This hotel is no longer run by Sheraton, and the five stars on the sign outside may be overstating it a bit - it's no more than 4 star standard.
However, I found it very comfortable. Owing to the travel arrangements of my Turkmenistan tour, I ended up experiencing 3 different rooms, which were all fairly consistent in standard. One thing I read in reviews before I came was that the beds were too hard. Now I like hard beds, as soft ones give me back and neck problems (on one notable occasion in Wales I ended up sleeping on the floor), so, whilst the beds were definitely on the hard side, I had no problems with this. Rooms had adequate storage space, flat screen TV (which could get CNN and BBC World as well as local and Russian channels), good bathroom, with bath as well as shower, and hairdryer.
Unique Quality: Facilities include a restaurant, bar, casino, hair salon, gift shop and (naturally) carpet shop. There is also a pool, but this was not in use when I visited in December.
The restaurant serves international and local cuisine, and the prices are reasonable (dinner for two under $30).
The Grand Turkmen Hotel (no longer run by Sheraton) is one of the most popular places to stay in Ashgabat. There are 5 stars proudly emblazoned on the hotel sign, but it's probably fair to say that there are a couple more of those than would be found elsewhere...
Unique Quality: Probably the 2nd or 3rd best hotel in the city. One of the best locations in Ashgabat, right opposite is the Russian Bazaar, and also the British Pub/Florida nightclub. The hotel pool is also one of the most popular in the city, and open to public.
Directions: Opposite the "Russki Bazaar"
This hotel was the first international level constructed building.It was builded by Turkish companies and was also managed by Turks .after they decide to sell to Sheraton.
The location of the hotel is ideal
Where to start...
Considering just how far from everything familiar you are, it's a lovely place. The rooms are up to western standards on the whole, except for the showers which would run a little and then to a trickle, back and forth. (I learned to seize the opportunities of water running to lather up and rinse.)
The lobby is nice, the casino is there for those so inclined, and the restaurant does a nice job with breakfast, custom cooking omelets to order. There is a pool. It is across the street from a facinating bazaar right downtown where you can see a butcher dissecting a mammal of some sort, the best free show in Ashgabat.
Unique Quality: I can't be sure, but I am almost positive I was under surveillance while I stayed there. It is, after all, a police state. When you talk to someone in a building, you get the party line. When you talk in a car, more party line. When you develop a relationship with someone and you talk with them between the car and the building, you get the truth.
If you look closely into the mirrors of both the bedroom and the bathroom, you can see what appears to be a camera lens. Some female visitors put a sheet over both, but as a guy, hey, it's a free show. If they want to see my gut and whatever else I have, I kinda got used to it. I suppose you could call this a unique quality
This place is apparently 'the' place to stay in Ashgabat for businessmen in the country to take advantage of the massive natural gas opportunities.
For the rest of us (!), Internet access is available at the hotel for the equivalent of a wopping $5 per hour. Be careful not to go over even a second as they will try to bump the charge for an additional half hour.
Despite being dressed rather well (well enough that I could have been someone looking for a room when I arrived), the tone and attitude of the staff was horrible. I suppose if it's the best hotel in town by far they can charge people on expense accounts a fortune and not worry about the service!
The five-star Sheraton Grand Turkmen Hotel
Single - 175$
Double - 250$
Deluxe - 300$
President's - 400$
Visa and American Express are accepted.
Unique Quality: The five-star Sheraton Grand Turkmen Hotel with two restaurants, bar, casino, health club, swimming pool and tennis court (6 floors, 120 rooms), built in 1995, is located in the city centre close to the administrative and shopping districts. The hotel is a part of the Sheraton Hotels Group. 'Turkmenbashi' airport - 15 minutes. Railway station- 5 minutes.
Directions: The location of 'Sheraton Grand Turkmen' is exclusively comfortable. There are City's Administration (Hyakimlik), Central Bank of Turkmenistan, Parliament of Country (Mejlis), Cabinet of Ministers, mi
Atabaeva Street, 18B, Ashgabat
Archabil Shayoly str. 54, Ashgabat
Gorogly Street No. 7, Ashgabat
Magtumguly Avenue No. 141/1, Ashgabat
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Address: Gorogly Street No. 7, Ashgabat, 744000, Turkmenistan