Adequate, clean rooms in a decent location. Mini mart across the street, cabs readily available. Supposedly the wireless email comes and goes but once we got the password, it seemed fine. It isn't free. Staff was helpful. Full breakfast with the room. Rooms have a mini bar and the staff speak English.
Nothing particularly unique. I found the hotel to be quite expensive considering it's in a country that doesn't have a lot of tourists and what you get for the price.
Im staying in a wery nice apartment hotel caled Europa it is lokated on the Asia side of the river Ural.
Service is wery good there.
Apartments, Restaurant, Swimming pool, laundry
Single room -15 000 KZT
Double room -18 000 KZT
Semi luxury room - 21 000 KZT
Luxury room - 32 000 KZT
They have the best lunch in town
complete sh**-hole and USD 160 a night no less.
the general manager asked if me and my colleague wanted some special service? I asked him if he was offering to bl** us?
avoid this hotel like the plague
Bartogai Lake Camp is set up and run by Kan Tengri Mountain Service for those clients who are engaged in such eco-tourism activities as birdwatching, trekking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, or observing the country's botanical specialties. Bartogai Lake is a reservoir at the base of the Tien Shan Mountains on the Sugaty Plain, about two hours east of Almaty.
Spacious tents contain comfortable cots, mattresses, and pillows (although clients must provide their own sleeping bags). Meals are prepared by camp staff and are taken in mess tents that have electric lighting thanks to a generator. Shower tents are available, although when I was there, it was too cold to take a shower--members of my group waited until we went to the Tien Shan Astronomical Observatory to clean up.
Hotel Dostyk is located on a pleasant tree-lined street, within walking distance of Almaty's embassy district and luxury shopping streets, and is 20 minutes from the airport.
Its 69 rooms are comfortably furnished, and feature satellite television, direct-dial international telephone service, internet access, and individual climate control.
The hotel's business center offers such amenities as fax, internet access, e-mail, photocopying, and secretarial and interpreting services. The Altyn Arna conference hall seats 200 and is available for meetings and conferences.
Guests will enjoy the Bastau Grill Restaurant; a bar which offers billiard tables; and a fitness center which includes a swimming pool, gymnasium and sauna facilities.
Astana International Hotel is conveniently located in downtown Almaty, just five minutes from the Palace of the President and Republic Square, and 30 minutes from the airport.
Its 114 rooms and 12 junior suites offer facilities which conform to international standards, including satellite television, direct-dial international telephone service, individual climate control, safety deposit boxes, hair dryers, and mini bars.
The hotel provides five conference rooms, a business center with internet access, secretarial and interpreting services, and 24-hour foreign currency exchange.
For relaxation, there is a restaurant which features French and international cuisine, a bowling bar with ten-pin bowling, billiard tables, a gymnasium, and sauna facilities.
Make sure to try to get out of the city and stay with a Kazakh family in a yurt. It's an unforgettable experience!
We stayed in Marriot in Egypt, 5* hotel, very comfortable.
Service is good.Personal are very polite.
Very big pool, comfortable own beach.
The territory is green, many trees and flowers.
Pool was big and the different depth.
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Stay in a home, it is the only way to see life there. There are some large soviet style hotels in Almaty, but a guest house is the only way to feel the people. Kazakhs are warm and friendly even in the winter. A short drive and any local can find nomads in the steppes, living a life unchanged by centuries.
Homestays! We stayed in a small area on the outer limits of the Almaty area. Great food and Soviet folk songs at night!
We flew into Baikonur in the morning and left in the afternoon, so we didn't have to look for accommodation.
This is City park . Steppe,steppe,steppe. Very few trees and flowers , therefore we(children) often go in park and to land trees. My teacher to instilled love to nature . And now i can say my Teacher- 'Thank you!' ..... Most clear memory about my childhood in Kazastan.
view from Alatau Sanatorium
I lived in a large 'penthouse' apartment, then, later, in an apartment in the 'Military Settlement' area, but I would stay, if a tourist, in the Dostyk Hotel, formerly reserved for (Kazakhstan) Communist Party Central Committee members and authorized persons I rather like the quiet, neo-Stalinist style .A place nearby and also worth looking at is the former Residence No.3, now also open to the public (accessed via an obscure barricaded entrance almost opposite the British/French/German Embassy building on Furmanova: cross the street and about 20 yards or so uphill). This has a summer-only open air cafe in a beautiful, quiet, garden and, thanks to high prices (in 1997, US$6 for an imported beer..) usually empty of customers! Brezhnev stayed in this place on a regular basis
If I were staying a month or more, would rent an apartment (when I was there, maybe $700-1,000 for a really good one (US$)). Via connections, NOT agencies.
THE best place to stay is the former Alatau Sanatorium, now Country Club, but this is outside Almaty by about 10 miles. This was formerly reserved for Soviet Politburo members; Brezhnev was apparently a frequent visitor. It now has a golf course (9 holes), swimming pools, French restaurant and costs hundreds of dollars per day, as do the Rachat Palace/Hyatt and, a bit cheaper, 5-star Ankara [see pic]
Starting with most expensive: Alatau Country Club, Hyatt, Ankara, Dostyk, Kazakhstan (best avoided: little for your money except a view; teenage Kazakh prostitutes accost all men after dark, at the entrance), Astana. There are numerous other hotels which are mostly cheaper, less clean, less safe. The old Intourist hotel, now renamed 'Otrar', on the north side of Panfilov Park, is probably the best of the rest. The Indo-Pakistani (NOT main) restaurant is good and not expensive, but the hotel itself is a gloomy place.
The Dostyk is not a place favoured by loud business types from the US or Israel, yapping into mobile telephones (whereas the Rachat Palace/Hyatt is)...set back from the road behind classical columns in the Stalin style (although built in 1986). Spacious public areas; not bad restaurant either (also white columns), though the wine list is a bit suspect, to say the least.
Housing in Kazakh cities tends to be either fairly ugly apartment buildings (the same ones you can find all over the FSU) or little whitewashed houses like this one.
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