Hotel Naderi

Hotel in Tehran

The charm of high-ceilinged rooms, 1950s-era Bakelite telephones, a manual switchboard and decades-old furnishings in this historic hotel is offset by dripping taps, grubby floors and grumpy service. Still, when we visited, renovations were under way in some rooms, the price is low and the location, above adjoining Cafe Naderi, is good, if plagued by traffic noise.

Built in 1929 and listed as a historical monument, the Naderi was once the place to party in Tehran (look for the bandstand and dance floor in the overgrown back yard). If you do stay, ask for a rear room (room numbers 107 to 112 or 207 to 212), because the front rooms are crazy noisy.