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“The best hotel in Oskemen”
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Shiny River Hotel
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Oskemen
SAO PAULO
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“The best hotel in Oskemen”
Reviewed May 14, 2012

This is the best hotel in Oskemen, well not that great, but the best in town. To make a reservation, as for other small hotels in the country, you should avoid the hurdle of Russian travel agencies that request pre-payment by Visa card and sometimes numerous confirmations, which result in higher rates and lower quality bedrooms, you should contact the hotel directly, by phone or e-mail. It is quick, trouble free, you will get lower rates and the best rooms. Their bathroom is strange and when you want to take a shower, instead of looking for an adventure, you should ask the local staff how it works. The same with their heating system, specially in the winter. Breakfast is good and their staff is very friendly and efficient. Architecture is Russian like, but eventually you will get used to it specially when you are inside, with temperatures outside below - 40 degrees.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
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Vienna, Austria
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed January 18, 2012

Nice place to stay in UstKamenogorsk. Location is convinient although, city is not big.
Rooms are packed with furniture. Bathrooms are weird, plastic ones with terrbile colour.
Breakfast very good. When paying with cards, they charge more, still cash oriented society.
Reception surprisingly decent and helpful, they speak some English as well.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
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Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
Reviewed January 13, 2012

Travelers to Ust-Kamenogorsk probably will expect that their hotel options will be limited. The Shiny River is probably the best option. The hotel is a decent and clean three-star joint with the less than desirable post-Soviet flourishes (such as working girls in the lobby and tasteless neon lighting on the exterior).

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
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Property: Shiny River Hotel
Address: Astana 8/1, Oskemen 070003, Kazakhstan
Location: Kazakhstan > East Kazakhstan Province > Oskemen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Oskemen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 79
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shiny River Hotel set in a quiet oasis just off the Embankment and overlooking the river Ulba. The Hotel has a prime location for both business and leisure. Situated in Ust-Kamenogorsk city center Shiny River Hotel is minutes away from main dining, shopping and entertainment venues. Undoubtedly, the most modern place of the town, the Shiny River Hotel combines western sophistication and comfort with typically Asian warmth. The Hotel has at the inside 79 thoughtfully appointed guest rooms of different sizes ranging from the economy standards up to the spacious 105 sq meters suites, restaurant, two bars, equipped Business Centre, conference and meeting rooms, banqueting service. Guest rooms feature air conditioning, refrigerated private bar, cable television, direct dial telephone, WiFi internet access and a full range of personal care amenities. ... more   less 
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