I have stayed here on 3 separate occasions (on somebody else's account), but would never do so on my own.
I believe this is one of the last remnants of the old Soviet Intourist hotel chain. From the outside, the building is impressive -- tall and modern in design. The lobby is huge and rather luxurious, with a restaurant and dining area looking down on it from the balcony above. And, there are plenty of elevators.
But don't be fooled: while the rooms have great views of the city and surrounding mountains and the room sizes are reasonable (I stayed in three different ones), everything else is seriously sub-par. The shower curtains are too short, so water splashes on the floor. The cold water pressure is so low that you have a choice of being scalded or drizzled upon. The toilet paper and soap holders fall off their mountings.
Some of the room lights don't work. Those that do don't provide much illumination. The WIFI (free) is dodgy at the best of times. The television is small and the channel selection minimal.
At this stage, even the renovated rooms need a complete make-over. What a pity: the hotel's physical structure and very central location could make it a winner, but it's in such poor repair that it's a big loser -- one to be avoided, if possible. I wouldn't call my stays here horrible, but they come close to that.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Kazakhstan Hotel Almaty