- Reviews: 3982
ORIENT STAR: THE BEST ACCOMMODATION IN KHIVA
The reason I say this is the best accommodation in Khiva is because of its value for money and location. Throw in the historical fact that it’s actually the 19th-century Mohammed Amin Khan Medressa and you have a ‘must stay’ location. It’s just inside the walls from the West Gate, where all transport arrives outside the walls of Khiva. You can get double room for less than $70 if you search Russian language websites and some of the ‘rooms’ are really apartments. My room and the room next door had a long hallway, reasonable and modern bathroom, middle room with desk and massive closet and a full size bedroom. I also had a massive double or even triple length balcony overlooking the ancient city. Magnificent. I was able to dry clothes on the balcony in less than an hour. Inside I had great air-conditioning and a good sized refrigerator and freezer to keep drinks cold. Once I settled I found that the city was all on my doorstep. (I stayed in room 235).
The interiors were nice and moistly stone. In fact the modern bathroom had a full stone floor and now I am thinking I would like one in my own house. The shower had plenty of hot water and pressure. The bath was quite good for a soak and for washing clothes. The toiletries were average, but who cares? The ‘room’ was awesome.
The Kuk Minor Minaret is right at the front entrance. This is arguably the most beautiful Minaret in Uzbekistan. Even the breakfast room was historical and magnificent. It’s in a massive arched room in another building and had a very good breakfast buffet. Everything was great. The only sort of drawbacks were the firm beds – not too bad, but firm and the low ceilings in the stairs. In fact the stairs are death defying sheer vertical tubes where you must hold onto the guard rails for dear life. Luggage needs to be taken up the stairs one at a time. Yep – it’s historical! The best rooms with the balconies are upstairs, but it’s worth the hassle of the stairs.
Make sure you ask for a room with a balcony overlooking the front entrance. This is the best set of rooms in the city. Also look for Russian language or Uzbek websites to book and save as much as 25% on the price. I used an Uzbek site, but have linked a Russian language website below. The hotel does not have its own website.
• Set inside the historic Mohammed Amin Khan Medressa, inside the walls
• 40 rooms (double and singles)
• Fantastic location for sightseeing and transport
• Apartment sized rooms with massive balconies
• Internet Access
• Restaurant, open-air cafe, bar and outside car parking (breakfast included)
• Air conditioning, large fridge
• Satellite television, Phone, Hairdryer
• Desk, large closets, balconies (by request)
- Reviews: 85
Hotel Orient Star: Central location - stunning
Had a couple of nights in the Orient Star in 2013. The hotel is an old medresah and it lovely. The rooms are where the students rooms would have been, but a little more comfortable now. Lovely courtyard gardens to relax in and enjoy the peace and quiet. You really can't get much more of a central location and I'd really recommend this hotel if you ever get to lovely Khiva.
Very central and is attached to the famous Kalta Minor Mineret.
- Reviews: 148
Privatre Hotel: Islambek
I arrived early mrning and left late at night. As I had t stay in the city for whole day I decided to rent a room. And in my opinion this was a right choice considering the mere USD 10 that was the price of the room...
Close to the old city though not inside (there were other hotels that I noticed inside however I never asked the price)
- Reviews: 710
Hotel Malika: Great location
The Malika is part of a small chain of hotels. The accommodation is relatively simple (though rooms have air-con, private facilities, hairdryer etc.)
There is also a restaurant where breakfast is served (a reasonable selection of buffet items, including very nice doughnuts!), and a gift shop.
We booked as part of a larger tour, so I am not sure about the price.
The best thing about this hotel is its location, right opposite the west gate of the old city. If you are awake at the right time, you can watch the sunrise over the city walls.
- Reviews: 3632
Hotel Khiva Madrassah: Inside the city walls
Somewhat controversially, the Mohammed Amin Khan Madrassah, just inside the west gate of the old city, has been converted during its restoration into a hotel, and this is where we stayed.
The controversy concerns whether this use of an ancient Madrassah as a hotel is appropriate. UNESCO say no, and that it should be restored to its original purity, but to be honest I can’t see that this would happen. Everywhere you go in Uzbekistan the madrassahs are in use for different purposes – museums, bazaars etc. Only a very few are still used as religious seminaries, their original role. For me, this use is no less appropriate than others, and maybe closer to the spirit of the original than some others. After all, these “hajiras”, or cells, were designed to be slept in, and the restoration hasn’t resulted in major re-design or destruction of character.
We were here with a group, but I found on a website that prices should be around $30 for a single room and $60 for a double. If this is true it is very expensive for Uzbekistan, but I suspect that this is a web-booking price and you could pay much less by contacting the hotel directly or simply turning up and bargaining. This same website also says that the rooms have air-conditioning and cable TV but we saw no signs of either – nor would we have wanted them as they would destroy the atmosphere that is the main attraction of a stay here. So although I’ve included the web-link below you should perhaps not trust its information too much ;)
As for our stay here, there are plusses and minuses to this hotel. One obvious plus is the location, just inside the old city walls. There is a stunning entrance gate which, coupled with the adjoining Kalta Minor (see things to do tip), makes this a dramatic and a romantic pace to stay. The thick walls of the cells mean they stay relatively cool in the baking heat of summer, without the need for air-conditioning. The downsides though are an erratic water supply: we could get almost nothing from our hot tap, though others in our group did better – this however is a downside I can live with in temperatures of almost 50 degrees! More of a concern for me was that the beds felt damp, possibly a natural side-effect of those same thick walls, or possibly simply due to poor airing after laundering.
- Reviews: 109
Arkanchi **: Central situated hotel
Stayed here for two nights in a tripple room.
