It may no longer be the capital but Almaty remains the country’s largest and most populous city and its commercial and cultural heart. A haven for the arts, visit to experience a different culture as well as underexplored landscapes and valleys. The best places to stay in Almaty provide both contemporary chic and traditional wonders.
With its tree-lined boulevards and public squares Almaty is strangely reminiscent of a European city. Whilst the shimmering skyscrapers of the financial sector mirror the snow-capped Zailiysky Alatau in the distance, the cacophonous Green Market is a reminder of the old Silk Road.There's a wide range of things to do and see taking in both the modern and ancient.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Almaty are all centrally located and offer excellent bases for exploring this fascinating city.
Renovated in 2010, Saltanat's sleek interiors attract an international crowd. Modern rooms are decorated in neutral palettes with pops of colour, featuring laptops and stylish bathrooms. There is a gym and restaurant and you are walking distance from the dining and boutiques of Almaty's 'Old Town'.
Listed hotel located on the historic 'Gold Square'. Rooms are contemporary with polished wood floors and brightly upholstered sitting areas featuring large, mosaic tiled bathrooms. Orange restaurant serves gourmet Kazakh cuisine and Bastau Bar fine cocktails. There is a hammam, indoor pool and gym.
A worldwide name providing unquestionable service. There is a global buffet breakfast and gourmet food at Asian Café, Belvedere and Bosphorus restaurants. There is an indoor pool, tennis courts, hammam and spa. Rooms are classic in style with plushly upholstered furnishings and modern bathrooms.
Past the Grand Budapest Hotel exterior this property provides a stately stay. Featuring private balconies rooms are decorated in floral wallpaper, traditional tiled floors and ornate furniture. Marble bathrooms have separate jacuzzi baths and shower. There is a 2200 m² and world cuisine restaurant.