As someone previously mentioned - A Soviet hangover conveys the essence of this hotel. It lacks character, is dingy and dark, is poorly maintained and the room furniture is soiled and dated with hot pink accents!!!
I am shocked that it is in a four **** category. If amenities define the category, then let's re-define what 4 **** actually means for the traveler.
I was so disappointed with my stay that I even spoke to the receptionist and requested for a better room on our return from Issyk Kul but there was no difference except for being on a higher floor.
The hallways are huge and spacious (dark and sparse) but the rooms are small and compact. The mattress was hard and the thin comforter just barely fit the double bed. At least the second room we got on our return, had a bigger blanket. The linen was clean but the towels were terribly thread bare and the floor mat torn and frayed. It amazes me that a country with so much cotton and cotton fields has such thread bare towels in all their hotels. The bathroom, although stocked with shampoo/soap/toothbrushes etc, lacks basic maintenance. The shower head had so much mineral deposit and was spraying water from a patched up side opening as well. The base of the shower curtain had a stain along the length of it and certainly had seen better days.
The breakfast was very standard and even though there were several choices of pastries and cakes, all baked goods were dry.
Tripadvisor reviewers list the Holiday Hotel as #1 and although the reviews are great, it is on a main street and sandwiched between two buildings. The Hyatt is not affordable and I don't think there is another hotel in this 4**** category which is a shame for such a vibrant city like Bishkek.
I would definitely NOT recommend the Ak Keme. It lacks basic maintenance, is characterless and soulless!!!
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