Esteghlal Grand Hotel

Crossroads of Valie-Asr Ave. and Chamran Expressway, Tehran, Iran

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  • Families20
  • Couples28
  • Solo50
  • Business38
  • askhokhar's Profile Photo

    My mixed thoughts on this hotel


    I stayed in this hotel from 15-18 July, 2012

    First of all, it was not at all my decision to stay in this hotel. Our "hosts" booked our rooms. From outside, the hotel looked fairly grand and that includes the lobby area.

    The Front Desk took my passport and kept it till the end.

    I got a single room in the West Tower, being the older accommodation. Single room was priced at 2,120,000 Riyals. According to the hotel exchange rate, it was calculated as US$ 175. My advice, dont pay them in dollars. Go to a money changer where you can get better exchange rate. In this case, the hotel exchange rate was 12100 Riyals to 1 dollar. I changed my money and got the rate of 18800 Riyals to a dollar. So you can see the benefit of paying in Iranian currency.

    My room was on the 8th floor. I got a view of an under construction building, but I am sure other rooms must have a different view.

    The carpet appeared very old and it showed decades of neglect. A mid-sized refrigerator (not mini bar) was there with three 500 ml bottles of water. Every day they add three bottles regardless of whether you finished the previous ones or not.

    The hotel claims free wifi, however, in actual terms, it turned out to be 100 mb/day download traffic. You go any longer and it costs US $ 2 per hour. For getting the wifi password and login, you need to physically go down to the basement where a rude network administrator awaits you. He gives you a printed slip of paper with information on how to login. I am an advanced computer user and I could not use the internet on my Samsung Galaxy S-III. Even the network administrator could not configure my phone for internet use. My advice is not to use internet in Iran at all. Next day, I went to office of my hosts, and I could not login in to any of my gmail, hotmail and yahoo email accounts. I asked and I was told that these foreign sites were forbidden!!!

    When I first entered my room, the bathroom had two large and two small towels. Over the three days, three of the four towels disappeared. On my last day in the hotel, I called the housekeeping and asked about the disappearance of three towels. one of the towels reappeared and I had the full apprehension that the hotel would charge me for that. I insisted to housekeeping for replacing all the towels and I got the reply in broken English that I did not NEED more than one towel!!!

    The hotel staff do not have any respect for privacy. I was in the shower, when I heard persistent knocking on the door. When the knocking did not stop, I wrapped a towel around my body and opened the door. A female staff member came in without asking for permission. I asked her what she was doing and she said that it was routine checking ....

    Another time, I put a Do Not Disturb sign on the door handle and went for early breakfast. I returned and found the DND sign hanging inside the door and everything in my room had been touched including my two expensive phones.
    I had no idea how many millions I would have to pay for the three water bottles in my room, so on the second day, I checked with the front desk staff for my final liability on check out. I had checked in at the hotel on 15th July 2012 at around 11.45 pm and I was supposed to check out at 4 am on 18th July, 2012. I was horrified to see that they counted it as a four nights stay. I protested but re-calculation by three other staff members kept the day count at 4 nights!!! I went to see the Manager on duty, and he insisted that it was hotel policy!!!
    I found a television lookalike decoration piece in my room. There was only one channel in English and that was Iranian PressTV.
    The “5-Star” hotel does not provide newspaper.

    Horrified at the rates of hotel dining, I did not dare to order anything in my room.
    Breakfast in the dining hall starts at 6 am. Variety of food items was fairly limited. If you want eggs, then you need to go to chef’s place and keep your fingers crossed and wait for the chef to appear. On two days, I had to wait not less than ten minutes before the chef appeared and reluctantly prepared eggs .. of course, the end result was not what I asked him to prepare.

    Not related to the hotel, but my “hosts” declined to pay for my stay. This situation led to almost embarrassment. Credit cards are not accepted anywhere in Iran (except some carpet dealers who process the credit card payment in Dubai)

    My final advice, try to look elsewhere for better value for your money

    Unique Quality: I dont find any unique qualities in this hotel from the paleolithic period.

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo

    It was once the Tehran Hilton


    Located on the upper side of Tehran, where the mountains are nearer and the pollution is noticeably less, the Esteghlal offers just what you would expect of a standard 4-5 star hotels. There are two wings, the West is the older section and rooms are a little cheaper. The rooms are big and comfortable, if a little gloomy though they are currently being redecorated. The East Wing, being newer, is fresher but the rooms are smaller. The staff are efficient and helpful, the lobby coffeeshop has been considerably enlarged recently as has the shopping arcade. There are several restaurants, serving both Iranian and European food, and there is an indoor pool and a tennis court.

    Unique Quality: The view of the city and the mountains is very fine, and there is a pleasant garden surrounding the hotel. There is good shopping nearby on Valiasr. There's a very nice curio and antique shop in the hotel if you are looking for something special. If you need a small gift for someone local, there's a good florist in the hotel and or you can easily walk to Tavazo, the best nut shop in Tehran.

  • woef's Profile Photo

    Hotel Esteghlal



    east tower is new.(=bath)
    west tower is old.(=shower)

    rooms are both okay.


