I had two stays here in quick succession this month and whilst I would agree that the hotel has its flaws my personal experience was not that bad. I have not stayed at other Almaty hotels but would have no problem returning here in future. Let's start with the bad, then the good.
For those of a certain age it is clear that this place Soviet build, but in the areas I visited I found that the rework to spruce the place up was OK, it may not have been world class, but unless I was picky it was liveable.
The wifi in the rooms worked, but was slow. The breakfasts were basic, but OK. Don't stay here for good coffee, a bowl of instant coffee by the water heater to make your own! The bars do not let you charge to your room so you will need cash or credit cards to cover daily expenses.
What was good, the Guns N' Roses pub on floor 2 had live music every night and was well frequented by locals. The Fly Bar (Barfly) on the 26th floor was a place for great views over the city with drinks. The central location was good with a lot of local facilities within a 10 minute walk. I used the staff to help with some small matters and laundry, apart from the language barrier everything went well.
I might have rated the hotel 3/5, but after experiencing other more rural Kazakh accommodation this is definitely a step up for the country so I have erred on the side of generosity to make it 4/5.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The four-star 26-storey hotel "Kazakhstan" is located in a picturesque location of Almaty. From the windows of the hotel magnificent view of snow-capped peaks of Trans-Ili Alatau is opening. Ecologically clean area, where the hotel is located, the heart of business and administrative center of Almaty is connected by transportation routes to any point of the city. In five-minute walk from the hotel are office buildings, schools, banks, restaurants, museums, parks, theaters and monuments. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kazakhstan Hotel Almaty