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“Great place to meet people & very clean, but very crowded and noisy”
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Sakura Guesthouse
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Sakura Guesthouse
Ranked #7 of 80 Bishkek B&B and Inns
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“Great place to meet people & very clean, but very crowded and noisy”
Reviewed 18 June 2013

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.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

Considering the competition this is a good budget place to stay in Bishkek. It is fairly central (about 10 mins walk to the opera) and the rooms are really clean and tidy. Compared to the other hostels I saw in Bishkek this is about as good as one could get for the price (350som dorm, 900som double and, off season, single occupancy in the double costs 600som, ie about 9 euros). The toilets are shared (no toilet paper provided) as are the showers (good, hot but bring your own towel).
There is no indoor sitting room which could be annoying on cold days but as it is getting a bit warmer now it is OK to sit around the kitchen table which is outside albeit with a rain shield. There is a tiny swimming pool which is probably filled in summer and on the top floor a bit of open roof where clothes are dried and from which one can see the mountains south of the city.

A couple of minor niggles:
a the dorm has no curtains and no hooks to hang things on which is annoying when all 6 beds are full.
b) There are no rubbish bins in the rooms.
c) There could be a few more cups in the communal kitchen - at present there are only two or three which is hardly sufficient.

However, as I said earlier, these are small points compared to the good value overall of this clean, fresh homestay-hostel. Recommended.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 20 March 2013

the woman who owns the house was never smiling. They have a bunch of rooms that have been recently added. Anyhow the place still looks like a building site. At one point, there were people sleeping in the corridor... if it is too overcrowded they should not allow it as it was not very pleasant to walk on top of people lying on the floor just outside our room.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 20 October 2011

Great place to meet other travellers going in all directions and pick up tips or share rides. The rooms are basic and none have bathrooms but the shared facilities are quite clean (except for the basic outdoor kitchen which isn't clean). There's no food, water or toilet paper available but shops are nearby. It's about a 15 minute walk to the main street and the area gets very dark at night but it didn't seem dangerous. There are good shashlik joints and a Chinese restaurant nearby. Owners are pretty helpful and have 2 incredibly cute daughters. They'll do your laundry for free too but you have to hang it up yourself.

  • Stayed September 2011
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Property: Sakura Guesthouse
Address: 38 Michurina, Bishkek 720000, Kyrgyzstan
Region: Kyrgyzstan > Bishkek
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 80 B&Bs / Inns in Bishkek
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 12
Also Known As:
Sakura Guesthouse Bishkek, Asia

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