Niayesh is a charming hotel with friendly staff although it is quite difficult to find. Write down their phone number and get your taxi driver to call reception to find out how to get there. A staff member should be able to meet you out the front and guide you through the series of alleyways to the hotel.
The hotel is beautiful and has a lovely courtyard (where you can access the free wi-fi). It serves a range of very reasonably priced tea and food, and can make a couple of dishes vegetarian upon request. The staff are approachable and great at booking buses and tours for guests. It's also in a good location - just off a main street and within walking distance of the bazaars and major attractions.
I stayed in the dormitory which has 8 single beds (no bunks) and is mixed-gender. Even in low season there were lots of people around, which gives the hotel a nice social atmosphere. Given that there are no lockers it's quite easy for thefts to occur, so protect your belongings and leave valuables with reception if you can.
Breakfast is basic and mostly involves thin hard bread, but at least it's included in the cost. The one downside is probably the price (and the one shared bathroom). Room prices are only quoted in US dollars so you pay $9 per night for the dorm - pretty reasonable except most other dorms in Iran cost 100,000 rials (equivalent to about $2.75). Laundry and tours are a bit pricier too, but still fine by non-Iranian standards.
With the good atmosphere, nice courtyard and opportunity to meet other travellers and locals, a stay at Niayesh Hotel is worth the cost.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Niayesh Boutique Hotel is located in a historical and cultural region of Shiraz the city of literature, culture and civilization. The history of this property goes farther than 100 years ago when the literature Association of Shiraz was held there and the first publishing house imprinted the first newspaper in Shiraz. The traditional style of Iranian architecture and carpentry was respected while building this house, the quaint building to which no vehicle can reach from 150 m around it. For this reason, the atmosphere of non-pollution will be a great remedy for minds and takes us back to years ago. Another big plus is the special hushing courtyard of this house which is a discriminate collection of flowers, large trees and colored windows. The pool and fountain amidst it and the red fishes bring a mind-evoking memory of peace. Thanks to Niayesh boutique hotel's special architecture, the need to air-conditioning apparatuses is decreased. Being located among the cultural complex of museums, mosques, churches, synagogues, monasteries and ancient fire temples, Niayesh is inspiring as a new experience. ... more less