagh Hotel at Y140 a night, but the difference in quality is more than the difference in price. The bathrooms are very clean as are the rooms and beds. The staff is very nice. We got quite sick while we were there and they couldn't have been nicer. They brought us fruit and were very kind. Next time I go to Kashgar I will definately stay at Tiannan.
This hotel seems to be quite popular with Europeans as well as locals. It's pretty cheap at Y120 a night for a double and is decent, although not as nice as the Tiannan (go there unless being near the mosque is really important to you). The location is within walking distance of the mosque. Bathrooms are clean, although no seperate quarter for the shower as is common in many Chinese hotels.
This is the interior of the room setting in Noor Bish Hotel cost 15yuan each bed. Nice room, nice view but a little too quite because I did not see many tourists here.
Another view from my room windows. The hotel is beautiful if they take good care of it but probably some unknown reasons that caused the place somewhat unattended that led to bad business. I was there and saw only another room has light on while the rest were just empty, but still I like it because it was very beautiful and full of ancient feels.
15yuan each in Dormitories, cheap cheap. Not so clean, not so clean especially the toilet with bad flushing system always appeared few stack of 'human fertilizers' together with the sharp aromatic smells 10 steps sensed faraway, but overall I still like this place.
For Y30 a night, I got a double room all to myself, which was good because I was sick as a dog most of the time. The rooms are fine, but the shared bathrooms are every bit as nasty as their reputation. Even seasoned travellers will be offended by the aroma and grunge.
Worst bathrooms of any hotel I've ever seen.
It is a complex of 3 hotels, at the central square there are an excellent Chinese and Uygur restaurants. (I can't give you any advice on the Uygur restaurant because I did not try it).
Just at the gate you can rent bicycles at a cheap price, a few Yuan for an hour.
And just outside the gate you can buy bottles of cold mineral water and delicious yoghurt.
There are also some moneychangers, but I don't know if they can be trusted, if you want to change money go to the Seman hotel, just opposite John Hu's cafe.
A good place to stay, good location, and the old City is within walking distance (5 a 10 minutes).
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