Ok so I am writing this with a degree of bias, (I held my wedding reception here) but this really is the most friendly upmarket hotel in Almaty. The service is fantastic and friendly, the rooms are cosy, large and very clean and the place definitely has a charm lacking in the other luxury 'chain' hotels in Almaty. I've stayed in various hotels around the city, and this is the best if you want to experience something different and more genuine.
As stated in another review, the hotel used to be the 'communist party' hotel, and it's architecture and decor reflect that and are part of the 'soul' of the place. It's right in the heart of the main part of the city and in easy walk (when no snow / ice) of restaurants, the opera and other sites. Check out the website (--) for more info (including a movie file showing the layout etc).
- 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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