This "Sanatoria" was recommended to me by several people I meet while in Bishkek. It is a "classic" Soviet era "health retreat". They do offer EXCELLENT back rubs! They also offer a "menu" of medical services, a price list of available services can be reviewed on their WEB site shown below. It really was a "vacation" sanatorium! (Good for what ever "ails you", rstful site, good food, and more) .
The food was good, the only "problem" was the menu was only in Russian and the staff at the restuarant did not speak English so I had to beg help from other guests, but that was a very small issue taking the whole "picture" into view..
An unbeliveable variety of activities for adults and children, scuba, fishing, horse back riding, 4-wheel ATV's, check out the picture of the "activities board" in the lobby. Therte was a HUGE childrens playground. I did not have occasion to ask if they offered suppervised play for kids so parents could relax doing activities that the kids might not enjoy, but ask.
They offered a VERY complete selection of actiuvities that were availablls "in season", I was there in March so you really did not went to swim, there was too little snow on the ground to even cross-country ski, so I enjoyed walking around the grounds and the food, (different for a US palete but quite tasty!). Check my "travel log" for better pictures!
I found Asia Mountains 1 (no. 2 is in town) in a guidebook and then later on a website. For some reason the website I used only had a Junior Suite available – the most expensive – at $80 a night. I would recommend that you have a look at the section below and book direct and choose a room that is right for you. They had plenty of vacancies when I was there. In fact I really bought more room and amenities than I needed. Oddly they do not have seasonal prices and the swimming pool was full of snow when I was there, so consider Asia Mountains 2 during the winter. Also their Yurt, here at Asia Mountains 1, is only available during the summer.
The hotel was slightly hard to find, but they can pick you up. The main building is very nice. There is a reception desk with a fair amount of souvenirs for sale (including postcards) and things like maps and leaflets of activities across Kyrgyzstan. To the right is a massive open plan kitchen where you get your buffet breakfast food (cold, but excellent). Supposedly you can use the kitchen yourself if you wish. Further to the right is a massive open plan dinning area where you can get your coffee/tea and also use their internet for free.
My Junior Suite was in the building past the swimming pool. The room was large and well equipped. The only drawback was that the bed was poor for being a top priced room. I had a nice desk, plenty of closet space, satellite TV, remote climate control and even a place to store my luggage. There was a good fridge, electric kettle and 2 tea bags. Oddly they never replaced the tea bag I used! The bathroom, complete with a robe, was good. Descent sink and mirror to shave with. The tub was nice enough and the showers had plenty of hot water. There were 2 soap and 1 shampoo dispensers.
Overall it was completely quiet, warm and safe. The security guard had his office in my building.
The location is also quiet, despite being near the train line – I never heard a train or saw one. It is a good 10 minute walk to the heart of everything, but it’s all flat. There are several well stocked shops nearby and a sauna. There is even a large bar a stones throw away. All in all – a good stay.
OVERVIEW OF THE HOTEL
• Outdoor swimming pool (warmer months)
• 20 rooms and a Yurt – details below
• Free car parking
• Conference room for 25 people
• 24 reception and security
• Souvenirs/postcards/maps/tourist information
• Free internet (1 computer) and Wi-Fi
• Meals and a bar service
• Rent a car and driver in Bishek – 8 hours - $40
• Collection from the airport for 1-3 people - $25
• Car & driver outside of Bishkek - $95 per day and includes petrol
ALL ROOMS (20 in total) HAVE:
• Their own bathroom
• Free breakfast
• Air-conditioning and heating
• Plenty of hot water
• Satellite TV
SINGLE ROOM (4):
• Standard amenities
STANDARD TWIN ROOM (6):
• As above
TWO ROOM SUITE (2):
• 2 separate beds (can be put together)
• Writing table
• Bathrobe and slippers
• In a separate building
• Heated floors
• Full desk
DELUXE ROOM (4):
• Same amenities as the suites
** They told me you can sleep in the Yurt during the summer, but gave me no details. Please email them for prices.
This is a fairly standard 5* hotel. It's perhaps a little far out of town, but that appears to be reflected in the room rate which was about $95 for a twin room. The rooms are huge, and of a very high standard.
Hotel Semetei (Cemetei) offered a variety of rooms, from basic, 1200 som rooms (two total) that suffice very well for a few nights to breezy, 2500 som rooms that were very pleasant. They offer (for a price) laundry services and speak a bit of English, if you get the right person at the desk.
The hotel looks out over what seems to be a military training area- which explains why a bunch of guys with guns were running knees bent around what was otherwise a walled-in vacant lot. I was not impressed by their skill, but it was interesting to watch. On other sides, there are pleasant views of the tree-covered city with nice sunsets.
There are a TVs in the rooms, and they got enough channels for us to watch some of the 2008 Olympics.
If you need a taxi, there are a few that hang out right outside the main gate. Don't be surprised if they have Mercedes, though they'll probably ask for more money.
The hotel seems secure enough.
The Ak Keme (formerly known as the Pinara) is located slightly outside the centre of Bishkek, but with great views of the mountains.
