“Average, location OK for major attractions. Two-tiered pricing remains?”
Unfortunately, in contrast to ticket prices at major attractions, maybe I am missing something but the duel pricing for hotels appears to remain. Iranshahr Hotel is described in Lonely Planet is “reliable”. Having stayed there twice now (ie: stayed there, travelled around Iran a bit, returned for two nights before departing Iran), I’m not sure what that means. First time I was not told breakfast was included in the rate. I only discovered this the second time when I wondered in. Location is OK (20~25,000 tomans to the IKA airport which is between 75~90 minutes drive away, unless you can haggle it down: 6~8,000 to Mehrabad) Quite frankly, most of the reasonable (ie: medium) levels of accommodation are in the middle of Tehran, which coincides where most of the torust attractions are (central/southern Tehran). The old US Embassy is literally up the block: be careful taking photos.
That said, attractions aside, the best bit of Tehran, by far, are the northern parts. Better air, friendlier people, better food options (there’s not a lot around the hotel but you can’t blame the hotel for that). Getting here from this hotel (most are around the same few blocks actually) poses challenges, especially since the subway – which maps indicate is complete – is, well, not. But I digress..
... the wireless internet a definite advantage but bandwidth appeared v narrow (it was very, very slow). Cable TV has 100’s of channels, approximately 2 of which are in English. Don’t bother asking for “non smoking room” either. The doormen were very friendly/always ready with a smile, which made returning a pleasant experience. Front desk was OK, but English was limited (that doesn’t faze me, but it might others)
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