We arrived in Esfahan to find our choice of accommodation, the Hash Behesht full, so after securing a room there for the next day, we went to a hotel just around the corner.
More of a business hotel, our room was plain, small, ad cost IR60000 (in 2011). The rate included breakfast.
Sadly our sleep was interrupted by the whooping of a car alarm in the wee small hours. The car alarm did stop for morning prayers, but restarted afterward, and was still wailing after we checked out at 9am!
The most striking feature of the hotel is it's hilariously over the top decoration in the subterranean restaurant/breakfast room. Glittering ceiling, over the top arches and pillars and mirror tiles. Bizarre
Breakfast was quite acceptable.
I stayed at Amir Kabir Hotel in Esfahan. The place is clean with a small garden in the middle. I paid IR200 000 (Nov 2008) per nite for 3 people with breakfast, but the manager gave me a room with 4 beds with a TV. Bathroom was outside the room. Breakfast was simple – barbary bread with butter and jam, hard boiled egg, juice, chai and fruit. The distance to the river is about 20 minutes walking. All the other attractions are about walking distance from the hotel.
This is a clean, basic hotel at a reasonable price. OK, it’s a little expensive by Iranian standards, but you can’t go wrong here. My room had air-conditioning, 3 beds, TV, refrigerator and it’s own bathroom. The beds were comfortable, my fridge kept drinks cold and the air-conditioning was fantastic. The bathroom was basic with the ubiquitous Iranian Toilet. It had plenty of hot water, but with no shower curtain the water went everywhere. They do supply flip flops. But take care after the water goes everywhere! The desk is manned 24 hours a day and it’s in a quiet neighbourhood. They have been known to allow cheap international calls from your room. Just confirm the current rate with reception.
Their location is a healthy walk to the main square, but it’s a simple left out the door and another left in about 8 city blocks.
At the time I stayed here they charged me about $25. I am still convinced this was the price for a double even though I was by myself. I did not make reservations ahead of time.
* LARGE FRIDGE
* COMFORTABLE BEDS
Dibai House is the best place we stayed in Iran - a beautiful restored seventeenth-century historic house with all modern comforts, and in a great location - Harunie, very close to the Bazaar and Imam Square. There are only a few spacious and colourful rooms located around a patio with a large fountain - and the owner is a wonderful lady who knows how to take care of her guests. If you want to take any day or overnight trip, she will be ready to help you organize it.
Wonderful rooms with plenty of character - and perfectly clean. Not all rooms have en-suite bathrooms, but if yours doesn't have one, then there's one outside the rooms that only you will be using. There's no TV in the rooms but there's a separate TV room that you can use - with comfortable sofas and some "forbidden" channels.
Brekfast is something spectacular - with the most delicious bread ever eaten, homamade jams, eggs, cheese, cereals and fruit juices. Twin rooms cost 60 euros per night for 2 persons, triple rooms 80 euros per night for 3 persons, and single rooms, 40 euros per night. it's a bit more expensive than your average Iranian hotel, but the place is so full of charm, that it's money well-spent.
I wanted to stay in Aria hotel but found out it was closed (May 2008). With my lugguage, I could only hunt for hotel nearby, Pars hotel on Chahar Bagh Abbasi St.
I took room #301. It is single room with shared toilet. It costs IR150,000 (May 08). Double room with shared toilet is IR180,000. The room is clean with a wash basin, so I could do laundry inside my room. There is a TV with breakfast included. Breakfast includes bread, jam, butter, cheese, egg, and tea. In general good value.
Well, I had a wonderful stay at Dibai House.
It's a historic house built in the 17th century, restored and transformed in a very nice and cosy hotel. It has modern facilities and so its very comfortable.
The people at Dibai were very friendly with me. I travelled through Iran on my own so it was very nice to stay in a place where you could really feel cared for, plus they speak Spanish too! (in addition to English and French).
