Recently stayed for 2 x 2 nights on a business trip. My first impressions were not too crash hot, but by the end of the week I had warmed to the location.
Breakfast is also included in the rate of the room - 20,000T (approx. $135 AU) - a buffet selection of eggs, sausages, pastries, cold meats, fruit and yoghurt.
Quick and free Wi-Fi was available, and after I got my bearings I found that the hotel was conveniently located for a walk to the Koktobe (Green Hill) cable car and if you headed straight down Dostyke Avenue & through Paniflov Park you would end up in the central shopping district (approx. 10 minute walk). There is a supermarket just a couple of minutes down the street. The Noodles bar and the Guns & Roses Pub-Grille are located in the hotel complex. However, for a traditional Kazakh meal it is a taxi ride. Suggest you organise this through the reception. A licensed taxi will cost approx. 1000T ($7 AU), while a street taxi will charge over 1600T ($11 AU) and they don't carry change.
The staff are generally quite helpful, but their spoken English is limited. I'll admit Kazakhs' seem to understand English better than most can understand Kazakh/ Russian. If you have a late flight you are welcome to check out and leave your luggage in a locked and guarded room while you catch up on some sight-seeing/ business.... But don't forget to tip! Actually they probably will ask for one anyway! :)
- Also Known As:
- Kazakhstan Hotel Almaty
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The four-star 26-storey hotel "Kazakhstan" is located in a picturesque location of Almaty. From the windows of the hotel magnificent view of snow-capped peaks of Trans-Ili Alatau is opening. Ecologically clean area, where the hotel is located, the heart of business and administrative center of Almaty is connected by transportation routes to any point of the city. In five-minute walk from the hotel are office buildings, schools, banks, restaurants, museums, parks, theaters and monuments. ... more less
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