The standard of decor in our room was a bit below what I would expect from a hotel of this type, but the public areas were fine. Facilities include a swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts, hairdresser and business centre with internet access.
There are great views of the mountains, especially from the restaurant on the top floor.
It is difficult to give a fair description of this hotel since it was currently under a major remake when I was there. I stayed in a motel like room, well equipped with a double bed and a single bed and private bath with a shower. Breakfas was served in one of the hotel rooms that was remade into kitchen and dining room.
The price was 40 USD including breakfast.
It was a Little chilly in february but the owner put in an extra element so I was never freezing.
On a back street but very central. Good service from the owners.
They arranged Airport transfer to Manas for 20 USD.
Hands down, the Hyatt Regency Bishkek is by far the nicest place to stay -- and a rather unfortunate number of american tax dollars go toward housing others who feel the same. Less expensive alternatives that still see a lot of ex-pats are the Silk Road (although I hear their prices have gone up since recent renovations), the Dostyk, and the Pinara.
However, for those not so interested in paying a lot of money, a reasonable option is to rent an apartment for the duration of your stay. Local travel agencies such as Kyrgyz Concept (http://www.akc.com.kg/servis/hotels.htm#apart) can arrange this for you in advance -- although their price range of $150-$2000 per month seems a little ridiculous, as the nicest apartment I have seen here is only $1000 per month, which is still considerably less than $2000 even if you tack on some kind of short stay premium. Note: they can also arrange a 'Bed & Breakfast' experience with a local family for about $30 a night.
The Hyatt has a nice restaurant, a nice bar, plus fitness facilities. It also is surrounded by a high fence and has a full-time security guard at the parking lot entrance.
The Pinara has a nice pool. It is probably farthest from the center action, but it is very close to the US Embassy.
The Silk Road is kind of out of the way, but still close to the center. I stayed there when I first arrived, before the renovation, and I found the rooms quite comfortable.
I personally don't like the Dostyk's location, but it is certainly cheaper than the Silk Road or the Hyatt (it is actually pretty close to the Hyatt), and I hear that they have pool tables downstairs.
When I arrived in Bishkek at Manas Airport, I had met a friend who was living there at the time. I stayed at the Hyatt for one night and it was a very nice hotel, yet quiet expensive. I knew that I had to find something to better fit my budget being that I was to be there for 3 weeks. I found a flat in Vostok 5 Micordistrict. I had to pay for 1 month, but it was only $250 US Dollars. It was very clean and very close to the city center in Bishkek.
I looked at many different flats in Bishkek and recommend this type of accomodation if your stay is a lengthy one.
Also, if you should seek out a flat, make sure that you are renting from a Russian and not a Kyrgyz citizen. Russians take better care of their properties and are quite fair with regards to prices as opposed to a Kyrgyz person.
This is a very good area to be in. There is a bazaar where you can buy produce and other goods. Everything you'd want to see in Bishkek is within walking distance for the most part.
Hyatt is is the first choice for Western businessmen and officials, and is probably like any other business-hotel in the world, expensive, clean and safe. It has a good restaurant, a bar and a casino attached to it. You can also withdraw money here, in safe surroundings. The cheapest rooms cost $100 a night (2003). The restaurant is actually not too expensive, and it has a colonial feel to it. The bar often has live entertainment, either a band or a pianist, and is not a bad choice for a couple of drinks. Not many locals here!
Great hotel. Friendly staff. Great breakfast. Delightful place to stay in Bishkek.
Twin rooms are huge. Ask for one with a balcony.
The swimming pool was still under construction but I am sure it would be ready by summer of 2006.
It's $3 a night and you didn't hear about it from me. Consult your local guidebook for more information. It's a darn fine spot. Taxi drivers won't have any idea where it is, so just take the bus using instructions in the guidebook.
I had a great stay at the south guest house on my second time through Bishkek. While it is a fair way from the city centre, the trolley bus is quick and cheap, or you could walk if you're up to it.
It is located in a fairly normal soviet-style apartment building. There's tons of hot water and a balcony.
A young guy named Nanchan runs the place and while you might find him a bit odd at first, imagine if you had to stay home all the time because you had all these damn tourists in your house all the time!
When I stayed there it cost $3 per night for a bed.
Great place to meet other travellers and get your fill of international cable TV.
The best way for me to travel is to make friends and to stay with local people. I am member of Servas so there is a way to make contacts all over the world, learn more about local things, culture, langugage and everything from a non-touristic view.
In Kirgistan young people need to have international contacts to learn foreign languages like english, german ... so they are very friendly if you talk to them on the street
I lived in an apartement for 2 weeks in the center, got the key and had a lot of fun.
The service is very friendly, using russian language is a great help, but also most of the employees understand and sometimes speak english.
Accomodation is very clean, other travellers sometimes stay in this hostel for a long time,waiting for visa or learning russian at a language school.
No problem for early arriving or leaving at 2am the service is good day and night.
They call a taxi to the airport october 2013 , it cost 500 som
From the main road all type of transports to reach downtown, the trolley is the cheapest and very confortable.
This hostel is situated in a quiet neighborhood, closeby a supermarket, walking distance to Vefa a big
shopping center with many international food restaurant on the top floor.
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