I spent 3 months in central Asia avoiding upmarket hotels, as most were very disappointing, but there's not much choice in Astana. This place could probably hold its own in the west though.
Staff were generally quite good and many speak English. Hotel was nice if a little sterile in the common areas. The room was smallish (although could have fit an extra desk or table which would have been very useful) but nice, with a good bathroom, tv, good wifi, fridge and a balcony with views over the main square - so it's right in the middle of the old town. Many main sights are across the river but I managed to walk to them (loooong walk to Baiterek though, and taxis, whether official or private, are much rarer here than in Almaty, although they do congregate around many shopping centres).
Breakfast was an extensive buffet but not always high quality (e.g., most fruit was out of a can). Other meals were good but expensive. Mini bar very expensive (5x cost at nearest supermarket).
Overall though, there were no major problems and this was the best upmarket hotel I stayed at in central Asia. Given the price - at the very bottom of the upmarket Astana hotels - I'd definitely return here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand Park Esil is a four star Hotel in Astana. The Hotel has 126 room with air-conditioning system, separate water reservoir, diesel generator and boiler for uninterrupted cold and hot water and electrical power supply. It is located at the Central Square of the capital of Kazakhstan, nearby the governmental offices, museums, banks, shopping malls, and river promenade and park area. ... more less
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