I was in town on business and noticed the majority of the people staying in town where there for the US Consulate. SO, here is the run down... I would advice staying near the NEW Consulate wich is now open, next to the NEW Consulate is the medical clinic. From what I gathered and saw, there are long lines to everything; medical exams, entering the consulate, and the appointments taking longer than aticipated. Make sure you get there a few days prior and expect to stay a couple days extra. Staying around the NEW Consulate is best, the area looks safe, hotels are new and super near, plenty of restaurants, there is a new mall (large food court), movie theater, entertainment for children, and shopping. The whole area is clean and all new developments. If anyone has any questions please feel free to contact me, I am more than glad to help. I would not recomend staying near the OLD Consulate at all.