While I have travelled extensively in Central Asia this was my first visit to Ashgabat. The hotel is opulent and looks fantastic from the outside with fountains and water features. The lobby is equally as impressive.
Despite some worrying reviews that I read before my visit the staff are friendly, rooms are great and there was no brown water and the wifi worked. The bar food was limited in choice but good in quality
Improvements could be made though. No ironing or coffee making facilities and the breakfast in such a top end hotel was disappointing. Also despite averaging an occupancy rate of 29% some of the service was very slow, especially in the bar. The biggest problem for me though was the hotel only accepts Visa, while I own a Mastercard. Fortunately my travelling companions were able to help out
All in all a pleasant stay and not far from top marks. I'll happily come back again, with a Visa card!