Kyrgyzstan Hotels, Hostels & Accommodation
Castle Hotel Bishkek
Silk Road Backpackers
Looking like a misplaced prop from The Sound of Music this altitudinous-themed hotel is about 30 minutes by foot from the city centre. Facilities include a restaurant, climbing wall, conference room and transport to local ski fields.
These self-contained apartments are a good deal with air-con, 40-channel TVs, twin bedrooms, separate bathrooms and fully equipped kitchens.
Yak Tours Hostel
This was the first backpacker-style hostel in Central Asia. Facilities include left luggage, equipment rental, an info board, a communal kitchen and a small collection of videos on Central Asia.
Hotel Sary Chelek
Reports vary but some complain of flooded bathrooms and Soviet-era beds. Check that the door locks, and ignore the gurgling loo.
Small and bright, this Indian-built hotel has clean and pleasant doubles with hot water and towels. There are only five rooms so try to book ahead.
Rickity lifts take you to large, sunny rooms, each with fridge, TV and small hot-water bathroom. The two-roomed quad is excellent value.
A central, clean option, popular with trekkers who swap stories over a beer in the sociable courtyard.
This appropriately named B&B is run by a family of artisans who built everything by hand themselves; from the house itself to the painted Chinese horoscope on the ceiling.
Asia Mountains Guest House
Trekking groups love this clean, fresh lodge, and with good reason. Guests have access to a kitchen and a nice communal seating area ideal for swapping climbing stories. The travel agency of the same name is in the basement.
Silk Road Lodge
Run by the Celestial Mountains travel agency, rooms are equipped with everything (iron, fridge, hairdryer, kettle and satellite TV) but style. Nonetheless it's a good option. There's a small heated plunge pool and live music on the weekends.
It has tiny rooms with even tinier bathrooms. The staff are surly, preferring to snarl than smile, but the rooms are essentially clean and the showers have occasional hot water.
Hotel Ak Say
Slowly decaying but a cheap, bearable alternative to staying in a dorm if you don't mind common squat toilets and cold-water basins. The neighbourhood behind the Circus is a bad one so be careful at night.
A popular backpacker crash pad with the only dorms in town. It can get very cramped when full; you'll either love it or hate it. Pluses include a hot shower, laundry service, meals and internet access.
This backpacker crash pad is waaaay down in the extreme southern suburbs (8th microrayon) so you should most definitely call in advance, as it does fill up.
The bare rooms here share a clean communal shower. Keep in mind this place is opposite a lively bazaar, which is either an exciting plus or a noisy intrusion, depending on how you feel about lively bazaars.
Hotel Ak Keme
Formally known as the Pinara, this Turkish-built, four-star hotel saw the original Turkish owners retake their investment by force after loans were defaulted on during the 2005 revolution. Exciting stuff.
This new cheapie is already proving popular with its reasonably convenient location and crash-pad atmosphere. Beds are in six-bed dorms - one with an attached shower and sauna.
Still reliving its Soviet glory days and now the biggest rip-off in town. It's ridiculously over priced; the rooms are old and the toilets leak.
It has Western-style bathrooms, a Russian-style sauna, excellent food and a laundry service. The son, Taalai, speaks good English; his mother is a wonderful host and his father owns a terminally ill taxi.