Samarkand is the ultimate in spots on the Silk Road. It’s Registan is incredible, there are a raft of other amazing historic sites, it’s positioned somewhere ‘in the middle’ – it’s only a short ride to the border with Tajikistan, it has fast train connections to the capital Tashkent and to Bukhara, in short if you go to Central Asia with the plans to see just one city, you could do a lot worse than pick Samarkand.
I found it a useful spot to stop, albeit it for one night, last year on my way from Tajikistan to Turkmenistan. It was my second time in Samarkand, and I took the opportunity to get more and better photos of the Registan whilst there, as I wasn’t very happy with the photos I took back in 2011.
I needed a place to stay, and this time I really didn’t want to break the bank. I wanted a place that was easy walk to the centre and the Registan, and so I settled on the Jahongir Bed and Breakfast, where I got a simple single room for around $25USD with hot shower and a fridge, air conditioner and TV. It was one of the best value places I found on my trip and in short summary – I was very happy with the stay.
It’s always nice to be reminded you don’t have to spend a lot of money to be comfortable, and although the room was, without a doubt, small, it still was clean and comfortable. The establishment is down a street opposite the Registan, past a strangely empty supermarket (trust me, there are a couple of ‘hole-in-the-wall’ type places that seemed to have more than the large but empty supermarket) down a street, a left turn and on the right. It wouldn’t have been more than ten minutes to walk to the Registan from it, but it was far enough away that it was nice and quiet.
It’s got rooms surrounding two courtyards which are interconnected. There’s a laundry service and a travel agency, as well as a restaurant which serves the breakfast. It is standard breakfast for Central Asia, bread, meat, cheese, hot drinks, maybe sausage and a few other things. It does the trick! The tourist office was open late and was as good a place as any to change money. It’s Uzbekistan so be prepared to be handed a huge wad of cash that isn’t worth much!
Staff were very friendly and helpful, offering a great restaurant suggestion for dinner. I got there well before check in and hung out in the courtyard waiting for my room to be ready, there were tables and chairs and I was able to update my diary and upload photos at a good speed onto Dropbox – after a week and a bit in Tajikistan with terrible internet, I had a LOT to upload!
The room itself had a single bed, quite a few power sockets and was clean and comfy. The bath room is squeezed in alongside and is sized without a doubt for one. Decent shower, nice and hot, clean, towels provided, just you know, small!
All in all it was a great stay, and yes I would stay again. Location = great, staff = friendly, clean and comfy. And excellent WiFi. It’s all you need!
Value for Money: 4/5
Total: 20/25 (80/100)
Thanks for stopping by – May the Journey Never End!