I spent four nights at the Saltanat: three before and one after my expedition in Tian Shan. Both stays were very pleasant.
The hotel is located about a 20-minute walk away from the center of Almaty. It is well connected to the center by public transport, standing just off a busy street on a large, secure property away from the noise of the traffic. There's a nice coffee shop 5 minutes' walk away from the hotel, and a small mall is about 15 minutes away on foot.
The Saltanat is bight and modern, yet cosy and comfortable. The rooms are immaculately clean, rather spacious, with fast wifi connection, a printer, tea/coffee making facilities, a large TV, safe box, etc. The views are nothing much, but the peace and quiet are truly welcome after a day out.
The breakfast is good and varied, served in a lovely restaurant with inside and outside seating.
The check-in/out were fast and easy both times I arrived and departed, and the staff were always helpful and accommodating, with a very good command of English.
Overall, Saltanat is a safe, solid choice in the rather over-priced (at least, as far as accommodation is concerned) Almaty. The hotel provides a most comfortable environment in which to rest, with good beds, service and facilities. The only minor downside for some could be the location away from the center - no problem at all given the ease of access to public transport, abundance of taxis and the fact that Almaty, with its green, wide streets, is actually a pleasant scene for a long(ish) walk. Having visited a coupe of other hotels, where my expedition team mates were staying, I would certainly recommend the Saltanat to anyone traveling to Almaty - for business or pleasure.
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- Located in the historical heart of Almaty Worldhotel Saltanat opens its doors after complete renovation and offers state-of-the-art and tastefully furnished rooms and suites, the finest culinary delights and modern meeting facilities. Worldhotel Saltanat is the ideal place to work and relax, offering its guests excellent service and exclusive comfort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Saltanat Residence Almaty