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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...
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...
Dominating the centre of town, this relatively new multistorey hotel has large, comfortable rooms, a restaurant and very helpful English-speaking staff.
Bandar Lengeh Inn
Most of the plain but clean rooms have Gulf views though you’ll need big biceps to get the windows open. It’s 1.8km west of town down a lonely side road but the position, literally on the water’s edge, justifies the trip.
The wheeze of old air-con units greets guests when they enter the central courtyard of this ultrabasic place...
Dariush Grand Hotel
This Achaemenid-inspired monument in marble is often described as Iran’s best hotel, though its Vegas-style ostentation won’t please everyone. Rooms are extremely comfortable and well equipped, but their 12-year-old decor is starting to date...
If you need to stay in Qeshm Town, the Darya, just east of the Eskele Sangi, is the best bet in terms of location, comfort and service. Rooms are spacious and come with kitchenettes; only the quad has a sea view. Staff speak English.
Though desperately in need of refurbishment, the Didaniha is worth considering due to its relatively low prices, excellent location right next to the beach and tasty breakfast (including bread fresh from the oven)...
Diplomat has clean, attractive rooms, some of which are big and have views over the town and the sea. Staff are helpful and some speak English. Good value.
Overlooking the Gulf, this family-run place is 1.8km west of town down a lonely side road. The clean rooms have sea views and bathrooms with Western toilets; wi-fi is only available in the foyer...
This sprawling place is operated by Kish Airlines, which has its office next door. Female dorms sleep seven, male dorms sleep five; all are clean, have satellite TV and a bathroom. There’s free wi-fi in the coffee shop...
Golden Beach Resort
A few kilometres southwest of town and alone on a sandy beach, for now this is the only (vaguely) resort-style place on Qeshm. The bungalows feel like beachside accommodation – which is good – but service isn’t fantastic.
Golestan Apartment Hotel
There are only eight rooms that are relatively attractive (ie, they have attached bathrooms), are reasonably priced and thus often full. Book ahead.
This hulk near the sports stadium has the reputation as being Bandar’s best hotel, but we’re not convinced. Rooms are comfortable but worn, service is desultory, the location isn’t great and the restaurants are overpriced...
On the seafront west of the bazaar, the glass-fronted Amin is a good-value midrange hotel that has been praised by readers. The refurbished rooms are small but well-equipped (with overhead fans!), and the management has some concept of service.
A short walk north of the port, the Amir has very basic but reasonably clean rooms and shared bathrooms with squat toilets. No English is spoken.
Set back from 17 Shahrivar St behind a car park, the Darya is probably the pick of the town’s budget places...
The Ghods has the size and fittings you’d expect in a midrange hotel, but little of the personal charm you might like. Rooms are big and you can choose to squat or sit in the bathroom. The upper floors have city views, but the restaurant is overpriced.
The big, clean rooms and shared bathrooms (all rooms) are aging, but acceptable. Staff don’t speak English.
Hotel Khorshid Jonub
A simple but clean family-run place about a 10-minute walk east of where the speedboats leave.
Khalija Fars Hotel
One of a couple of cheapies nearby, this is nothing to write home about but the friendly management make up for basic rooms with hard beds. Bathrooms are shared.
Mema Pazir Bouali
The faded- yellow awning and anonymous staircase don’t promise much, and the noisy, no-frills rooms and shared bathrooms don’t deliver much...
The location, about 2.5km past the main bridge as you come from Bandar, is a bit away from things, but the adjacent garden is pleasant and the rooms reasonable.
Mosaferkhaneh Ye Bazar
If you’re on a budget, this busy, clean but ultra-simple place above the bazaar is the cheapest in town. In summer, beds on the covered rooftop (just IR15,000) afford wonderful views of the smugglers and sunset over the Persian Gulf...