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“A charming Htoel n Bukhara”
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Minzifa Hotel
Ranked #2 of 23 Hotels in Bukhara
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Reviewed June 25, 2012

Our introduction to the Minzifa Boutique Hotel was not ideal. There was a thunderstorm before we arrived, at night, and the power was off in that part of the city, so we had to find our way to our rooms in the darkness. The staff member on duty escorted us with a flashlight. Luckily, the power came back on before very long, and the staff member brought me a Coca-cola, which I needed very much at that point. In the morning light we could appreciate the hotel, especially the beautiful courtyard where breakfast was served each morning. The rooms were nicely furnished in a local style and the bathroom was quite nice, with good water pressure. The wifi worked! Minzifa was my favorite hotel in Uzbekistan.

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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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4  Thank Jerry B
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

My wife and I enjoyed our stay at the Minzifa Hotel and were pleased with the rooms and the service there. Like many of the hotels in Bukhara, Minzifa doesn't look like much from the outside, but once you are inside the walls, you are greeted by a quiet and cool courtyard. Our room was large, comfortable, and well decorated in beautiful, traditional Uzbek motifs. The staff was very helpful and their English language abilities were very good. Breakfast was better than the average (and much better than some of the larger hotels I've stayed at in Central Asia). The only downside to Minzifa is that like many of Bukhara's boutique hotels, it's located some distance from the city's main square. As others have noted, it's about 5 minute's walk from Minzifa to the center of Bukhara. This may not sound like much, but the streets in this section of town are very narrow - more like passageways - and look very much the same with few signs or landmarks. Also, there is almost no lighting at all on any of these streets at night. Bring a flashlight if you expect to go out after dark and be prepared to get a bit lost the first few times you walk around. Definitely put the hotel's phone number into your mobile so they can help you navigate if need be.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Libor M
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Reviewed May 21, 2012

Salom alaykum!

To arrive in Minzifa hotel, we needed a gsm-gps. Which means, if your driver is not from Bukhara, just phone to the hotel, and they will guide you and your driver willingly by telephone to the hotel. The hotel is situated in one of the small streets in the old town, just 5 minutes from the central place and the trading domes. An excellent startingpoint to discover the old historical town.

When we entered the carved wooden door we came into a peaceful courtyard. Timur and his crew welcomed us very friendly and showed us our room. Every room is different and very elegant, nicely decorated with traditional textile, carved ceilings. The whole house is built as a copy of the traditional Bukharian house of Timurs grandmother. Many craftsmen have worked months and months to create all this. The bathrooms are modern, clean and the showers work very well (we had three different rooms, so we know!).

We had our breakfast at the courtyard, a very peaceful place where you can also sit and relax after your visits. The breakfast is generous, with cheese, cold meat, yoghurt, fruit, pancakes or eggs (changes every day), jam, coffee or tea. Plenty enough.

If ever you have questions or need some information, just ask. Timur is trying to find a solution for all your problems. He even went with us to the post office on his bike to carry the books we wanted to post!

We certainly can recommend the Minzifa Hotel. We found everything we expected : a nice and cosy place to stay and rest, a nice and pleasant room with a comfortable bed, a good shower, a generous breakfast, and nice people – management ánd crew, who is available 24 hours. They can offer you all kind of services, like tourist guide in the city, taxi drivers to tourist places or to the next city, free internet - but don’t expect the speed you are used to in Europe. So if you want to download pictures for your blog, be patient, but it is the common speed in Uzbekistan.

The Minzifa family is further more represented in Bukhara in the Minzifa restaurant and the Minzifa Shop in the Taki-Telpak Furushon trading dome, the skullcaps dome. Just try ! The restaurant has a nice top terrace from where you have a very beautiful view over the city. You can enjoy the orange sky during the sunset and of course you eat well.
If you love carpets, or other traditional textile you need to go to the Minzifa shop. They have much experience and are very correct. They have also a shop near the Museum of Applied Arts in Tashkent.

The “Minzifa experience” is one of the many very positive experiences from our Uzbekistan trip. We certainly go back!

Rahmat Minzifa!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank NadinedeGand
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Reviewed September 8, 2011

Minzifa was recommended to me by a colleague who has been to Bukhara many, many time over years of living and working and know the city very well. I was greeted upon arrival with a pot of tea and given essential guidance to the sights to see - which was great as I have no guide book. My stay was three nights. The room was very traditional decor and beautifully lit, huge bed and everything was working perfectly. Breakfasts were good and very healthy. Very reasonable room rates. Staff very helpful and friendly - one ran out at 10pm and got me a bar of chocolate as I mentioned that was what I really fancied! Beautiful, shady courtyard and very cool on a hot day. The old city is all around you and five minutes to the centre from the hotel. Try the Minzifa restaurant,very popular with tourists and high quality service at a good price and the craft shop Minzifa in the second trading dome - the latter is a very relaxed and educational environment (no hard selling). Well done and I will be back.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled solo
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6  Thank John D
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Reviewed July 26, 2011

