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Guesthouses and B&Bs
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)...
This well-managed cheapie near the Garazh area, in the west of town, has clean rooms and shared bathrooms and a decent restaurant downstairs.
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%...
Near the bazaar, the long-running and welcoming Amin has 16 large, simple rooms with soft beds and Western bathrooms. It has a quad with kitchen that’s suitable for families, and a restaurant downstairs. Front rooms can be noisy.
Aramgah E Shah Ne’Matollah Vali Caravanserai
The 170-year-old caravanserai should become one of the most atmospheric – and good value – places to stay in the region...
Bam Azadi Hotel
Spacious, clean and comfortable rooms here are fair value even if the place is very quiet and the location, about 6km from the Arg, means you’ll need a taxi to go anywhere. It’s off the left of the main road into Bam from Kerman...
Esteghlal Grand Hotel
The best place in town with nice enough three-star rooms and a pleasant outdoor restaurant.
Esteghlal Hotel And Restaurant
If you’re allowed, it has ultrabasic rooms, distant bathrooms and simple, tasty meals (US$2). Don’t confuse it with Esteghlal Grand.
Guest House Milad
Drab, functional rooms and shared bathrooms are clean and staff is friendly. Guests can use the kitchen.
Guest House Saedi
Friendly, functional but Spartan.
The family-run Amir, near the bazaar, is a good budget sleeping option. English isn’t spoken (and there’s no English sign) but staff is happy to help and you can use the kitchen...
For more luxury, this hotel outside the terminal has squat bathrooms, TV and fridge to go with its pink interior and unmissable octagonal green-glass façade.
Right in the bazaar, this ultrabasic place is friendly but the plumbing isn’t great...
North of the bazaar, local guide Jalal Mehdizadeh and his family open their home to foreign travellers...
Kavir Hotel & Restaurant
The Kavir is worn almost to the point of being worn out. Avoid it unless you’re an overlander looking for lock-up parking.
Kerman Pars Hotel
This 200-room behemoth on the edge of town is Kerman’s most luxurious...
Kerman Tourist Inn
A fair way from the bazaar, the small, recently renovated rooms are OK but the whole place is a bit soulless.
Mahan Tourist Inn
The big, tidy rooms here are fair value (and negotiable), staff are friendly and the restaurant is decent if uninspiring. The hotel is at a roundabout, a couple of blocks west of the mausoleum and the public transport route from Kerman.
On the west side of the valley near the entrance to town, eight very old cave rooms have been converted into this guesthouse. With namad carpets on the floors, beds carved into the walls and warm lighting, it’s easy to be transported to another time...
Mirjaveh Tourist Inn
The ITTO-run Mirjaveh Tourist Inn was described as looking ‘like a ghost hotel’, it was so quiet. But it is cheap, and you will be desperate, so the room will be welcome. Overlanders can park up in the gated yard for IR40,000.
The Naz has English-speaking management and 28 largish rooms that are clean, pink and fair value. It’s opposite Akhavan.
In a new location, the welcoming, family-run Omid has clean, simple rooms with fridge that attract ultrabudget backpackers and Iranian families with patients in the nearby hospital...
Set around a courtyard (which is ideal for overlanders), the Omid is spartan but provides a warm welcome from the English-speaking manager and his wife. Rooms are basic but they and the shared bathroom and kitchen are clean.
Rayen Arg Tourist Hotel
This small, new hotel has nine compact but clean rooms above a restaurant, each with bathroom and squat toilet.