Hotel Kazakhstan

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

52/54 Dostyk Avenue, Almaty, Kazakhstan

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Poor
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Value Score Poor Value

Rated 15% lower than similarly priced 3 star hotels

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    26 stories upper-soviet tourist hotel

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    I spend two night at Hotel Kazakhstan. This 26 stories upper-soviet tourist hotel was built in 1977 and located on Dustlyk Street. There 8 elevators installed for 26 room in each floor.

    It is quite sufficient space of hotel lobby while my single room was extremely small, even though bath tab was facilitated inn the room. Actually it was smallest room in my experience at hotel not only in Kazakhstan but also other nations. So I measured room size and it is 200x300mm bed room, 200x220mm and 100x220mm corridor. You can imagine room space. I felt very cold due to no heater in this season (mid April) so I took bath to warm up. I checked to observe double room and it is also extremely small size.

    However they serve sufficient service at reception and breakfast which takes second floor with view of the hotel lobby which is extremely high ceiling hight. It is also proper quality of foods and coffee.

    It is located in south eastern side of central Almaty with relatively upper class neighbourhood and it is easy access to various destinations. There are many public building and facilities near by such as Academy of Science, Palace of the Republic, Cable car, etc. , and it is good location for a walk to look around former soviet architecture and tree-lined streets. There are also various cafes and restaurants near by.
    Their arrangement of transport to airport is 3,500KTZ.

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    Hotel Kazakhstan

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    Hotel is located upper part of Almaty. There are several restaurants and bars around including Italian, Thai, Kazakh, etc at the neighborhood. Hotel looks fine from the outside but rooms are terrible. Standard room is around 8-9m2 and single bed is kid size. Bathrooms are small as well and old. No aircon, hair dryer. Wifi internet is available at the lobby. Airport is about 15-20 min. Hotel offers airport pick up/transfer at the cost of 2300 tenge (app $20). Room charges for single standart rooms is around 16000-18000 tenge ($135-$150). I do not recommend this hotel for this price.

    Unique Quality: The best thing about this hotel is location but Almaty is a small city and all places (bars, cafes, restaurants) are already in the walking distance.

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    Pride of Alma Ata

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    When I came to Almaata for the first time in 80 's I use to stay in this hotel .
    This was the highest building in the city and I think that it still preserve this record.
    I use to stay at the 13 th floor because it was the in the middle of the hotel .The view of the Tian shan mountain is superb.The Restaurant on the top was one of the best and the only Inn disco was on the basement which you are able to listen the songs of famous Turkish singer Tarkan.

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    Hotel Kazakstan

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    So, what to stay about the hotel inside almaty's tallest building? this was built back in 1977 and actually after a bombing on its last flights, it still stand for the tallest in town.

    The hotel was rebuilt just a couple of years ago so what you'll pay will be for a bit more confort than normal. altought the quality here is ok, remember that by the fact that it was built back in 1977 it is like the new modern and fancy ones bilt just a few years ago.

    Unique Quality: the rooms are normal soviet style and size hotel rooms with private bathroom. you can choose for the new renovated rooms and pay more and also expect satelite tv inside. on the top floor of the hotel you have the cosmos cafe open for everyone. great opportunity to enjoy the view over the mountains looking at medeo side and to the tv tower side. the top floor is the number 26th... enjoy the view!
    ah not to forget that the price even on the cheapest accomodation includes breakfast on the top floor. great way to start the morning at cafe cosmos top 26th floor!!

    Directions: the hotel kazakstan is located on the south part of the palace of the republic. its just the tall building, you shouldnt miss it! also near the cable car to koktyube.

  • Almaty's hotels

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    Almaty has hotels to suit every taste and pocket. There are «multiple star» hotels with a lot of additional services and more modest ones with the same range of services at much cheaper rates. The cheapest places are Soviet type hotels. Such old hotels as Almaty, Kazakhstan, Daulet, Otrar etc have clean decent rooms with renovation. A little more expensive are rooms with air conditioning and satellite TV. Some hotels are located in the mountains, like Arman, Premier Medeo and Chimbulak. Accomodation in Almaty is not reduced to hotels only. Some people prefer to rent an apartment or a cottage.

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As far as hotels are...

by ianrmillard

As far as hotels are concerned, I have made detailed comments on my KAZAKHSTAN VT page. Suffice to say that my personal choices would be either the former 'Residence No. 3' (formerly visited mainly by Soviet Politburo and those of similar rank) or the 'Dostyk' Hotel (formerly 'Druzhba', meaning 'Friendship', also formerly reserved for Party apparatchiki at the Central Committee level), on Kurmangazy Street. Neo-Stalin columns, quiet and peaceful, collonaded atrium, white-columned restaurant and a merciful lack of American, Israeli and other businessmen yapping into mobile telephones...The more expensive places are the Alatau Country Club (about USD$400 a day), the Hyatt Rachat Palace (about USD$300 a day) and the Ankara (maybe USD$200 a day), all considered 5-star. The Dostyk, Hotel Kazakhstan, Astana and a couple of others might be described as 3/4 star (though the Kazakhstan is very poorly managed and maintained). Of cheaper places, try the gloomy Otrar (formerly the Intourist flagship here) by Panfilov Park on the North side. I have heard that the Zhentitsu Hotel is adequate, but only saw it from the outside so will not rate it. I expect you'd be paying about $50 a night there. Watch out for prostitutes in all the cheaper places from the Kazakhstan down. The others have security.

