My initial choice of Escan was based on one main criterion – convenient location close to the touristy sites I was going to visit in Tehran. Many museums, Grand Bazaar and Golestan palace are situated in either a walking distance, or in a short drive away from the hotel. For Tehran with its terrible traffic this is important, especially if you are here on a short stay, as most travellers are.
Except for the airport driver from IKIA, other taxi drivers had difficulties finding this hotel, located on the one-way Musavi (Forsat) street, at first attempt.
BOOKING AND CHECK-IN
Booked directly through the hotel’s web-site, then duplicated booking request by e-mail.
Got confirmation of the request receipt straight away. Booking confirmation (hotel voucher) came the next day, together with a surprising request to confirm I was also ready to pay full value of the previous day stay. Considering that I arrived at about 4 or 5am, this wasn't too fair. But Escan seems to be poplar among local business travellers and tourists (it was always busy), so perhaps it was worth it to guarantee a room.
Despite a very early arrival hour, check-in was smooth. Like everywhere in Iran, they keep your passport while you stay with them (though I wish I never left it there! – see below why).
There’s an elevator (lift) to get to the rooms. And a very nice porter will assist with the luggage.
I stayed in both single (caUSD 103, including taxes and breakfast) and double (caUSD148, including taxes and breakfast) rooms. For Tehran with its inflated accommodation cost, this is a good value. But because of the forced payment of the extra full day value, I rate “value” as average.
Both rooms are rather cosy, but single room and especially its bathroom is very small. Excuse the details, but the only way to comfortably sit on the toilette (European, by the way, with lots of toilette paper available) was with my head and feet placed inside the bathtube in front.
It was very hot in the single room, and there was nothing to do about it. The window, facing gloomy tiny courtyard, won’t open. And the AC, even in the “cool” mode, wasn’t cooling at all. Reduction of temperature brought the opposite effect, so I had to turn the AC off completely.
As a result, although the bed was rather large and comfortable, sleeping in the hot single room was not good at all. Synthetic pillow made it even worse.
The double room was wonderful and very spacious. And it was possible to open windows there. Sleeping was just perfect.
Both rooms had a TV with a very good signal, a mini-bar (with no liquors, of course) and a free WiFi. Selection of toiletries in the bathroom was very decent, too.
The room cleanness was outstanding. Very impressive for Iran with its largely relaxed service.
I strongly advise, budget permitting, to stick to the double room even if you travel solo!
Only because of my mixed experience (poor in single and perfect in double room), I rate “rooms” and “sleeping quality” as average. Double room was excellent in both terms.
This was one of the very rare hotels out of all I stayed in Iran, where a European-type breakfast of rather decent assortment was served, not a limited traditional Iranian breakfast.
Even muesli, yogurt and fruits were available. And coffee made here was not an instant Nescafe, but a natural one, not bad at all.
Now this is the worst part.
It was the first time ever in my life that in request for some assistance the hotel managers responded they won’t do anything because “we are busy here!”. I had to be a bit pushy to finally get some simple help.
Surprisingly, after firm persistence, the reception ladies did turn into highly accommodating and helpful. Should this have happened without my huge efforts, I’d call service very good. But getting it this way was unpleasant.
The worst happened at check-out, when they “lost” my passport. Fancy that: in the beginning of the journey all over the country, at a very early hour, with my domestic flight taking off shortly, the hotel won’t find my passport for a really long time. Turned out it was mistakenly placed to the wrong drawer. Some very stressful wait, to say the least.
Despite mixed service quality I can still recommend this hotel for its excellent location, clean cosy rooms and in principle good value.
- Also Known As:
- Escan Hotel Tehran