Iran Journals

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - Iranian Hotels

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A travel journal to Iran by koshkha

Kowsar Hotel Photo, Tehran, Iran More Photos
Quote: Oh how I love Iran and it's bizarre quirky hotels. Every one of them memorable - some for good and others for bad reasons.

Kowsar Hotel

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Hotel | "My Experience of Iranian Captivity "

Kowsar Hotel Photo, Tehran, Iran
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In November 2006, we stayed at the Kowsar Hotel in Tehran at both the beginning and end of our two week tour of Iran. The hotel is classified as a 4-star and must once have been worthy of that accolade but today it's looking tired and shabby and desperately in need of a bit of love and attention. However, I rather doubt it'll get it in the short term. It's not in the area of town that attracts the high-spending business travellers and there's no great need to upgrade things for tourists like us. After all, as only around 3000 western tourists a year visit the country and almost all of them are on organised tours, there's not really a busy and competitive market for the tourist dollars. The...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 15, 2009

Kowsar Hotel
No 8 Shahid Malaee Ave
Tehran 15946

Alborz Hotel

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Hotel | "Mind You Don't Fall Down The Hole"

Alborz Hotel Photo, Qazvin, Iran
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After the delights of south eastern Iran we flew back to Tehran and took a bus to the north-west, an area of the country that's much less visited than the tourist hot-spots (well warm-spots - nothing in Iran gets THAT many tourists). Our first night was in the town of Qazvin which was chosen as the nearest example of civilisation to the attraction known as the Assassin's Castle.The Alborz Hotel is located in the centre of Qazvin on a busy shopping street. The reception area is on the first floor where you'll also find a coffee shop and snack bar. There was plenty of seating space where we could wait whilst our tour guide handed over all our registration details. Keys were handed out and we...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 17, 2010

Alborz Hotel
Khayam Forked Road, Talghani Street
Qazvin, Iran 34100
+98 (281) 2227367

Rangi Hotel

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Hotel | "Quirky and Endearing"

Rangi Hotel Photo, Takab, Iran
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If you are familiar with the phrase 'damning with faint praise' then you'll get the joke in the fact that the Lonely Planet guidebook to Iran describes the town of Takab as 'not unpleasant'. Our guide was less charitable and claimed the town was "famous for nothing". If you should find yourself in this poor unloved town, then the chances are very high that unless you are watching every last penny, you'll probably be staying at the Rangi. That doesn't mean I'm psychic, just that there really isn't anywhere else to stay.We arrived in the mid afternoon and took a scenic tour of the town. That's a nice way of saying that the bus driver got lost. We drove around just watching the locals going a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 17, 2010

Rangi Hotel
Angelab Street
Takab, Iran
+98 (482) 5223179

Parsian Hamadan Azadi

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Hotel | "Clean, Quiet, Well Equipped and Pleasant"

Our Room Photo, Hamadan, Iran
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The last of our northern Iranian hotels was in Hamadan, a city with a bizarre bunch of unusual attractions including an outstanding archaeological museum. The hotel that was chosen by our tour company was called the Parsian Eram Hamadan although I've since discovered that the hotel goes by a number of different names including the Azadi Hamadan and the Engelhab hotel.The hotel is a modern building on the outskirts of town which at the time of our visit was overlooking a building site (that seems to happen a lot on my holidays). The entrance lobby is spacious with lots of marble and glass and the reception desk is at the far end. The restaurant is off to the left side and is large and brigh...Read More

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Azadi Grand Hotel

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Hotel | "A Giant Amongst Tehran Hotels"

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Back in 2002, the company I was working for arranged a seminar for local bakers and confectioners which was held in one of the large function rooms of the Azadi hotel. Several colleagues from Holland flew out for the meeting and I arrived half a day before them, flying in from Istanbul. I was picked up at the airport by our local agents who drove me to the hotel, got me checked in and then went on their way. By this time it was the small hours of the morning and I was a bit dazed by lack of sleep and rather alien surroundings. I was also a bit shocked whilst checking in to learn that I would have to settle my bill in hard currency since Iranian hotels accept neither travellers cheques nor credit cards...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 17, 2010

Azadi Grand Hotel
Dr. Chamran Expressway - Evin Cross Road
Tehran, Iran
+98 (21) 207 3021