Best hotels and hostels in The Gobi

  • 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 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • Lodging in Tsagaan Suvarga

    Zorigoo Homestay

    The gers here are clean and cheery, although some smell better than others. You'll need to pack your own sleeping bag and food (no meals served), and there aren't any showers, but the outhouse toilet is clean and the starlight and sunrises are magnificent here. It's set in a wide open stretch of desert, a short drive from Tsagaan Suvarga.

  • Lodging in Bayankhongor City

    Bayankhongor Hotel

    The most popular hotel in town, this place is smart throughout, and set opposite the leafy town square. The only frill in the so-called 'deluxe' rooms is a minibar. Standard rooms will do just fine. The restaurant comes well recommended. It's also one of the few hotels in town with air-conditioning – no small thing in the summer months.

  • Lodging in Tsagaan Suvarga

    Gobi Suvarga

    A basic midrange ger camp at research time, with 20 tidy gers each sleeping up to three guests. When we passed through there were plans to level the dining room and build a high-end, minimalist Arabian lodge in its place. The gers are slated to have new mattresses and the upgraded kitchen will serve Indian, Korean and Western dishes.

  • Lodging in Gurvan Saikhan National Park

    Nyamsuren's Family Ger

    The most hospitable and professional family camp and the closest overall option to the tallest dunes (just 1km away), Nyamsuren offers seven immaculate guest gers, each with four beds and hand-painted posts and beams. They can also organise camel treks across the dunes (T50,000 per day, bring you own tent).

  • Lodging in Ongiin Khiid

    Ongiin Khiid Camp

    The smallest and best-value ger camp at Ongiin Khiid features a canteen built to look like a castle. It stays open year-round and has clean, comfortable gers, with four beds and hand-painted doors overlooking a bend in the river. They offer hot showers (T5000) and meals (T7000 to T8000) to all comers.

  • Lodging in Ongiin Khiid

    Ongi Energy Camp

    This recently rebranded camp features a small restaurant with fine river views, and a games building with table tennis and a pool table. They have showers, and 30 well-kept gers decorated with floral tapestries and connected by stone and concrete paths. The staff are warm and speak some English.

  • Lodging in Baga Gazryn Chuluu Nature Reserve

    Baga Gazar Camp

    Opened in 2013, here are 20 tidy gers set on stone foundations, surrounding a main bathhouse and a hexagonal dining room where you can tuck into vegetarian meals if arranged in advance. This is the best tourist camp in the area. Each ger offers one to four beds, so couples can cuddle up here.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Altai

    Entum Hotel

    The smartest and newest hotel in town at research time, Entum is set atop a hill, overlooking the city and just off the highway. All rooms have wood floors, tasteful wallpaper and flat screens; deluxe versions come with a separate living area and a king-sized bed. There's no air-con.

  • Lodging in Bayanzag

    Geleg-Araash's Family Ger

    Geleg-Araash, the father of Sainzaya from Sainzaya's Family Ger, offers 10 gers. Each sleep two to six people and are accented with hand-painted posts and beams. A shower building was under construction when we visited. It doesn't offer meals.

  • Lodging in Bayankhongor City

    Seoul Hotel

    Smart, friendly and well-equipped, this is among the best choices in town, which is why it's frequently fully booked. Some staff speak English, all rooms have attached bathrooms, and breakfast is included. There's a restaurant, cafe and clothing boutique on the property, as well.

  • Lodging in Dalanzadgad

    Khan Uul Hotel & Suite

    More business-oriented, smarter and better-run than any other hotel in town. Staff here speak some English, and the pub lounge was the hippest spot in DZ when we came through. The 2nd-floor restaurant serves a nice roast chicken dinner.

  • Lodging in Gurvan Saikhan National Park

    Baasanhuu Family Ger Camp

    A family ger camp run by a teacher from Ulaanbaatar who decamps to the shadow of the dunes each summer. Gers are simple and clean, the hosts are a delight and her goat's milk tea comes with an extra pinch of salt. This is the only family camp with wi-fi in the national park.