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.
- Also Known As:
- Esteghlal Grand Tehran