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The Abbasi’s main building was once the caravanserai of the Madraseh-ye Chahar Bagh, and it has atmosphere in spades. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the characterless new building on the eastern side of the central garden courtyard...
This impeccably run place offers three-star rooms at one-star prices. Rooms at the rear were renovated two years ago, are quiet and have Western toilets; those at the front overlook the busy street and have squat toilets...
Amir Kabir Hostel
For years the Amir Kabir has been Esfahan’s backpacker base and, for lack of competition, it still is...
Well-run, clean and comfortable, the Azady is a good choice despite being located on one of Esfahan’s busiest streets. Front rooms are double-glazed, but we suggest requesting one at the rear of the building to ensure a good night’s sleep...
Bekhradi Historical Residence
This quiet, modest-sized khan-e sonnati (traditional house) is the real Safavid-style deal; five fully restored rooms, some with bathrooms, some not. All are set around two garden courtyards. It’s beside the Masjed-e Dawazeh-Noh.
Hidden away off a narrow, vaulted alley deep in the Bazar-e Bozorg district, this painstakingly restored traditional house and the chilled, interesting and arty female owners set a paradoxically modern-yet-traditional Iranian tone...
Hasht Behesht Apartment Hotel
It may be a bit short on style, but the family-run, centrally located Hasht Behesht is one of the best accommodation options in town, offering clean and well-maintained apartments with comfortable beds, equipped kitchenettes and satellite TV...
If you have an early bus, functional Hotel Kaveh is at the northern end of Kaveh terminal.
Overlooking the river east of Pol-e Si-o-Seh, Melal is professionally managed but is looking a bit worn these days. Request a room overlooking the river or enjoy the view from the top-floor restaurant. Free wi-fi is available in the foyer.
If you have an early bus, functional Hotel Soffeh is at Soffeh bus terminal.
Not desperately charismatic, but the bright rooms with double-glazed windows are not bad in this price range. Bathrooms have squat toilets.
Isfahan Traditional Hotel
Winning the dubious award for Esfahan’s most shambolic service, this place is set around two courtyards in adjoining Safavid- and Qajar-period homes. The 16 rooms are reasonably clean and comfortable, with satellite TV and attached modern bathrooms...
A few metres from Vank Cathedral, with 72 small rooms and unhelpful service.
Small rooms here have shortish beds, bathrooms (most of them) and that’s it. But manager Omid creates a good feel.
Kowsar International Hotel
Portraits of Ayatollahs Khomeini and Khamenei on the wall signal that this one-time Sheraton is now government-owned. Rooms are comfortable but characterless; the best have balconies overlooking the river...
Naghshe Jahan Hotel
A reliable budget choice on Esfahan’s major thoroughfare (request a room at the rear), the Naghshe Jahan offers simple rooms with hard beds and clean linen; those without a private bathroom have a handbasin...
Pardis Apartment Hotel
No frills apartments in two- to five-bed (US$77) varieties. Discounts very possible; good, cheap food in the restaurant.
Parsian Azadi Hotel
Half the 35 worn rooms sport balconies overlooking the Si-o-Seh Bridge and all have satellite TV, but that, alas, is where the good news stops...
Family-run; very clean, relatively spacious rooms with bathroom; dubious plumbing.
Pol And Park Hotel
With half the 35 rooms sporting balconies overlooking the Si-o-Seh Bridge and an overall friendly feel, you can forgive the ageing but clean rooms. Excellent value.
A quiet location, friendly staff and keen prices make this place worth considering, although the hard beds, tiny bathrooms and lack of air-conditioning may well be off-putting to some. Wi-fi costs US$1.40 per hour.
This well-run midrange option is in a fantastic location between Naqsh-e Jahan (Imam) Sq and the Zayandeh River. Rooms are comfortable, with satellite TV and good-sized bathrooms, and the hotel is set back from Felestin St, minimising noise...
Owner-manager Mr Bagherian is extremely proud of his newly refurbished hotel, and no wonder...
Fresh paint, soft beds and bathrooms make this central place fair value by Esfahan standards. English-speaking manager is helpful and there’s the atmospheric Bame Sahel Teahouse upstairs. Ask for a quiet room.