Best hotels and hostels in Mongolia

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Bayanzag

    Three Camel Lodge

    To experience Three Camels is to know the epitome of the upscale Mongolian ger camp experience. Visitors stay in luxurious gers, which are decorated with handmade wood furnishings, and step down into sunken baths with private toilet, sink and hot showers. Their spectacular three-ger suites include a living room.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ikh Nartiin Chuluu

    IkhNart Wilderness Camp

    Nomadic Journeys operates this splendid tourist camp in the reserve, about 50km drive from Shiveegobi train station. Guided wildlife walks, multiday camel treks and jeep tours are available to guests, and the main camp offers true glamping, with 15 gers supported by gorgeous hand-painted pillars, and furnished with a dung-burning oven, a private sink and reading chairs.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ongiin Khiid

    Secret of Ongi Tourist Camp

    This is the most comfortable place to stay. The big draw is the log-and-stone restaurant-bar, reminiscent of a Chinese–style temple, the smart gers with curved wooden doors, and some of the cleanest toilets and showers in the Gobi, though some of the gers are showing their age. Nonguests can use the showers (T5000), sauna (T20,000) and massage services (T35,000 to T60,000).

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Terelj Area

    Ecotourism Ger Camp

    For an offbeat experience, cross Terelj Gol for this pleasant ger camp run by an eccentric Dutchman named Bert and his lovely family. The meadow location here is gorgeous, and there's great hiking opportunities in the surrounding hills. The family makes a range of Dutch cheeses to go with handmade sausage and house-smoked bacon to enjoy at breakfast or lunch. Reservations essential.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Üüreg Nuur

    OT Tour Camp

    Most gorgeously situated camp in all of Mongolia? We may have a winner. It's nestled in the groove of a steep valley overlooking Üüreg Nuur, some 20km away, with nothing but rolling steppe in between. There's a dozen or so stylishly decorated gers and nine log cabins, a toilet and shower block, and a well-equipped restaurant with bar.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tsetserleg

    Fairfield Guesthouse

    Attached to the excellent cafe-restaurant of the same name, this nine-room guesthouse, is run by an Australian guy called Murray, his young family, and their team of friendly local staff, It's a hugely popular choice and one of the only hotels in the countryside where you need a reservation in summer. Rooms are stylish, clean and comfy, while shared showers are always hot.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Khorgo-Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National Park Region

    Maikhan Tolgoi

    Set on a pretty headland on the northern shore of the lake, Maikhan Tolgoi is easily the most attractive camp on the lake. The well-maintained gers are right on the water, and there are clean flush toilets and hot showers. The cosy restaurant-bar (open 7am to 10pm; mains T5000 to T15,000) does a tasty tsuivan (noodles) that goes beautifully with a cold beer.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ulaanbaatar

    Zaya Hostel

    While most guesthouses in town are located in crumbling old Russian flats, this one is in a modern building with hardwood floors, sparkling bathrooms, a comfortable lounge, fresh paint and smart furnishings. Owner Zaya speaks English, enjoys a good conversation and is happy to help travellers. Eggs on toast and proper filter coffee are available for breakfast.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Mandalgov

    Byamba's Family Homestay

    Byamba Tseyen, who manages the nearby tree nursery, also opens up her family compound to guests. Accommodation is inside one of two guest gers located in her yard. Both are clean, comfortable and come with a warm welcome and tasty home-cooked meals. As part of the package, guests are given a tree sapling to plant in the nursery.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Khövsgöl Nuur National Park

    Nature’s Door

    Popular with backpackers and foreign hikers, this western-shore spot has plush cabins, a lodge, English-speaking staff, pizza and pasta on the menu, and happy hours (beer and wine), not to mention some of the best hot showers in northern Mongolia. Even if you're staying in one of the gers, you get access to the airy lounge with games.

  • Lodging in Dalanzadgad

    Gobi Oasis 1

    This well-run camp, 10km north of Dalanzadgad (and less than 5km from the airport), offers loads of options and the convenience of an easy airport drop. The 27 gers are standard issue. However, they do offer 10 air-conditioned VIP rooms, with double and queen beds, hot-water showers and flat screens.

  • Lodging in Gurvan Saikhan National Park

    Gobi Discovery 2

    The best tourist camp in the area. The shower rooms and toilets are sparkling, the 37 gers are larger than most (some have queen beds), and though the new-build main lodge heats up during the day, it's comfortable at breakfast. Most importantly, the staff are terrific. It's set 2km from the dunes (10km from the tallest section).

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Mörön

    Saraa's Guesthouse

    Friendly, knowledgeable Saraa is a gracious host and a font of information on the region. She is a well-regarded contact with the Tsaatan reindeer people, and can arrange horse tours, cycling trips, treks – you name it. Guests can lounge in the front yard and bunk in cheerful dorms or private rooms; every stay includes a shower.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Khövsgöl Nuur National Park

    Toilogt

    This eco-conscious camp is in a splendid location on its own little peninsula north of the other ger camps. Accommodation is a mix of tepees, gers and adorable wooden cabins (which come with en suite toilet). English is spoken, and the dining room is a hive of activity in the evenings. All stays come with meals.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Terelj Area

    Terelj Hotel

    Mongolia’s first luxury hotel and spa is an incongruous neoclassical building set on the edge of tiny Terelj village. Opened in 2008, this five-star hotel is a class act with corridors lined with thick carpet and antiques, a palatial indoor swimming pool, several restaurants, a professional spa, a library and a children’s play centre. Rooms are immaculate, but not exceptional.

  • Lodging in Bayanzag

    Dream Gobi Camp

    The facilities here are a notch above most other ger camps, not least because this is the only camp in the Gobi where every ger has an attached bathroom with hot shower. It's on the main route between Bayanzag (28km) and Dalanzadgad (60km).

  • Lodging in Khamaryn Khiid

    Gobi Sunrise Tavan Dohoi

    Set in the middle of a vast, deserted landscape, this comfortable ger camp has flush toilets and clean showers with hot water. To arrange transport to the camp, which is about 16km south of Sainshand, on the way to Khamaryn Khiid, ask Altangerel, the curator at the Museum of Danzan Ravjaa. He speaks English.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Darkhan

    Comfort Hotel

    This lovely hotel has spotless, well-maintained, and large if unmemorable rooms decorated in pastel shades. There's a decent restaurant, a fitness centre to help burn off the calories, a sauna to steam in and friendly staff who speak some English. Wi-fi is temperamental. Book ahead.

  • Lodging in Khövsgöl Nuur National Park

    Mongol Ujin

    Friendly Ujin, who speaks good English, runs this lovely Khatgal ger camp. Ujin has a decade and a half of tour-guide experience and knows what travellers need. The range of tours and activities offered here (horse treks, bike treks, visits to nomadic families, etc) are well organised and come highly recommended, as do the comfortable gers and cabins.

  • Lodging in Khövsgöl Nuur National Park

    Bayan Ulaan

    This excellent western shore camp has gers and cabins peppered throughout a hillside treeline. Enjoy a splendid view of the lake from the shade of the taiga pines before repairing to the on-site restaurant, which dishes out good European and Mongolian food. A sauna, modern toilets and showers round out the experience. Prices drop to T80,000 during June.