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Otrar
Ranked #39 of 75 Hotels in Almaty
Reviewed 9 November 2016

While the building is pure Russian, the hotel is comfortable, convenient and ideally located to get about the city very easily. Being opposite the park meant green leafy outlook towards the mountains from the front rooms. Back not so pleasant. Rooms are spacious, even if air conditioning quite noisy. Ours even had a balcony. The Central Market was 'just around the corner' and the Orthodox Cathedral in the park opposite. Plenty of buses to get about the city or taxis if going further afield.

Room Tip: Higher floor would be preferable to minimise road noise if windows open.
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  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 October 2016

This is an older hotel in a great location across from the Orthodox Cathedral and close to the Green Market. It has easy access to the Metro, and good eating locations are quite close. Rooms are older, but comfortable. Lots of hot water, but a little low on the soap. The dining room is designed as a yurt, and the breakfast is a variety of hot and cold dishes and cereals, etc. If you are a Holiday Inn / Intercontinental person this won't be for you, but if you want a more authentic local stay this is an excellent choice.

  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 29 September 2016

This hotel rated 4 star is a throwback to old days. The rooms are small and overloaded with old fashioned heavy furniture making access to beds and luggage a nightmare. TV and aircon ancient . Staff at reception pleasant but with limited English.

However the beds are clean and comfortable and towels of good quality, and breakfast is adaquate.

We had dinner on one night and the worst meal we experienced since we arrived in Central Asia.

Room Tip: Avoid unless you are really stuck for somewhere to stay
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  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 July 2016

Probably a grand hotel in it's day, but showing it's age now. Nevertheless, the hotel is in a great location, is well priced and the room was comfortable. The staff was great. I had no problems and would happily stay there again. There was no work desk in the room, so a bit inconvenient for computer usage.

  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 June 2016 via mobile

Large, gloomy hotel from the socialist era. Rooms very small with dark wood and red carpet. Old TV set, empty fridge, no bottled water, old and noisy aircon. Very small bathroom, small bathtub with hand shower, all bare and simple. Small wardrobe with 1 (one) hanger...
Large dining room for breakfast and dinner. Mediocre buffet at most. Small bar which was closed one night for unknown reasons.
Inexperienced staff, spoke only broken English. Bell boys played with their cell phones instead of taking care of customers.
Wi-fi, however, worked well.
This hotel cannot be recommended.

Stayed: June 2016, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Otrar

Address: Gogolya St., 73 | corner of Kunaeva St., Almaty 50004, Kazakhstan
Region: Kazakhstan > Almaty
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #39 of 75 Hotels in Almaty
Price Range: ₹ 3,109 - ₹ 3,757 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Otrar 4*
Number of rooms: 161
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel is located in the downtown Almaty, near to a park zone, business and shopping centers, at a distance of 5 minutes from "Акбота"-entertainment park & city zoo, 20 minutes from the airport and 5 minutes from railway station. From windows of hotel you may enjoy the perfect panorama of Zailijski Alatau mountains in combination of the Museum of musical instruments and golden domes of Zenkov Cathedral. ... more   less 
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