The Silk Road Hotel is, first and foremost, a meeting place for travelers. If you want to meet people cycling or motoring through Iran on their way to/from Central or South Asia, or if you simply want to meet other independent travelers and share tips on what to see and where to go, then this is the place for you. But if you want a quiet place to relax in a tranquil traditional-house-style hotel, then you should probably pick another of Yazd's many traditional hotels.
Despite the caveat, I'm giving the Silk Road Hotel 5 stars (I would actually give it 4.5 if possible). Why? Because not only is it a great place to meet other travelers, but it is extremely cheap. How cheap? Think 100,000 rials (about $3.50) for a dorm bed, including free wi-fi (yes, it probably works only in the courtyard) and a generous buffet breakfast which includes real coffee (breakfast includes nan and western bread, a toaster, fresh dates, cucumbers, tomatoes, jams and butter, and a pretty good curried potato dish... and I'm probably forgetting stuff). This is one of the best deals I encountered in Iran. And because the breakfast is so good and is all-you-can-eat, guests tend to linger and spend much time talking to each other over the long communal table. Or at least they did when I was there.
Furthermore, I found the owners and managers to be extremely honest and trustworthy (in my experience not all Iranian hoteliers are). They let me, as well as other guests, check in very early in the morning (before 5am) and go to sleep without charging extra, and there was no pressure to buy tickets or tours through them; they simply gave honest and accurate advice. Although I do think their lunch and dinner menus were over-priced, there was no pressure to eat there, and they were more than happy to let you sit in the restaurant section of the courtyard during dinner time even if you weren't eating there. This may not seem like much, but there are definitely a lot of other establishments that would have really tried to sell you things.
Note, however, that both dorm rooms are essentially in the basement, and can be a little dark (there are only one or two small windows in the upper sections of one wall, and they only oen into the courtyard). One of the dorms has 4 single beds, and is much nicer, while the other dorm has 4 bunk beds (sleeping 8) and is noisier. Both dorms can be noisy, however, as the dorm windows open onto the courtyard, and if people are awake and talking in the courtyard the noise will leak down into the dorms (especially into the larger dorm, which is located just below the more crowded restaurant section). I think it's generally quite quiet after 11:00, however.
It's also true that the shared bathrooms are not immediately convenient to the dorms and require you to walk through the courtyard. This isn't a huge issue, in my opinion, but some people obviously care.
Despite the potential issue of noise, the huge value on offer at the Silk Road Hotel as well as well as the company of other travelers more than compensate.
- Also Known As:
- Silk Road Yazd
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our Silk Road desert guesthouse you can find in Kharanagh on the way to Tabas, Mashad. ... more less