Breakfast is served at the table: bread, kefir, eggs, pancakes, tea coffee, juice etc.
Not all rooms have an airco. The beds are short and have a board at the head and end so uncomfortable for long people. I'm 178 cm and for me it was to small.
Toilet is in the bathroom, that has only a shower gutter is in the middle so the floor gets wet.
Rooms are big some are like a ballroom. You are not allowed to flush your toilet paper.
People are nice and helpful, tea and coffee are included. You can change money, but the rate is not that good.
Lounge is a garden, good place to meet the other guests.
Internet café via modem.
It is situated within the old walls of the city so you are close to all the sites. You can access the roof of the hotel, ideal to take pictures at the end of the day when the light is soft.
- Reviews: 2572
Hotel Malika Heivak (formerly Hotel Lola): Couldn't be more central
The Malika Heivak - or, as it was named when we were there in 2005, Hotel Lola, would never win a prize for the beauty or sensitivity of its blocky building right in the very heart of the old city of Khiva. Any planning committee that might exist here must have all been out to lunch when this one got the go ahead. However, its great location -a minute's walk from Khiva's main street - and friendly welcome more than compensate for anything it lacks in style. A complete refurbishment in 2006 has gone a long way to increase the comfort and amenities the hotel has to offer.
In 2005 I wrote"Like most of the other hotels we came across in Uzbekistan, beds were short (six-footers will find them too short) and pillows hard, but after a very early start with a flight from Tashkent, followed by a long, hot day of sightseeing - we'd have slept on anything."
Update - 2009 - Well, that last statement's a thing of the past! Returning to the Lola/Malika Heivat in its refurbished state, the very best thing we found we new beds - lovely, long wide ones with well-sprung mattresses and good pillows to complete the comfort. Wonderful!
The hotel has been enlarged and upgraded, all the rooms with new bathrooms, a large foyer added and a lovely shady chaikhana built outside - additions that really add to the hotel's amenities.
Big, well furnished rooms with modern bathrooms and air-conditioning open off large landings and passage ways. A generous breakfast buffet has replaced the cooked-to-order breakfasts of our first visit. The staff were as helpful and as pleasant as we had found them on our first visit. Then a delicious dinner had been cooked and served for us on the upstairs balcony - a table laden with Uzbek dishes, cold Russian beer and a full moon ordered up especially for us, I'm sure. More rooms now occupy that space and the dinner we ate at the hotel on our first nihht this time was served to us in the hotel dining room, not as atmospheric but still a good meal.
It still isn't going to win any prizes for architectural merit, but the Malika's location and general air of being well-run, plus a few extras such as free wi-fi throughout the hotel made our return there every bit as satisfactory as our first visit.
- Reviews: 907
Arkanchi B & B: Good full board accommodation within the old walls
Most visitors of Khiva stay in hotels in Urgench which is about 35 km away. But I could not find out any good reason why I should stay in Urgench. Arkanchi B & B is conveniently situated within the old walls and was a reasonable value for money when I was there.
The most valuable advantage is the fact that you get there all meals - it is quite impossible to find anything to eat elsewhere in Khiva and Arkanchi has good and filling meals incluced in the rate. As a nice extra my host also organized a driver who broght me to Urgench airport and I had not to pay extra for it.
- Reviews: 75
Hotel Khiva (Medersa Mohammed Rakhim Khan): A wonderful medersa turned into a luxurious hotel
An old Medersa converted into a luxurious hotel by the local authorities... Stange you think??? Unusual certainly. You will feel like a student in the old days when each had their cell and would study hours on the coran...
The Medersa has been wonderfully restored, and is very peaceful. It's mosaics are stunning, you would almost forget you're in a hotel
The inner court is splendid.
The hotel has also a currency changing office.
You can bargain the price of the rooms, but it's a bit difficult to get a good price.
- Reviews: 75
Meros Traditionnal Guesthouse: Newly renovated guesthouse right on the Ark
This guesthouse will give you a unique chance of sharing an Uzbek's familly daily life. they offer some newly built rooms, with private bathroom, AC and a private iwan (Uzbek traditionnal balcony/terrace) (for 15USD including breakfast. The older room without private iwan are 10USD with breakfast).
Satelite TV for those who desperately needs it!!!
Some of the rooms has a direct view on the Ark and the walls of the city.
The commun room is perfect to mix with the familly and learn their everyday life.
- Reviews: 75
Zafarbek B&B: Nice B&B in the oldcity
The owners of this charming B&B will make you feel reeal cozy. The rooms are impecable, modern-styles, with AC and private bathrooms.
They actually have three houses, one with the rooms a bit darker since not giving on an inner courtyard, and two very recent ones. I stayed in one of the recent ones.
I paid 10USD for the room with breakfast in july 2004.
Breakfast is huge, and if you wish to have lunch or dinner, just tell them ahead and they'll cook you something nice.
The owner can also arrange for a car to drive you to the desert citadels, for an OK price
- Reviews: 1149
House nr 52: Very good homestay
Rest of the comment on homestays.
Because it's forbidden you should nver say the police, when being controlled, that you stay there. Just tell them you're on a day trip...
In the homestay you can eat with the local people (plov, shasliqs...) for a decent price
We had a very large room and a private bathroom outside the room.
We paid 7,5 US $ per person per night
- Reviews: 1149
House nr 52: Very good homestay
In Khiva you have expensive hotels, some guesthouses and homestays, in descending price order.
In a homestay you stay with the local people.
When you arrive with your backpacks, the place to go is the Islam Huja Mosque. There, old women take you by the hand and guide you to some place that's free
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