Ghasr Talaee International

Top choice hotel in Mashhad

A gigantic chandelier, tinkling piano music and suavely personable, English-speaking staff welcome guests into this lush five-star hotel with 650 rooms spread over 20 storeys. Rates include use of an indoor swimming pool (women 9am to 3pm, men 4pm to 10pm), Jacuzzis (separated by sex) and a glowing salt room.

Double rooms come in three price categories: Atrium views looks down onto the 3rd-floor coffeeshop, Luxury rooms have city views and Panorama rooms get at least a glimpse of the distant Haram. Wi-fi is free for up to 600MB usage.