We stayed here for 2 nights on our trip through Uzbekistan. Having stayed at the Malika Kheivak in Khiva I was kind of expecting this hotel to be similar, but I feel it was slightly better. On arrival the exterior looks well presented and cared for. The lobby is quite nice and airy, although could do with a bit more natural light!
Checking-In was quick and we were assigned a room on the first floor with a balcony on the front of the hotel which was nice. The room itself was clean, slightly more modern than Khiva, and with a better mattress (although quite firm). The bed was a double but was pushed up against the wall, which was a bit inconvenient but not the end of the world!
The hotel is well located in central Samarkand, next to the amazing Guir-E-Amir Mausoleum, and about a 15min walk from the Registan (which at the time of writing was undergoing extensive rennovations, and is likely to be so for about a month).
A couple of minor gripes mean this hotel only gets a 3* rating. The first is problems with the room, i.e. a plug socket (with plug inserted) physically hanging off the wall in the bathroom, a shower head clip that didn't secure the shower head, meaning you personally had to hold the shower head as you used it, and the balcony door handle that came off in my hand when I went to lock it. Also the "restaurant" isn't actually a restaurant, it's just a room with tables, that happens to be where Breakfast is served. Quite annoyingly they don't serve any other food at the hotel - in that respect the Malika website is misleading in stating there's a restaurant. I wonder if i'd turned up with a coach-tour of people if they would then suddenly do food!! Also there was no free wifi as there was in Malika Kheivak, I was told it was 3000 som for the day, and that was only in the lobby/common areas which we declined. And yes, I know this is Uzbekistan, but even so, simple repairs to the above things aren't difficult!
With regard to food, the best place is the Cafe Magistr, about a 10min walk past the Registan Plaza Hotel (this was recommended by reception, and to be fair was a good choice). They have a very extensive menu in english, do good, fresh coffee and also do breakfasts (much better than the hotel, although you have to pay obviously!) like pancakes, and have free wifi. It caters mainly for a younger crowd as it's near the University, but has a nice atmosphere with good staff.
As I've said with Khiva, Uzbekistan is very slowly becoming more popular, and many hotels in Samarkand are soon to undergo complete rennovations so I hear, to bring them more up to date to cater for more tourists. This is most evident thus far if you wander into the giant Registan Plaza Hotel across the roundabout. Malika will seriously need to up their game and modernise and repair their hotels - especially when guests are paying upwards of $75 per night. On the plus side though the staff are friendly and were helpful when we enquired about taxis etc, and ordered one to take us to the station, and they gave us a good rate of exchange on the US dollar.
Overall, I would probably stay again, but only if something more modern for the same price didn't rise up from the sands of Samarkand between now and then.
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