The place really tells you the recent history of Kazakstan well! Massive building, grandeur lobby, but already lifts and corridors remeber the soviet times. I had to change the room (apartment paid by my hosts) because the first one had the safe which deprogramed itself and started making loud noises:). The second one (12th florr) was much better. It missed the propaganda book entitled "Dynamic Kazachstan' :) Obviously meant for more sceptical tourists...It does function like a regular brothel as it is part of its history. "Commandirovka" in Soviet era had a double meaning: "being delegated to do business" and delegated to another women. Disgusting but if you are not interested the staff will not bother you. Most of service (reception, security, waiters, waitresses seem to be under twenty and only few speak some English. Breakfasts are like massive dinners with 2 kinds of soups, salads, meats but even as a fruitarian I was very happy for 10 days which I cannot say about dinners there (meat, meat, sometimes fish no fresh vegetables).
The best thing there is in this wierd place is Thai Spa on the 7th floor. I had to make sure it is not part of the erotic relaxation business. I called them first and talked in Russian. I got the most professional massage in this part of the world. About 50 euro for an hour of really healthy action on your whole body! I guess the reception will help you if you only speak English.
- 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