It seems like all independent travelers going through Bishkek stay here: cyclists, people on epic overland jeep or motorcycle trips, and plain old backpackers.
This means that it is a great place to meet people, but it also means that it is very crowded and often full. When all the beds are full they will allow some people to sleep in an open area on the top floor, and even then they still have to turn people away. The popularity is not only because it is a great place to meet people, but also because it has free wifi and is spectacularly clean... the fact that it is run by a Japanese man (and his Kyrgyz wife, who actually runs the place with the assistance of a local girl) may have something to do with this, but at any rate the bathrooms are pristine and the rooms quite clean as well.
On the downside, the popularity of the place means it is quite crowded, and it can be difficult to sleep sometimes because a number of rooms open directly onto the common yard, and people stay up late and chat. Sometimes they stay up quite late, and this is actually kind of understandable because there's nothing to really see or do in Bishkek, yet people often end up staying for a week or more while waiting for visas to get processed (Bishkek is a pretty good place to get this kind of stuff sorted out). So a lot of the people are staying for some time, and they have nothing to do but talk and socialize. And actually this can make it kind of difficult to meet people, because they've already formed their social groups.
They also have a kitchen, but it's very small and can be difficult to get access to when other people also want to cook.
The owners are friendly and will help you get around and let you know what bus to catch and where marshrutkas leave from, without trying to pressure you to take a taxi or buy a ticket or anything from them.
- Also Known As:
- Sakura Guesthouse Bishkek, Asia