Very good and healthy breakfast, with home-made marmalades, freshly baked bread (from the local bakery) and fresh fruit.
Anyways, I really do recommend Dibai House for anyone travelling to one of the most beautiful cities in the world, i.e. Isfahan
Dibai House has an excellent location in Harunie, at the centre of the Old Town, so you'd be close everything you'd want to visit: Imam Square, Jame Mosque, museums, Chehel Sotun, Bazzar, etc.
The house is historic, as I mentioned above, so the building and the experience in itself is worth the stay.
Horrible service. I had a confirmed reservation but when I turned up at the hotel the concierge was just giving my room (the last available ??) away to an apparent friend of his. He was extremly unfriendly and even refused to be of any help in looking for alternate accomodation in the city. When I asked him what I shoudl do the told me in no uncertain terms that he couldn't care less.
I never expierenced this kind of behaviour elsewhere in Iran (or anywhere else in the world for that matter). This hotel is definately not to be recommended !!!
Extremly unfriendly personel.
They had single rooms only with shared bathroom. I didn't want that and asked for a double room. They offered me triple room for which I had to pay the full price 24 usd. The location is good - it is in the middle between: 1) main objetcs - mosques and palaces (still in walking distance) 2) and Jolfa.
I have heard that Aria Hotel is now closed, but I don't know if it is for good or just for resauration.
In Esfahan I stayed at Aria Hotel, which was recommended. It was a nice place, but nothing special. The room was comfortable with two beds, air-condition a fridge and a TV. In many hotels where I stayed in Iran the picture on the TV was not very clear, but at Aria the picture was good and I watched the World Cup Final between France and Italy (even though I’m not very interested in football). In the bathroom there was a bath (with shower). At a first glance the room looked very clean, but at a closer look there was for example hair in the bed (as in many hotels in Iran). As I arrived they were cleaning the room and changing sheets. But it looked like they had only changed the upper sheets in the beds (I might be wrong). Breakfast is included in the price and consists of tea and bread with jam, butter and cheese.
For the room I paid IR 135 000 a night (July 2006).
As I checked out I forgot to ask for my passport (at some hotels you don’t leave it in the reception and I forgot I had done so in Aria Hotel). And they didn’t hand it over to me. Not until I was in Kashan I realised the passport was still in Esfahan. They called Aria from the hotel in Kashan and my passport was sent with the next bus to Kashan. The journey for the passport was more expensive than mine, but it was a good service.
Close to the Amir Kabir, the family run places is a great place to chill out after sightseeing for the day. The rooms are clean and have a bathroom and TV. You can even call home for 3000 IR a minute making it one of the best places to call home. Bargain hard and they will discount.
Location and staff
Esfahan has loads of options but this one is 'the' budget backpackers place in the city and your best chance of meeting travellers and overlanders making for some good stories and up to date information. It is really cheap and the local owners are fountains of information. Good fun and great location. (PS for location look in the Lonely Planet Guide, I believe it is there but I stayed on a recommendation)
Location and price
On a busy road in walking distance to most sights. Most budget people stay here and other places around the city that are cheap don’t like foreigners and will direct you there. There are dorms for about 30,000. Rooms are a bit more; if you're alone and get stuck in a room, make sure they know you want to swtich to a dorm when it becomes available.
Some people complain about this place but in my stays there in 2002 and 2004 I never had any trouble.
Don't eat here -- it is wildly overpriced.
Cool courtyard, but it's a shame that the food is such poor value because it would be nice to enjoy breakfast in it.
Ten minute walk to Khomeini's Square and 20 minutes to the river.
We stay in Aria Hotel, a simple and cheap hotel. THE PHOTO: EMAM KHOMEINI WATCHING MUM ON HER WAY TO BREAKFAST IN THE DINING ROOM OF ARIA HOTEL.
We stayed five persons (one extra bed) in each room. We payed 14$US each, after our friends had negotiated the price.
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