I stayed in Alma-Ata waiting out a 15 hour layover. There was luke warm water and not much heat in the room. The bed had no top sheet or blanket and the pillowcase was threadbare. The fixtures in sink and tub were broken and the toilet seat came off in my hand. Sorry but a view of the mountains does not cut it for a bone weary traveler facing a 22 hour trip back to US and in need of a shower and clean clothes. I showered and dried with my hair dryer and ran that for heat, then got in bed with my coat on and read, too disgusted to sleep. Pass us this place, stay in the airport for layovers. It was 16F too cold not to have heat in the room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "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