For longer term visits, rental of an apartment is the thing. Avoid agencies which will probably either be expensive or ripoffs. Personal contacts will always be able to find you a suitable apartment within a few days or a week or two. If you do not speak Russian, take along someone who does. These rentals are not written down (the locals want to avoid the rascally tax authorities) so make sure you have an OK feeling about the people who own the place; I never had a serious problem and rented three apartments during my year in the city (1996-1997).For an apartment in the Abaia-Lenina-Panfilov Park triangle think in terms of between about USD$500-$2,000 per month depending on size, location etc. In the poorer neighbourhoods, you could probably pick up a reasonable-sized (3-5 room) apartment for maybe $200 or $300 or, for $50-$100, a room sharing with a family. Obviously, that means further out from the centre of the city, or in an area with less security/more crime, or more drunken people around (who are swiftly cleared out from the more prestigious neighbourhoods). Some people (usually Americans or others with money and families en poste) take a dacha, but this comes with attendant problems: possibility of heating, water and power outages in winter, plus the ever-present yapping and barking of the dogs which the Kazakhs keep chained in their yards for security...
My most pleasant apartment (though without city views and slightly out of the city proper; also not the largest) was one I took in the 'Military Settlement' area. These buildings, built between a large modern maternity home in extensive grounds and the former KGB--now Border Guards--School, were originally reserved for highranking Army and KGB officers, now mainly occupied by old ladies. I was the only foreigner in this peaceful oasis
In 1997, my three large rooms (plus kitchen/bath) cost me USD$650 a month.For another $100 a month, you can usually get some lady like one of the owners or her mother to come in 3-5 days per week and do all your housework (great!), meaning cleaning, bedmaking, washing-up, laundry and even buying food for you at Optovka or in the Zilyony Bazaar (if you can write a list in Russian)
Russians and--in their own way--Kazakhs can be very generous and it may well be that you will be invited to stay overnight by a family, or an individual--in the case of an unacompanied Western man, probably a woman looking for a Western friend/boyfriend.... Be warned: while many offers (of whatever sort) are fully genuine, Almaty CAN be a lawless place at times and you should feel very comfortable with the individual or people inviting you before you go (not knowing the city or perhaps the language) with them to their apartment. Murders of foreigners are rare but have happened (an American had his throat cut in his own apartment across the way from the building where I myself lived during my first few months in Almaty); more likely, for a male traveller, might be the acquisition of an unwanted girlfriend (ie. one who becomes a 'Velcro' attachment to you during your whole stay!) or even the theft of money or an expensive watch from you by a casual acquaintance. Having said that, I wore a Rolex SeaDweller (then worth around USD$3,000) all my time in the city and never had a problem. Like food poisoning, theft and murder do occur in Almaty, but are rare (in ascending order of likelihood).As for the girlfriends, the vast majority of girls in Almaty are absolutely genuine and not trying (as some foreign men seem to believe) to snare a foreigner and his passport at any cost! I knew of several cases myself where girls were offered marriage by English and other foreign men and rejected them or only accepted after many months or even years of a relationship.

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One more try

by suvaa003

Hello dear VT friends. i did get same replies, but i am still surgging for ideas and wich places to visit in K We are going in june. Wich kind of transport is the best in k, train?

Re: One more try

by SurfaceTravel

You may want to try the forums on the Lonely Planet. The travellers there are more likely to have experience in Kazakhstan.

www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree

Re: One more try

by TrevorRugby8

It is a huge country, with a lot to see. Turkestan is probably the most historic city....And I would definately recomend you take only trains. And get the open seating tickets, rather than first class. The people in Kazakhstan are amazing. They warm, caring, very giving........your train experiences will be your highlight of the trip. But aways bring a bit of food to share with the other passengers......because they will always share what they have. And it is a good idea to bring tea, and mugs for the ride. Their is free hot water on all of the trains. have a good trip.
Trevor

www.trevorbulgariapeacecorps.blogspot.com

Re: One more try

by TheWanderingCamel

We were staying with friends in Almaty so didn't have to arrange our own transport whilst we were there but I can highly recommend a trip out to see the petroglyphs at Tamgaly Tas, they are fantastic. You should be able to orgaize a visit there once you reach Almaty.

To get to Medeo - the popular recreation area in the mountains just outside Almaty, take the No 6 bus or one marked "Medeo" from opposite the Hotel Kazakhstan on Dostyk Street. They run all day with the last bus returning at 2200. From there you should try to get up to Chimbulak - it's a 3-4 hour hike.

The gorge leading up to Big Almaty (Bolshoe Almatinskoe) Lake starts just 15km outside Almaty. You can catch a bus to the village village (Kok-shoky) near the entrance to the gorge and from there it is a long hike up to the lake - a good 5-6 hours.

I wish we'd had time to see more of Kazakhstan - have a great trip
leyle

Re: One more try

by Nuclei

Wherever I go, i visit this web site before. Unesco World Heritage.
http://whc.unesco.org/

You can see the list of places in KAZ under Unesco World Heritage

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Address: 52/54 Dostyk Avenue, Almaty, Kazakhstan