This hotel was selected for us by local colleagues in Almaty. It has made a good transition from being the hotel formerly used by Soviet-era dignitaries to a good quality business and leisure travel hotel. Although the outside of the hotel displays 5 stars, the hotel sometimes falls short of a true 5 star, and equates more to a very good 3 or a good 4 star hotel you may expect to find in Europe, for example. The rooms are clean and comfortable - points are lost for the sparse decor (despite aims at a boutique style), the lack of towels in an otherwise top notch bathroom, and an initially extremely confusing control panel. On arriving at 3 AM, it was a bit tricky to get the hang of this, but once done, it was not really a problem. Having read previous reviews of unfriendly service, I was generally impressed by the friendliness of the reception. The breakfast staff (in the rather grand but ultimately sad dining room) were on the surly side on first impression, but this was probably more a language issue than anything else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Dostyk Hotel is located in the very heart of Almaty in the immediate proximity to the most important business, administrative and cultural centers of the city. The central avenues, museums and theaters, bank and offices, the best shops, restaurants and clubs are located practically a few steps away from the hotel. As our guests say, the Dostyk Hotel is always near. While you’re staying in the Dostyk Hotel you won’t only fully realize that you are staying at the elite and gorgeous district of the city but also you will feel your involvement into the spirit and old traditions of the most beautiful city of Kazakhstan. The Dostyk Hotel is located in the so-called "Gold Square" covering some of the most significant quarters of the city. This is the historical center retaining and preserving the spirit of the former Alma-Ata. The Dostyk Hotel, as the architectural monument protected by law, is one of the valuable and unique symbols of such a spirit. Keeping up the best traditions and retaining the breath of the past, currently the hotel along with the fifth star has obtained a new content by having implemented under the old Dostyk roof a comfortable interior of Century XXI, with involvement of the fascination of the new design freshness and creation of the model of technological perfection. The Dostyk Hotel, which is grand and monumental on the outside, incarnates by its interior the spirit of the Eurasian steppes – boundless / limitless expanse, freedom, warmth and generosity. Thanks to plenty of a natural light, high-ceilinged and large rooms, as well as the advanced design in the style of the classic modern, the feeling of expanse, freedom, peace and relaxation, love and care for neighbors is aroused in the Hotel halls. The "Dostyk" is a prestigious hotel located in the prestigious district. The Dostyk Hotel is a pearl in the crown of the Southern Capital of Kazakhstan. ... more less
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