I have stayed many times in this hotel on business as it is where my company choose to put me. Generally it is not that bad if you like the retro Soviet style, quaint photos of old cars from 40 years ago and the like. You will also experience the cold water and lack of heating at certain times of the year just as many residents have to brave these days. This will wake you up in the morning for sure. If that fails then try the breakfast; boiled eggs are sometimes provided, plus some Russian style salads and porridge. They put out the left overs from the previous evening so if you want some boiled potatoes, buck wheat and cabbage go for it. Alternatively there is an Italian style cafe just along the street to the left that serves excellent pancakes, scrambled egg and fresh coffee. You will need some Russian to come here to deal with reception as they look with distrust at foreigners and can take hours to find your booking and complete your paperwork. There are an unusual number of security men sulking around the entrance to make your Soviet experience complete. The lifts are narrow and take you almost to your floor so dont trip on your way out. Your room will almost certainly be be cold, with worn carpets and the bed nice and firm if you have a bad back. No soft pillows and crisp Egyptian cotton here. This is real Soviet style with a fridge, old TV, and the most authentic bathroom complete with old fashioned pipes, toilet and sink. The trick with the hot water is to let it run for exactly 20 minutes, unless you arrive in June July August or September and then you can run it all night and still find cold water. On the positive side, the mini bar is cheap and has a bottle of beer and vodka, which when mixed can really improve your hotel experience at this point. Take a moment to enjoy the spectacular Tien Shen mountains as you relax in your old wooden chair by the bed and enjoy this little slice of USSR.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dear guests! We are inform you that for the period from July to September 2017, the hotel is undergoing a facade reconstruction, as well as interior repair. The hotel administration will do everything possible to improve the living conditions of the guests. The cost of the stay will include a gift compliment from the hotel "Almaty". We apologize for the inconvenience. "Almaty" hotel is located in the old center of the city. Opposite it is the Opera and Ballet Theater named after Abay, not far, in walking distance - the Astana square, a symbolic for Almaty citizens the Tulebaev street, and “Almaly" metro station. The hotel was built in 1967, and is one of the symbols of our city. Today the hotel welcomes its guests with an updated interior design. The design is made in the style of modernism, typical for the 60s of the last century, and emphasizes respect for the traditions and history of this place. The hotel consists of 207 cozy rooms with views of the city panorama or the Opera and Ballet Theater named after Abay. The rooms have everything for comfortable stay of guests - comfortable bed, bathroom with shower, TV, mini-bar, kettle, hotel compliments, free Wi-Fi. In the morning have a breakfast in "Issyk" restaurant, where daily served fresh pastries. In the evening visit the banquet hall of this legendary restaurant, which is also suitable for family and corporate celebrations. One of the best banquet halls in the city, it can accommodate up to 300 people. At your disposal, there are equipped conference rooms where up to 120 people can gather. In a large conference room, it is convenient to hold seminars, trainings, master classes, and a chamber VIP room is suitable for business meetings and private negotiations. The location of the "Almaty” hotel is one of the best in the city. After business meetings, be sure to go for a walk around the old center. This is a region beloved by all Almaty people, here you will feel the real atmosphere of the city, get acquainted with its native people, and hear many interesting stories. Accommodation here is a great solution if you are interested in walking, theatrical life, history and architecture of Soviet modernism, which you will successfully combine with a business trip. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Alma Ata