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Parsian Esteghlal International Hotel
Ranked #54 of 60 Hotels in Tehran
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level 6 Contributor
92 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Suitable for business trips”
Reviewed July 29, 2011

Just came back from 4 days in this hotel.
The hotel reminds me a lot of an Eastern European hotel. It may be 5 star, but it screams out for paint and renovation. However I stayed in the newest tower, the East Tower, and it was okay, free internet with limited MB, shower was working all right, mini bar - remember it is alcoholfree all over Iran.
Iran does have a Coca Cola factory, so Coca Cola is widely available.
But most important at all: Nowhere in Iran do they accept credit card! Not banks, not hotels, so please bring cash. Euro, dollars, dirhams were very easy to change at this hotel.

The staff at the hotel all spoke English and were very friendly and willing to help.
There is a taxi booking desk inside the hotel, they were also very helpful.

The breakfast buffet was included in the price and however big spacewise, it was a dissappointment, I just had (cold!) fried eggs and water melon. The bread was totally dry, the luncheon meat tasted strange etc. Again it reminded me of Eastern Europe.
The hotel is not far from the Fair ground. It took us 25 min. to walk, but driving took us 1,5 hours as the traffic was really horrendous.
It is not safe to walk around in the streets of Tehran at night.

Ladies must wear a scarf and hide most of their hair. They must wear long sleeves, loose clothes i.e. a knee long cotton-coat with trousers underneath.
This is very uncomfortably hot during the summer. But ladies are allowed to wear open shoes. They can wear any colour of clothes and also make up.
This hotel used to be a Hilton Hotel in the old days, - it has 3 or 4 restaurants.

Room Tip: Try the East Wing
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
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Ankara, Turkey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 19, 2011

We stayed for about 4 nights at this hotel. The rooms are old and not properly heated. The worst thing is that staff (including the reception) do not understand English even if they pretend to. Check in, check out process is terrible, there is lack of professionalism. You may have to repeat your question 20 times, which is not a guarantee for them to understand it.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled on business
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed August 6, 2010

As a hotel that claims to be the best in Tehran, the Esteghlal hotel has two wings, one new (west) and one new (east), priced accordingly at 200USD and 160USD. From my previous trips to Iran I can only say that I would stay clear of the East wing, and only stay in the West wing if you have business that side of town. The hotel is improving with each year, but still very much a government run hotel, with a lobby full of government officials.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled on business
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Holzminden, Germany
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41 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed July 25, 2010

It is not easy actually to get actually as a business traveller a rewarded hote accomodation in Iran's Metropole Teheran. Most hotels still bear the charme of the late 70's, which means pre-revolution. In the north of Teheran, right on the ring-road near to the convention area the former "ex-Hilton" Esteghlal is loacated. There are two wings in this hotel: West Tower and East Tower. To give a quick guideline: do not use the West Tower. The East Tower has several floors and enough vacancy. Do not trust to make reservation shortly, as it may happen that any diplomacy delegation is blocking several floors. Alo those diplomats are preferring this hotel. The 9th floor also in the lodge for most airline crews, such as Lufthansa. This gives you also adequate feedback to the quality of this hotel.
The rooms are relatively small, twin bed or large-king-size-bed are to be questioned. Both are old, but for a week stay in the end it makes it. The bathroom is clean somehow, but renovation in most of all bathrooms ( tiles, furniture etc.) is absolutely needed. The shower heads all have there problems, but the water ( like allover Iran ) is nice and drinkable. WLAN is in th lobby and partly ( quality to be checked ) good in the room receivable. A balcony to both sides: north you have the highway; south/backside you have the wreckage area and the ruins of the since 10 years planned hotel extension.

Other facilities: You have 3 local food restaurants, 1 nice Italian Restaurand and 1 tasty Thai Restaurant. Health Club / Spa: so, so nothing what rocks you.

Breakfast: in the room charge included but for most European people "not eatable". You can forget it.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled on business
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Vorarlberg, Austria
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed July 20, 2010

Being the former Hilton, the management tries to keep the level high, even if this is not easy in Iran.
Yet this is considered to be the best address in Teheran for foreign businessmen.
Just be sure the get a room in the new building which is the left one if you are standing opposite to the hotel.
Having a room on the mountain side will comfort you with a really amazing view. The room itself has an acceptable size, equipment can be somewhat old and worn, but staff will do their best to make your stay acceptable.
The breakfast is a matter of taste - you like it or not. If you are a returning customer in Iran, you will get used to it or even love it.
Forget credit cards: payment is in cash, but not only in this hotel, everywhere in Iran.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled on business
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Salmiyah, Kuwait
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 19, 2010

Hotel is very close to Exhibition Hall, walking takes about 15 minutes, and for that reason Hotel was Ok for me. Iranian Food at the Restaurant was good and Breakfast not much difference from other Hotels I stayed over the years. All in all what I expected from Tehran

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled on business
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London, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed May 5, 2010

Dont go here... read my review here....
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check out the pictures below...
staff are horrible.. Id never go here again, its not 5 star hotel, its more like a 2/3 star, rip off.. horrible toilets etc.. this review thing wont allow me to tell u how horrible it is...

just trust me, gone stay at this hotel...

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Parsian Esteghlal International Hotel

Property: Parsian Esteghlal International Hotel
Address: Crossroad of Chamran And Valiasr, Tehran 11369, Iran
Location: Iran > Tehran Province > Tehran
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#10 Spa Hotel in Tehran
#16 Luxury Hotel in Tehran
Hotel Class:5 star — Parsian Esteghlal International Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 552
Also Known As:
Esteghlal Grand Tehran

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