If anyone has stayed in one of the Riyads that pepper Marrakesh then you will feel at home at this hotel.It is in the atmospheric old jewish quarter which is a 5 minute walk to the centre of the town.Staff were efficient (if not overly friendly).The room was well decorated and the bed huge.Television and fridge wer not working so theyve still got a bit of a way to go to match the Marrakesh experience but they are trying.
We had breakfast and lunch in the courtyard and the food was quite good

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank wynaber
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Reviewed October 21, 2009

My wife and I stayed at the Minzifa for four nights during our trip through the 'Stans. Our travel agent in Tashkent recommended it, despite our initial reservations, and he was absolutely correct. In reading the other two reviews, I was struck by the divergence between them--as though they were written about two different hotels. I would agree almost entirely with the earlier review.

The hotel is located in the Old Town of Bukhara, about a five minute walk from the Lyabi Hauz--very convenient to all the major tourist sights in the Old Town. Minzifa also runs a restaurant called the Cafe Minzifa, at which we ate on the rooftop evey night, and had excellent grilled chicken, Greek salads, etc. Very good choice for dining--beautiful view of the domed bazaars under moonlight, solicitous service, and again a five minute walk from the hotel.

The hotel itself was created from a former merchant's house: only has eight rooms, I believe. The three rooms on the first floor are on the courtyard, with tables and divans for breakfast, and lounging when not touring. Though our room was right on the courtyard, noise was never an issue. Guests seem to turn in early, or are very quiet. The room itself was enormous, and furnshed with extremely good taste--wonderful antique carpets, wall hangings, etc. They also operate a carpet shop in one of the domed bazaars.

We did have two single beds--not the most desired option, but not unusual for this style of hotel. The beds, pillows, etc were all excellent, and we are fussy about those items. Everything was fastidiously clean. I noted the lack of a refrigerator in the earlier review--perhaps they have upgraded since then: we had a very substantial refrigerator in which to keep cold drinks, etc. The hanging storage was not a closet, but rather a large clothing rack, but it served perfectly well functionally.

The bathroom was the best we encountered on the trip--huge, everything tiled in stone/ceramic, very large and excellent shower. Really first class. And the staff could not have been more solicitous and helpful--from making reservations at the restaurant, helping us with Internet access (as noted available in office for about $1/hour), helping my wife who had some health issues while we were there. They were all great, and gave us a very fond farewell when we departed.

Breakfast is served in the courtyard. It's relatively standard fare for hotels on the Silk Road route, based on our experience: yogurt, fresh bread w/local jams, cheese and sausage, coffee, a hot entree, fruit. But all very good quality and quantity.

We did not see the interiors of other rooms, but chatted with several guests, and all seemed very happy with the hotel. It's hard to know how to interpret the most recent review on this site. The location is great for touring--maybe these guests didn't want to stay in the Old City at all. The streets are not paved, and there are many local residents engaged in buidling renovation, but we found that to be part of the charm of staying in an area such as this. There are many similar boutique hotels located very nearby in the Old City: we walked around and visited a number of them out of curiosity. Many of them are similar in style and furnishings to Minzifa, but the hospitality of the staff at Minzifa (all of whom speak English) was very welcome for us. We would highly recommend the Minzifa.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Boston_MARambler
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Reviewed July 15, 2007

An 8 room hotel centred around a small, pretty courtyard, the Minzifa was a pleasant surprise amongst some mediocre accommodation experiences in Central Asia. It is reminiscent of a riad in Marrakesh. The hotel is conveniently located in the old Jewish quarter close to many of the city sights.

The bedroom decor and furniture were in local style with a high, carved wood ceiling and carpeted floor. The beds were wide and firm, there was an excellent reading light, effective air conditioning despite the intense heat of summer and a multi-station satellite tv and radio. Just two shortcomings - there were many niches for storage and a coat rack for hanging clothes but otherwise no storage space. Also there was not even a small fridge in which to keep water cool.

The bathroom was fully tiled, fully functional with hair drier, soap, shampoo etc.

The food was of a high standard. Breakfast, served outside on a 'supa' or at a table, comprised fresh hot and cold delicious dishes. Dinner must be ordered in advance and is available at a house a few hundred yards away, served on the roof of an old house.

Internet access - narrowband as elsewhere in the country - is available from the friendly staff in the hotel office at $1 an hour.

As elsewhere in the city, cash is the only form of payment.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled with family
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8  Thank afcok
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Address: 63 Eshoni Pir Street, Bukhara 200118, Uzbekistan
Location: Uzbekistan > Bukhara Province > Bukhara
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites
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Ranked #2 of 23 Hotels in Bukhara
Price Range: $43 - $67 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Minzifa Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boutique hotel Minzifa is unique design in classic style of old Bukhara architectural culture. It is located in center of old, between old narrow streets of Bukhara in 2 minutes walking toward main street. ... more   less 
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