    Unique Quality: pool
    internet (Brand new! Before it was a smal room with 2 terminals, now it 's a real business centre. )

    Directions: North - tehran

More about Esteghlal Grand Hotel

Resturant Address

by omidamini

I. Agh Banu, Vali Asr Ave, Opposite Mellat Park
2. Ajdaha-e Tala'ei (Chinese), Vali Asr Ave, Opposite Esteghlal Hotel
(former Hilton)
3. Ali Qapu, Gandhi Street
4. Ardalan, Vali Asr Ave, Ma ah Alley 64
5. Arvand Kenar, Vali-Asr Ave, Opposite Sa'ei Park
6. Arvand Rud, South Sohravardi Street
7. Ashpaz Bashi, Mir Damad Ave, Naft Street
8 Ashyaneh, Passdaran Ave, Zarrabkhaneh
9. Bita, Vali Asr Ave, Pessian Crossroads
10 Borj, Vali Asr Av
11. Chinese, Abdoh Alley, Vali Asr Ave
12. Ehsan, Mir Damad Ave
13 Fanus (kababi), No 85, Mulla Sadra Ave, South Shiraz Street
14. Felfel-e Sabz, Vanak Square, Vanak Shopping Center
15 Ferdows, Vali Asr Residential Complex, Bagh-e Ferdows
16.Gol Shahr, Africa Highway, Nahid Blvd
17. Golshan, Passdaran Ave
18 Hani,Vali Asr Ave, corner of Motahari Street
19 Hatef, Motahari Ave, Amir Atabak Street
20. Kandu, Vali Asr- TaleghIntersection
21. Kasra (chelo kabab and chicken kabab), Niavaran Street, Kashanak
22 KhDadash, Fatemi Ave, Kaj Street
23 Khaneh Kabab, Passdaran Ave, Now BonyadSquare
24. Khansalar, Argentine Square
25. Khoshnud, No 1420, Vali Asr Ave-Shahid Chamran Highway Intersection,
Opposite Qodss Department Store
26. Kolbeh, lafar Street, comer of N aft Street
27. Kuchini, Keshavarz Blvd, South Felestin Street
28. Kuhsar-c Darband, Darband, Sar-e Band Squarc
29. Lak Lak, No 1739, Dr Shari'ati Ave, north of Pol-e Rumi
30. Lotus (pizza and hamburger), Shahrak-c Qodss, Golestan Shopping Center 31. Lux-e Irani, Tajrish Squarc
32 Lux-e Tala'ei, Vali Asr Ave, Homayun Station
33. Mellat, Vali Asr Ave, Opposite Mellat Park
34. Mikhak-e Tala'ei, Vali Asr Ave, Rahban Alley
35. Mir Damad, Mir Damad Ave, Opposite Asia Supcrmarket
36. Morvarid, Vali Asr- Taleghani Intersection
37. Nakhl, No 128, North Felestin Street
38. Nayeb (the first and oldest chelo kababi in Iran), with the following
three branches: Aban Branch, No 9, Karim Khan-e land Ave, South
Aban Strcet 8899143,894643 2. Sa'adat Abad Branch, Sa'dat Abad Ave, Kaj
Square, Abrisham Shopping Center 2078463, 2063652. 3. Vali Asr Branch,
Vali Asr Ave, south ofSa'ei Park 8715029, 8713474.
39. Negah, No 95, Mir Damad Ave
40 Niavaran, No 180, Shahid Dr Bahunar Street (Niavaran)
. Papa, Darband Street
42. Papa, Vali Asr Ave, Fereshteh Street
43. Part, Tajrish Square, Eram Street
44. Pizza Chubiz (pizza), Dr
Shari'ati Ave,
Pol-e Rumi, Rezaeih Station
45. Qassr-e , Mir Damad Ave
46. Raftari, No 826, Vahdat-eEslami Squarc
47. Ray hun, Africa Highway
48.Royal Vanak, Van!lk Street, end of Shiraz Strect
49. Sa'ei, Vali-Asr Ave, Oppositc Sa'ci Park
50. Shabha-ye Shiraz, Dr Shari'ati Avc, Elahieh Alley
51. Shab Sara, North Sohravardi Street, Palizi Square
52. Shater Abbas, Vali Asr-Shahid Chamran Intersection
53. Surena, Vali Asr Ave, Tajrish
54. Tapu, North Felcstin Street
55. Ti$ara, No 26, Motahari Ave
56. Yass, Niavaran, Aqdassieh
57. Za'faranieh, Vali Asr Ave, Za'faranieh


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Forum Posts

Recommend a Hotel in Tehran

by FairTraveller


We will be in Tehran between May 24-28 for an industry fair.
Can you please recommend a hotel (preferably 3-star) NEAR International Exhibition Area? Is it close to Airport also?


Re: Recommend a Hotel in Tehran

by Behi

"International Exhibition Area? Is it close to Airport also?"

I just know Esteghlal Hotel 5* at neighbor of Exhibition Area

Re: Recommend a Hotel in Tehran

by amiriniran

you are not iranian, right?
anyway, there is NO 3-star hotel near where international exhibitions (Namayeshgahe Beynolmelali) are held. that is for sure. i guarantee you! In fact, the closet hotel to the area in question is Esteghlal Hotel, which is perhaps the most expensive ($150 per night per single room?) hotel in Tehran.

ok. this could be one solution to your problem. there are some nice 3-star hotels (not cheap though) on Taleghani Ave. there is subway station right there there you may take a train all the way to Shahid Haghani Station on the red line. Get out of the station and take the Tajrish bus at the bus depot outside. get off at 'Parkway Bus Stop, where you then can take a taxi to where exhibitions are held. or..... ask your hotel manager for the closest route and easiest direction to 'Namayeshgah'. good luck.amir

Re: Recommend a Hotel in Tehran

by sarahshm

As Behnam said, airport and International Exhibition arent close AT ALL.

I know these hotels near International Exhibition :
1.Azadi grand Hotel
Tel: 021-22073021

2.Evin Hotel
Tel : 021-22078606


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Address: Crossroads of Valie-Asr Ave. and Chamran Expressway, Tehran, Iran