The past five days at Nomads Home have been very good. There is nothing fancy or pretentious about Nomads but it leaves a very positive impression. I’m not the first person this week to say they are sorry to be leaving and I would certainly return if my travels bring me this way again. It’s a simple family-run guesthouse that is friendly, comfortable, calm and welcoming. The previous review about rude and unwelcoming staff is so contrary to my experience here.
Nomads accommodation options vary. You can pitch your own tent in the garden – or sleep in your vehicle (or roof-top tent) in the secure parking area (one of the parking spots is not covered). There is a mixed dorm with bunk-beds for those seeking a low-budget option. There is a room with a single bed and a double room with two single beds. Then there is ‘my’ yurt with three single beds, which I have found to be very comfortable and enjoyable.
There is only one shower and one toilet (western style) but they seem to be sufficient and I haven’t witnessed any queuing for the facilities. Another reviewer mentioned the toilet being a 'cesspit'. I can only assume they are referring to the 'squat box' at the bottom of the garden that isn't used by guests.
Socialising with other guests takes place outside. There is a long table with benches as well as a carpeted platform for sitting/lounging (both covered by a roof). Being popular with overlanders and back-packers, there is a good chance that one of the guests will have information that will be useful. It is also nice to be able to meet like-minded travellers and to talk about each others experiences. And the wifi is fast and free!
There is a fridge in which you can store food and drink items. There is an electric two-burner stove for cooking meals and a kettle. Nomads’ can provide breakfast and dinner with advance notice (at a fee), but most guests tend to fend for themselves. There are grocery stores and cafes within easy walking distance.
There is secure parking, behind a locked gate, for three four-wheel vehicles. There is also space for bicycles and motorcycles. There are a number of clothes lines for hanging out your laundry. You can also utilise Nomads’ washing machine (for a fee). The owners are always here (this is their home) and are very approachable and friendly. They will provide directions and assist with things such as booking appointments with embassies.
The front gate is locked at midnight, so ensure you’re home on time (otherwise you might find yourself having to climb over). However, most guests tend to be in bed by 10.30am.
I initially had a hard time finding the place, as my Garmin took me somewhere else when I used the address. The GPS coordinates for Nomads are N 42.88853 E 074.62936. The address is Drevesnaya 10. The Nomads Home website is https://sites.google.com/site/nomadshome/ where there is a map showing the location.
- Also Known As:
- Nomad's Home Bishkek, Asia