- Reviews: 136
lake Issyk-Kul: Aurora Sanatoria - Resort Hotel
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!
- Reviews: 23
Golden Dragon: Golden Dragon
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.
- Reviews: 1417
Hotel Cemetei: Expensive and Old Russian Style
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.
- Reviews: 702
Ak Keme: Great views
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.
- Reviews: 2
Hands down, the Hyatt Regency...
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.
- Reviews: 7
www.servas.org: Private Hosting
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.
- Reviews: 25
Golden Dragon Hotel
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.
- Reviews: 25
Hyatt: Accommodation in Bishkek.
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!
- Reviews: 195
Casa del Namchan: Can't Say a Word
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.
- Reviews: 69
South Guest House: Cheapest Accomodation in Bishkek
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.
- Reviews: 1250
Interhouse city hostel: Interhouse city hostel
The Interhouse city hostel is in a very central location just several blocks from the main ala too square.
It's well run, friendly and very clean.
They have a common room too.
It's $15 for a dorm bed and includes egg and sausage breakfast.
It feels like a proper hostel not a concerted apartment like many in this part of the world
- Reviews: 1
Vostok 5: Your best bet...
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.
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