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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...
Akbar Tourist Guest House
Mr Akbar’s has long been the meeting place for travellers visiting the Arg and overlanders heading to or from Pakistan (meet here for convoys)...
Artist and musician Maziar Ale Davoud has almost single-handedly saved Garmeh from the fate meted out to many small desert communities, restoring a number of its mud-brick buildings as homes for members of his family and opening a guesthouse, backpack...
Chamran Grand Hotel
The city views from the rooms and upper-floor restaurant of this recently opened five-star hotel are quite spectacular and the location next to the tree-lined Ghasr-e Dasht Gardens is nearly as impressive, making the hotel’s distance from the main cit...
With multiple-domed roofs, this remarkably swish hotel is designed to faintly resemble a caravanserai while offering full midrange facilities. It’s beside Park-e Shahrdari, five minutes’ walk north from Chaharshir Sq.
Espinas International Hotel
Opened in 2010, the Espinas is probably the closest you’ll come to an international-standard five-star hotel in Iran. The 224 rooms and suites combine modern comforts with an understated dash of Iranian style in the decor...
Ferdossi Grand Hotel
The 224-room Ferdossi is the only international-standard hotel within an easy walk of the museums, Golestan Palace and bazaar, and as such is popular with tour groups...
If ever there was a hotel whose atmosphere revolved around one man, this is it...
It’s not often that we award a hotel 10 out of 10 on our personal rating system, but in our opinion that’s what this gorgeous boutique hotel deserves...
Mr Amini’S House
Mr Esmael Amini and his family welcome travellers into their home in Tabl near the Harra Sea Forest and are great hosts. Bedding is laid out on the floor at night and there are showers in rooms; shared (squat) toilets are off the courtyard...
Mrs Fattahi’S House
Mrs Leila Fattahi is one of the major contributors to the success of the Art for Conservation project and will happily organise for you to watch local women making handicrafts or have them give you a Bandari henna tattoo...
Niayesh Boutique Hotel
The city’s only traditional hotel is located in the heart of the old quarter and is a fantastic choice...
In a quiet part of the Armenian quarter, the 20 recently renovated rooms here are good for families because most are very big and come with a kitchenette (though without a burner).
Located in the upmarket tree-lined area around the Azadegan Gardens, this huge government-run place has 195 rooms in two buildings: the older garden hotel and the much-more-desirable new front wing...
When it opened as the Shah’s beachfront casino-hotel in 1973, this was the most glamorous shack on the Gulf. It hasn’t changed much and the angular architecture, perspex furniture and sprayed concrete detailing are certainly retro cool...
Silk Road Hotel
Two minutes’ walk from the Masjed-e Jameh (Jameh Mosque), the Silk Road’s mix of traditional courtyard setting, delicious food, laid-back vibe and fair prices attracts backpackers, flashpackers and even the odd ambassador...
Tak Taku Guesthouse
Owner English-speaking Mohammad Jalali and his family are eager to offer guests a taste of the real Iran, and do so with great charm and warmth...
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...
Vali’S Non Smoking Homestay
Vali is an eccentric and ever-enthusiastic carpet merchant-cum-multilingual guide who offers a twin-bedded guest room in his charming home along with communal carpeted sleeping spaces, some on the open-air terrace...
Abnoos Apartment Hotel
Hidden in a peaceful mini-garden off a tiny alley, the high-class Abnoos offers unusually spacious apartments sleeping four or five people. There are fine Haram views from the roof and from rooms 301 and 302...
This well-managed cheapie near the Garazh area, in the west of town, has clean rooms and shared bathrooms and a decent restaurant downstairs.
Located on a hill above Abyaneh, this multi-storey place is the only hotel and restaurant in town. It’s taken years to complete and the finished product is very comfortable...
The welcoming Akhavan brothers are a mine of information and their comfortable if slightly ageing rooms are good value even before the low-season discounts of up to 30%...