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Parsian Esteghlal International Hotel
Ranked #52 of 61 Hotels in Tehran
Reviewed October 19, 2011

We chose the Esteghlal Grand Hotel, based on its former life as the Hilton. Unfortunately, it was overpriced for what it was: outdated and average. The lobby is more than decent - and shows signs of recent renovation. There are two wings: the East and the West. We stayed in the newer wing, thinking it would have been updated in some way. However, once we left the lobby and were walking through the narrow corridor, we found our room tucked away at the end of the hallway. The room itself was cramped. The TV was old and in a cabinet that took up much of the space. The bed was quite hard and the toilet was old, in need of some repairs and proper cleaning - furthermore, our toilet door wouldn't close at all. As I was with my parents, I was given a cot to sleep in - the blanket that came with it was dirty and had visible specks of dust. However, the room was generally well furnished. The view of the Alborz mountains from the room window was truly stunning and as the hotel was located in the North of Tehran, it was less polluted and less chaotic though quite isolated from the city centre. Breakfast was served in more of a hall than a restaurant. The selection was not too limited but the quality was average. We left that day and moved to a hotel in downtown Tehran instead.

Room Tip: We stayed in the newer wing but it was basic and not terribly fantastic - perhaps, try the older win...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 17, 2011

Stayed two nights in late September for the first time in Tehran. We arrived very late (or early) as it was about 4 a.m. and didn't have trouble in check-in. Service was adeguate but the rooms in the West Tower need some serious refurbishment as carpets have more than one stain, furniture is/looks very old and bathrooms could be better. The shower worked well, though, and the rooms are well isolated due to noise. During our stay the hotel welcomed the players of the Asian Volleyball championship and this caused the need of some re-organisation of the common areas as the restaurants. Breakfast was served into three different rooms due to this. Quality of food was good. Service at the bar could be improved as at night it can be very busy and just one waiter was attending. All-in-all it is a good hotel but quite expensive for what it provides.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled on business
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Thank Andvale
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Reviewed September 20, 2011

But considering that the hotel is in teheran. & having heard from the Co-passengers on flight this is the best in Iran.
Room was just okay. There was a TV but no interesting channels.. breakfast was too sub standard when i consider that i paid 150$ per night...

But the people around in teheran were really friendly and njoyed the Tea & Coffee almost 10 times a day..

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled on business
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Thank Machnil
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Reviewed August 26, 2011

I've stayed only 2 semi-nights. Hotel is a remainder from old pompous days. Not renovated enough can be understood hardly (hardly because of price level, can be understood because of sanctions) but quality of servings - the breakfast I've taken- and attitude of reception staff can never be excused. Considering the price level / the fact that this is the best hotel in a city like Tehran / Level of luxurious in old building quality, I would expect at least a 4* service and food quality. You can have even italian food but not a trace of a proper local kitchen. Breakfast was a full disappointment. Only a few types of cheese and when you ask for an omelette staff is easily rejecting you saying he needs to cook first other clients order instead of taking and queuing your order.
Decoration of the room is I guess left from Pre-islamic government era, ok nice but should be maintained much better. And a word for the staff, you still need to smile and care. Because of lack of good options in the city, you dont have the right to be less than perfect.
Tehran is not like the image in our minds, environment and people are much much better. But big pain is inability to use credit cards. This is only punishment for international visitors never for the government and Iran people, my comment for the international community.

Room Tip: beware credit cards are not working, take enough cash
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled on business
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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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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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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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Additional Information about 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:
#11 Spa Hotel in Tehran
#15 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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