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Otrar

Gogolya St., 73 | corner of Kunaeva St., Almaty 50004, Kazakhstan
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Ranked #25 of 65 Hotels in Almaty
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Te Awamutu
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The best thing about this hotel is the location just across the road from Panfilov Park. That's not to say that there is anything wrong with the hotel, my room was small but functional and more importantly clean. WiFi access was very good and I found the staff helpful. The breakfast was very good, albeit with some interesting foods available.... More 

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Jaipur, India
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel is extremely well located, being close to Panfilov Park and to restaurants, which are all within comfortable walking distance. It has excellent Internet, Good size rooms and an adequate breakfast. staff are very helpful.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The hotel is well-located near cafes and restaurants, shopping centres, and the interesting Panfilov park. Taxi drivers will find it easily and you can step outside and stop a private taxi immediately.The rooms are small but clean, beds comfy, bathroom OK, good Wifi, BBC news on TV, free hot and cold water, breakfast is plentiful and tasty, though limited in... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Booked here after a trek in the mountains East of Almaty, The beds seemed supremely comfortable after time camping in the mountains and we slept well. It's in a good spot if you are working your way around out as well. Staff were helpful and the place is not cheap but that is Kazakhstan. It;s worth staying one night just... More 

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

The Otrar is well located, being just across the road from Panfilov Park and a relatively short walk from most of the attractions of the city. The reception area is very Soviet in style, with dated sofas and plenty of marble. Rooms have been renovated a while ago and everything worked - it was a joy to be able to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

It all depends on your point of view. If you want a Western style hotel with staff who are polite, speak English, understand the concept of customer service and try and make you welcome - then perhaps the Otrar is not for you. On the other hand if you want a taste of old Soviet Union style command economics, where... More 

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Lautrec, France
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191 reviews 191 reviews
58 hotel reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

Stayed here for a couple of nights, Rooms a bit tired looking but fully functioning and relatively clean. Bathrooms were fine better than expected. Did not spend a lot of time in the hotel as it is close to Zenkov's Cathedral as yje park is just across the road. It is also only a couple of blocak from the "Green... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

I have never thought that I would land in Kazakhstan before. But since I have a purpose to go there, I decided to go and see the country. Based on an advice from a friend I booked Otrar Hotel in Almaty which is near by to the place of her sister's house. The hotel location is superb. Near to the... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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240 reviews 240 reviews
54 hotel reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

When your travel planner suggests that you should stay in a Soviet Style Hotel (in any of the Stans) run away and find a new travel planner. Nothing associated with the word Soviet had or has style. This dump, puts on a good front on the main floor, but what awaits you in the rooms is discomfort dulled by poor... More 

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Greifensee
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

The hotel is (still) an old Soviet Union hotel in the true sense of the word: overpriced, small rooms still using run-down original Soviet furniture. Well, some things die very slowly. Anyhow: to be fair, there are also some good things: I found the breakfast buffet not so bad, most members of the staff were friendly and helpful, and the... More 

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