My stay in Almaty, Kazakhstan, was another very brief stop on my way to explore more of Central Asia, and with a lack of hotels near the airport I was consigned to schlepping my way into town for an evening and then schlepping back out to the airport the next morning for my 11am flight to Dushanbe.
Unfortunately the flights didn’t match up for me, making an overnight necessary, so I got online and found what looked like a pretty decent place to sleep – the Renion Park Hotel, for around $60AUD ($40USD). It was a leafy part of town, but I confess I didn’t really leave the hotel and work out where I was, as I arrived at the hotel in the late afternoon and it had a decent restaurant there.
I had left a book on the plane, and the staff were kind enough to call Air Astana for me who later called me back – they hadn’t found it sadly. It was actually my budget book, so it kinda was thin and easy to miss slid into the back pocket of one of the seats. From there I did all my budgeting on the laptop, which actually worked out well as I already was half doing that so that I could easily get currency conversion I had programmed into my spreadsheet.
Whereas the pictures I took of the Marion Hostel in Dushanbe seemed to make that hotel look a nicer than it was, I feel like maybe the ones of Renion Park Hotel might undersell the place ever so slightly. It’s not brightly lit which is often done to hide faults, but I was pretty happy and pretty comfortable here.
For my price I had breakfast included, and whilst it was a standard offering for Central Asia – bread and cold meats being the main staple, it was decent enough and I was glad to have it before I had to leave to catch my flight.
The location is not too far I think from the main train station, and there are trolleybuses and the metro so Almaty is actually not that hard to get around, if I was staying longer and wanted to see more of the city (which I had back in 2011).
The room was clean and functional, and the wi-fi was pretty decent, and a lot faster than anything I encountered in all of Tajikstan. The bed again was a little low I guess, but comfortable enough and I had a good night’s sleep. It wasn’t spotless but it was clean enough.
The bathroom was decent too with a decent shower. All-in-all it was exactly what was needed and it was very reasonably priced. The best aspect was the service – very kind and helpful people at reception!
Value for Money: 4/5
Total: 18/25 (72/100)
Thanks for stopping by today – May the Journey Never End!