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Burj al Salam
Ranked #9 of 12 Hotels in Sanaa
Riga, Latvia
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“We had a comfortable stay at this hotel”
Reviewed 4 July 2011

I stayed at this hotel with some of my colleagues for a period of 5 days and during my entire stay I did not find anything to complain about this place. The location is great. We had booked a suite. It was clean, spacious enough and well maintained. I could get a beautiful view of the outside from our room. The bathroom had a hot water shower. The food was great. The staffs were friendly and warm. One should not miss the view of Sanaa from the terrace while at this hotel. It is simply wonderful. It adds more beauty to this hotel. I would like to stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 9 March 2011

The hotel is in a typical old stone house in a good location right in the middle of old Sana'a. The building has been sympathetically converted to a hotel so that it retains a lot of traditional character and rooms have traditional Yemeni furniture made of carved dark wood. On the 7th and 8th floors (there is a lift) there are rooftop terraces and a restaurant with great views over the city. Breakfast and evening meal were simple but fine. The hotel does not serve alcohol. The staff were friendly and helpful. For a fee, wi-fi is available in the lobby area and, in theory at least, on the rooftop terrace. The only negative point is the noise at night (the call to prayer at 05h00 from the nearby mosque and what seemed to be a pack of dogs barking their way round the city) but I guess these would apply to any hotel in the old city and should perhaps anyway be seen as part of the experience of staying in the historic centre.

  • Stayed February 2011
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toronto
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Reviewed 27 June 2010

I enjoyed my stay at the hotel very much. Like other visitors, I think the views from the roof are quite wonderful, and the roof, along with the location, is what makes the hotel such a good choice. The staff is very friendly and very helpful. The rooms, however, are small, and the bathrooms tiny. The rooms in the suites are more spacious but for a much higher price. The dinners were fine, but the breakfasts were a disappointment. There was little choice and the food was bland. However, who's going to Yemen for the food? The country is gorgeous, and old Sanaa is fascinating and wonderful. By all means try this hotel; it's not perfect, but it's very comfortable and brilliantly located.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled solo
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2010

I stayed at the hotel in April after a friend told me about it. My expectations were not very high. I wanted to stay in a small hotel that was locally owned and would display the most possible way of the Yemeni lifestyle.
The hotel has a great location. A small roof bar where you can smoke shisha at night. I was a solo traveller and met great people from all over during my stay. The front desk organized a tour with Nomadic travel. It was amazing!!! The driver spoke fluently English and i had the time of my life seeing the ancient Yemen sights of which many are under world heritage protection.
Do not expect a fancy hotel or super tidy rooms etc. It is a very low key hotel built in a very simply old arabic style. If you are the kind of traveller that is looking for a simply place in the heart of the old town of Sanaa then this is the place to go! And for 35$ a night, i think the deal is just amazing!

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled solo
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1 Thank JVT113
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2010

I booked this hotel because I heard good reputations on trip advisor but it was a good choice indeed! The scene from my hotel room was just beautiful. It's like a dream to see that magnificant view from your room and this hotel has a nice terrace on the top where you can enjoy meals while enjoying the unforgetable scenery. It's not the scenery that's great about this hotel. The rooms meets international standards and very comfortable with hot shower . The meal including the breakfast was really good served by friendly staffs. The reception was helpful and attentive and the hotel is run by a nice Italian woman, who I enjoyed a chat during my stay.
I highly recomend this hotel to those thinking of visiting the old city of Sanaa.The experience here was unforgetable and I want to come back again myself.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled solo
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Thank TG641
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Paris
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2010

The other reviews have it spot on: the staff is great and eager to make your stay wonderful, the location cannot be beat and the athmosphere is unique. The rooftop restaurant has amazing views and is probably one of the best sunset spots in Sanaa.

There are cons but none of them puts the hotel at fault:
- water pressure in the showers is low and hot water is hit or miss, but this is Yemen and when you are aware of the water shortages the country and Sanaa are facing, this is really a "rich man's" complaint
- the mosques around it are noisy: yes the muezzin calls will wake you up at 4am, but that's part of the clture of the country and it adds to the atmosphere of the place. Earplugs do wonders!

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank Woofy68
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Katowice, Poland
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2010

Well... I have chosen this hotel after reading comments on the tripadvisor. Anyway in some aspects it was a mistake. The only good thing one can say about Burj al Salaam is the location- in the center of the Old Town in Sanaa. If I should reccommend this hotel I should remain silence about all other things. First of all- I've paid 85 USD for a single room in the advertised as the four star hotel. This hotel according to any standards should have no more than 2 stars and I get the room in standard of a guesthouse. Bathroom was rather dirty, as well as the room. Of course some of the guests seemed to be impressed by the "yemeni" decoration and furniture what for me seems rather a joke. Do not believe in the internet in the rooms or in the lobby- it has worked maybe twice (shortly) during the three days stay- with the speed of 10kB-even sending a short e-mail lasted centuries- an of course forget about Skype. Views in the rooftop restaurant splendid but food overpriced and lat say average. If You try to start your breakfest early -at 7 a.m. (as I was informed at the reception restaurant should start even earlier) you will find there nothing apart of bread and jam) later the selection is not much better... Just nearby is located a mosque so don't believe that they let you sleep... Staff rather helpful but without any exeggeration... I know that it is a hotel in poor (but very nice and friendly) city and country- but if you need any comfort choose Movenpick or Royal International in the New City. The value for money ratio is absolutely one of the poorest I have found in the world.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled on business
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2 Thank jelonad
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Additional Information about Burj al Salam

Property: Burj al Salam
Address: No 2898 P.O. | Old City, Sanaa, Yemen
Region: Yemen > Sanaa
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 12 Hotels in Sanaa
Hotel Class:4 star — Burj al Salam 4*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Burj Al Salam has 47 rooms and suites carefully furnished with typical and hand-made furniture. The decor offers a taste of true Yemeni lifestyle to be experienced by the guests at the hotel. It is the one and only four-star hotel in the town, with coffee shop and regular restaurant. ... more   less 
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