Value Score Poor Value
Good For Families
The former Le Meridien
Tashkent Palace Hotel has been the Le Meridien. It is a nice 4-star-hotel in Russian style. It looks a bit old fashioned. I did not go inside, but it looked pretty. The hotel has several bars and restaurants.
Unique Quality: The health club is located on the Ground floor and offers a comprehensive gym, beauty treatments massage, solarium, a table tennis & outdoor heated swimming pool.
Number of rooms: 232 rooms (149 Deluxe, 29 Twin, 39 Superior, 5 Executive, 8 Junior, 2 Suite)
Directions: The hotel is conveniently located opposite the Navoi Theatre near the nice and quiet Independence Square.
Once run by Intourist (the very name is synonymous with Soviet-style discomfort), the Tashkent Palace was a Le Meridien, we stayed there in 2005 and it was lovely. Renovated, refurnished, restored, it was elegant but unpretentious with comfortable, big rooms, obliging and helpful staff, a great location - directly opposite the Navoi Opera House and just a short walk from the museums and many of the sights of the new city - and I was quite happy to recommend it to anyone whose budget could accommodate the $80 per double.
Le Meridien no longer run it, but pretty well everything else holds true.... the only thing that has changed really is the price tag - believe it or not, it cost us less to stay there in 2009 than it did in 2005! though I think that was special rate negatiated by our Uzbek tour company - the listed price shows an increase to $90-105.
The hotel is now under local management. Maybe it's not quite so slickly run as before, but the staff were all extremely helpful and obliging, standards of comfort and cleanliness are still high, the Opera House and Museum of Uzbek History are still just across the way. A 3.30am departure for the airport on our last day saw a light breakfast laid out for us and served with a smile as we gathered in the foyer.
My recommendation still holds.
Luxurious rest and relaxation!
I had a very pleasant stay at the Le Meridian Hotel. The staff was friendly, the rooms were clean, and the pool was a cool and relaxing retreat from the Tashkent heat. There was a full band outside that would play some great tunes as you swim or drink a beer poolside.
An interesting anecdote: There was a driver for the hotel that was wearing a "Don't Mess With TEXAS" t-shirt! I about died laughing and I said to him "oyehb xopowo!"
From the website:
Built over 55 years ago, Le Meridien Tashkent palace is the oldest hotel in Tashkent.
Recently renovated this hotel now offers state of the art facilities in a prime location in the city, opposite the Grand Opera House, adjacent to the central shopping mall and historical museum and within easy walking distance of the Government Palace.
Only 8km from Tashkent International airport, this hotel offers a wide selection of food and beverage outlets from international to local Uzbeck cuisine and a Jazz bar.
Unique Quality: Pool and jazz bar. Gift shop open 24hrs.
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