This was my third stay at the InterContinental in Almaty and it continues to live up to its well deserved reputation. When I visited for the second time in July, I arrived late in the evening and had to catch an early flight out before dawn so I only had time for a a shower and some sleep before heading out. This time I had an opportunity to enjoy several of the hotel's amenities as I attended an evening business function in one of the large rooms downstairs followed by a buffet dinner reception afterwards. Very nicely done.
I booked a Club Room on the 8th floor and was not disappointed. Room was nice with plenty of room. Internet connection was quick and reliable. Two bottles of complimentary water and snacks were very much appreciated. I had access to the Club Lounge on the 10th floor. A nice and quiet oasis to relax in, complete with comfortable chairs, complimentary snacks, drinks, newspapers, and large screen televisions. Breakfast is served in the Lounge, but I decided to eat downstairs in the Asian Cafe restaurant on the main floor instead. As always, a very nice restaurant with an excellent breakfast buffet selection.
After breakfast, I had time for a look around the main lobby and was pleasantly surprised to find a bookstore tucked away around the corner from the check-in counter. It is a small shop, but with a nice collection of fiction, non-fiction, and travel books, magazines and newspapers in English and a modest selection of souvenirs as well. There were several good travel guides on sale. Too good of a bargain to resist.
Three stays with three thumbs up. Well done, Intercontinental Almaty!!! I'll be back again.
One last note: If you are arriving at the airport, I recommend booking a car through the hotel for an airport pick up (Kudos to the concierge, Ms. Alima Assembek, for quick, courteous and reliable service). The car was a nice and roomy Mercedes at a reasonable rate. The best part was that the driver was waiting for me with a sign so I did not have to worry about running the gauntlet of shady characters at the airport asking me if I needed a taxi. As I learned on previous trip, they will try to charge you 15,000 KZT (the foreigner price), or more. I also arranged for a ride to the airport when I departed. No muss, no fuss, and one less thing to worry about on your way to the airport.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Each of our 277 well-stocked deluxe rooms and spacious suites provides a breathtaking range of guest services and plenty of space to relax. Stylish, contemporary decor complements deluxe amenities, including luxurious bedding with feather comforters and cotton-rich linens. In your room: tilt-open windows, individual climate control, electronic "Do-not-Disturb / Maid" call system, LCD TV, pay-TV, mini-bar, tea & coffee facilities, in-room safe with a recharging plug, umbrella, iron and board. Telephones with voicemail allow direct dialing both internationally and locally. Each of our rooms has a large desk and high-speed Internet access, so you're able to be productive away from the office. Spacious suites are ideal for guests who need a bit more room to spread out, each with a separate sit-down beauty vanity counter and a separate living room with comfortable sofa and LCD TV. Guests staying in Club rooms benefit from access to the Club Lounge. Marble bathrooms are supplied with weight scales, hairdryer, magnifying cosmetic mirror, bathrobes, slippers and deluxe bath amenities. A separate shower cabin is a feature in every suite. All guests staying in the hotel have a complimentary access to The Ankara Spa. GUEST ROOMS - 203 Deluxe rooms - 49 Club InterContinental rooms - 13 Junior suites - 9 Exclusive suites - 2 Presidential suites - 1 Wheel chair accessible room ... more less
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