Formerly known as Akmola, in 1997 the new capital (meaning, ahem, ‘The Capital’) was unveiled to eagerly awaiting Kazakhs. After an unprecedented makeover it was transformed into the 21st century metropolis it is today. Astride the Ishim River the ‘new’ town is an architectural mecca with a sprinkling of Norman Foster creations; whilst the ‘old’ town remains a warren of crumbling Soviet structures. The best places to stay in Astana evoke the aspirations of this showroom city.
From the Bayterek, a 97m high structure depicting a story from traditional Kazakh folklore to the Norman Foster creations of the Khan Shatyr and the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation there is plenty to see and do in this city.
Whether your visit is for business or leisure, our pick of the best places to stay in Astana are all ideally located for making the most of this city.
Walking distance from many of Astana's attractions this modern hotel has a boutique feel. Rooms are decorated in creams and blues with exposed brick and antique pictures. 'Fergana' serves traditional Uzbek dishes; continental meals are also available. There is a billiards room, spa, gym and pool.
Providing guests with a contemporary stay, bright and airy rooms are decorated with primary colour accents and feature modern bathrooms. There is a gym and a restaurant serving modern cuisine including a buffet breakfast. Abundant meeting and conference facilities make it ideal for business travel.
Located walking distance from Astana's main sights this hotel provides a central stay. Good sized rooms with modern fittings, enjoy views across the striking skyline. Enjoy local delicacies at Garden Grille and 24/7 snacks at Pavilion Pantry. There is a gym, sauna and excellent business facilities.
Part of the Radisson group this is a reliable stay. Rooms range from contemporary chic in earthy hues to polished parquet floors and ornate silks. Barkhat Lounge is a trendy dining experience and there is even a club and micro brewery. An expansive spa, gym and pool complete the stellar facilities.