Shayan Hotel

Hotel in Kish Island

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. Rooms, most with balcony, are comfortable and have excellent bathrooms. Another draw is its excellent location close to the beach.

The sea-view rooms are well worth the extra cash.