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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fairly standard hotel. The hotel offers many different room options varying from ultra-cheap to significantly more expensive. I'm not certain what type of room we had, but it was very small, smokey and nothing to write home about. Next time I would upgrade the room and ask for non-smoking. Bathroom is like a plastic pod in the corner - if... More 

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Tbilisi, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

It can be said that this hotel is one of the best in Ust-Kamenogorsk. The hotel has good location. There is very friendly staff, who speak english. Conference rooms are comfortable. Food is delicious especially bread. rooms are comfortable, but bathrooms are too small and unusual.

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Huddinge, Sweden
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69 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

I will start by saying this is one of the best hotels in Oskemen, I have stayed here many many times. But with that sayed, many things are not ok in this hotel. Most bathrooms in the rooms are all plastic, showers are very hard to get a nice temperature (either freezing cold or burning hot) wifi is free but... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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34 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This hotel has good conference room and restaurant facilities, although it is much cheaper to eat elsewhere in the city. The rooms are OK, en suite and free WiFi. The receptionists speak good English and are very helpful.

Thank Xoltan
Iserlohn, Germany
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I stayed in this hotel many times. But it is becoming more worse. They have rooms, 507 for example, where the windows in winter are screwed looked- no chance to open them! Also, there is never a 2nd roll of toilet paper in your room. You always have to go to find that little car of the cleaning personnel and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

I recently stayed here on a business trip and it seems that most westerners stay here. I've been told it is the best option in town. The rooms are pretty well appointed, if not a little oddly shaped in some cases. Strangest of all is the bathrooms. They feel as if they should be on a submarine or in a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Stayed for two nights on a business trip to Oskemen. The hotel seems rather old fashioned inside and in need of updating although their website says it was opened in 2006. The whole place has a much older feel; life doors close slowly and they look and operate very unlike 2006 versions would. Having said that, it is a pleasant... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

I stayed here for two nights on a business trip. After a rather poor hotel experience in Almaty, I was expecting things to get a lot worse as I moved eastwards and into smaller towns but was pleasantly surprised. The hotel is clean, check-in is friendly, and everything works. The reception staff speak more English than anywhere else I found... More 

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Bologna, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

I stayed in this hotel for 7 nights during my travel in Oskemen. The building is very nice, elegant and clean. Staff of reception can speak a good English and is kind, especially if you consider that this city usually hosts few foreigners. I booked a Standard Economic room and I was satisfied: 12,000 tenge per night (about 60 €)... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013 via mobile

After a disillusioning stay at the Ust Kamenogorsk Hotel, where we thought we could save money compared to Shiny River, we finally changed our minds and checked in at the hotel that everybody recommends to foreigners. It is by FAR the better option compared to the other hotel we stayed at, and probably also compared to any other hotel in... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Shiny River Hotel set in a quiet oasis just off the Embankment and overlooking the river Ulba. The Hotel has a prime location for both business and leisure. Situated in Ust-Kamenogorsk city center Shiny River Hotel is minutes away from main dining, shopping and entertainment venues. Undoubtedly, the most modern place of the town, the Shiny River Hotel combines western sophistication and comfort with typically Asian warmth. The Hotel has at the inside 79 thoughtfully appointed guest rooms of different sizes ranging from the economy standards up to the spacious 105 sq meters suites, restaurant, two bars, equipped Business Centre, conference and meeting rooms, banqueting service. Guest rooms feature air conditioning, refrigerated private bar, cable television, direct dial telephone, WiFi internet access and a full range of personal care amenities. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Shiny River Hotel

Address: Astana St., 8/1, Oskemen 070003, Kazakhstan
Location: Kazakhstan > East Kazakhstan Province > Oskemen
Price Range: $75 - $77 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 79
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