I stayed three nights at the beginning of my two week and then again on the last night before my flight back.
I wanted a hotel which had a central location and one that was clean and modern. This hotel was perfect for these reasons and many more.
Staff: I was pleasantly surprised. In Iran, as friendly and welcoming as Iranians generally are, you do not get that customer service that we are accustomed to in the UK. So I wasn't expecting much. But the staff very helpful and welcoming. It was the kind of attitude that I would expect from 5* hotels in other countries, except this hotel is technically 3*. Reception staff were always smiling and welcoming. Even the guy opening the door to the guys who show you to your room were friendly. The restaurant staff were also exceptional, it felt like dining at the Ritz.
Building/Rooms: Again I was pleasantly surprised. Rooms were very similar to Holiday Inn and Travelodge hotels in the UK. Comfortable beds, modern bathrooms, strong air conditioning (essential for Tehran) and most important of all, Samsung TV's with channels including BBC news and Euronews. Bathroom had a very good shower, toiletries such as shampoos, slippers and hairdryers are included. The mini fridge was very reasonably priced. You could also order room service from the Coffee Shop up until midnight with amazing milkshakes and snacks. The actual hotel building itself looks like a modern apartment building in Tehran from the outside and reasonably chic on the inside.
Most important of all, FREE WIFI! Fast enough to stay in touch using apps such as Whatsap, Viber and for checking emails. Don't expect to be able to stream any media as internet is generally slow in Iran anyway.
Hotel restaurant: Great food! I ate there a couple of times, twice for breakfast (freshly made eggs and omelettes plus the usual butter and jam... I had dinner twice as well. First night I had Kabab which was very good and on my final night I ordered the special steak which was by far the best steak i've had anywhere in the world! Waiters were very professional and the actual restaurant had a nice ambience. I thought they are playing a really nice CD with relaxing piano. It turned out to be someone playing the piano live! I just didn't see him until halfway through my meal!
Location: Excellent location. Most of Tehran's good hotels are situated in the North of the city. However these are usually quite old as they were built in the 70's. Escan Hotel has a great central location that is very easy to access both the north of the city (20 mins by Metro) and the south (again 20 mins by metro). The closest metro station, Ferdousi Square, is only a 2 min walk from the hotel. The hotel was walking distance to the Bazaar, Golestan Palace, Vali Asr road, Parke Honarmandan (Artist's Park), Jewellery Museum, British and American embassies and most importantly Ferdousi Square where everyone goes to exchange their Pounds, Euros and Dollars into Rial and vice versa. The hotel was also only 15 mins from the internal Mehrabad Airport if you wish to take a plane to other cities in Iran and also easier to access IKA International due to its central location (IKA is to the south of the city).
I would 100% stay here again and I really wouldn't recommend any other hotel. Maybe don't expect 5*, but if you wish to be comfortable and have a good clean place to rest amid busy Tehran, you couldn't pick a better hotel. The majority of people staying here were foreign and iranian businessmen. I also saw a couple of families. Contact them via email if you wish to reserve. They were very quick in responding.
- Also Known As:
- Escan Hotel Tehran