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“Ideally located - a hotel where you feel like being in Uzbekistan”
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Sasha & Son
Ranked #7 of 23 Hotels in Bukhara
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Munich, Germany
Level 6 Contributor
53 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Ideally located - a hotel where you feel like being in Uzbekistan”
Reviewed 27 August 2010

Really charming place, located at the entrance of the old City and with the feel of 1001 nights. It has airconditioning and satellite TV. You really feel like being in Uzbekistan, unlike in the sterile and excessively expensive business hotels that you find all over in Central Asia.

There was a slight smell in the bathroom and the receptionists were a bit distanced. However, for 60 EUR a night this is definitely (incl. breakfast) a top-value proposition.

Apart from the "obligatory" lunch at the Havuz and the Dinner-Show at the Nodir Devonbegi Medrese (last one disappointing, as it was more a shopping event than the promised cultural experience) try something outside of old town, eg the Ismoel, where we had great grilled meat and you can also mix with the locals.

If you look spontaneously for a tourist guide, then ask any receptionist at one of the hotels around the Havuz, and they will quickly find you someone (price is ridicously cheap for only 5USD per hour).

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
Level 6 Contributor
114 reviews
111 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 June 2010

This is a great little hotel in a perfect location just a few minutes walk from the very heart of Bukhara. Rooms are quaint and comfortable. Breakfast is also quite nice with the hotel offering a choice of eggs or Russian pancakes as well as a selection of cereal, cold cuts, and vegetables. The hotels WiFi does not work with Apple devices; however, there are plenty of internet cafes near by so this isn't a huge issue. Note: if you work with the owner, they can help you configure your device to work with their system; however, it probable isn't worth it as the connection is slow and this takes a bit of time.

My favorite things about the property:

- proximity to the center of the city
- nice courtyard with attractive seating areas
- friendly staff
- location in restored older building

Don't expect 4 stars but expect a very good property with local character / charm and a very motivated owner operator who seems to really care about his guests.

Showers and plumbing were very good (a big plus for this region). Rooms also had good air conditioning (another plus for hotels in this region). Only negative is that laundry is a little pricey vs. other properties in Uzbekistan but it is still very reasonable by international standards.

One piece of advice: if it is hot, leave your curtains and shutters closed. This will help keep the room from heating up while you are away during the day.

Also, like every other hotel we visited during my trip through Central Asia, expect instant coffee. If you are desperate for a better cup of coffee, pack a few packets of VIA from Starbucks.

  • Stayed May 2010
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Stockholm, Sweden
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2010

After having stayed in a worn down hotel in Samarkand it was wonderful to enter S&S. It's overly decorated but that's actually very nice. It reminded me of Pippi Longstockings house Villa Villerkulla. Very nice athmosphere with clean and fairly big rooms, lot's of comfy seating arrangements outside in the inner courtyards. We were a big group that occupied the whole hotel and we immediately felt like a big family. The staff did not really match the environment. Reliable but not very social. The breakfast was nothing to write home about.
Highly recommended - and the location is perfect.

  • Stayed May 2010
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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38 reviews
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Reviewed 27 April 2010

Sasha and Son is located steps from "Lyabi Haus" in the (former) Jewish sector of Old Bukhara. Although there are other hotels in the old part of town, there is not a hotel that is as fun to stay in as Sasha and Son.

The first thing you notice as you enter the hotel is the neighborhood. Steps from other old houses, and located down an alley that can only be reached on foot, you're transported back several centuries. The lobby is unremarkable, but the staff all speak English, Russian, and Uzbek, minimally, and are very friendly.

To get to your room, you depart through the lobby into the inner courtyard area. Pretty, shuttered windows look out on the courtyard, and comfortable tables with Uzbek pottery and plants make you feel comfortable. There are corridors that lead to other courtyards with other rooms.

There are not a lot of rooms, so the hotel doesn't feel crowded, even when it is full.

Each room is decorated in the old Uzbek style, with colorful bedspreads and wooden cut-outs and plaster molding on the walls. The ceilings are authentic old wood, and someone has spent a great deal of time painting the cut-outs on the walls in old Uzbek pottery style. There is a simple, 13-inch TV with satellite (maybe 2 or 3 English-language news stations, French, German, and Chinese, as well). There is a simple bathroom with a walk-in shower and toilet, and you are provided with a hairdryer, soap, and a sachet of two-in-one shampoo/conditioner. The towels are clean and adequate. There is an air conditioner, for which you will be very grateful during the warmer months, when it gets above 40C/100F.

Breakfast in the morning is also simple. There is a buffet with cold cuts and cheese, bread, jam, and instant coffee and tea bags. A waiter will give you the choice between two hot breakfast entrees, usually one egg-based and one sweet (pancakes or crepes). If you ask, the front desk will deliver a delicious hot pot of tea to your room for less than a dollar at any time of the day.

You will be just a block or so from the Lyabi Haus square (where you can have meals at the restaurant overlooking the pond) and plenty of tourist shopping. Walk two or three blocks more, and you'll be in the heart of the ancient city. Stay at Sasha and Son, and you're unlikely to need a vehicle at all.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with family
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Italy, France
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2010

We have stayed in here for 70Us$ per day per night at the end of march 2010 for 3 nights.
This period is considered very low season.
Since rooms big enough for containing our2 small children were not found Hotel offered an additional room at 45$.
Rooms areuniquely decorated with "intense" painting. Some of our friends found this not relaxing because of the generous use of red that overwhelmed them and eventually led them to change hotel. Satelite in room but only few channels are available and most of them are russian or local. rooms also sport a fridge, air conditionning and so-so furniture. I had a feeling that cleaning was done not in detail. Bathrooms are decent but you have to wait 10 minutes with open tap before hot water starts to flow. Some common area areas are nice
At breakfast you get eggs and pancakes. Cheese and tomatoes are available but forget about any bacon. Coffee is kind of nescafe and staffcannot warm your milk. Hotel provides jam and juice with a disgusting taste. Juice can be bought in a shop nearby.
Prices were quoted in Us$ and, against the law, they ment it: bill should have been converted into local currency at the official rate (1550 zum for a dollar). Since we were in hurry we did not insisted on that but when we made the point in another hotel in Bukhara managent had to comply with the law. A local jar broken by one of our sons was charged very dearly to our bill.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2009

We spent 2 nights at this hotel and really enjoyed our stay. We chose this hotel because it offered the opportunity to stay in the home of a traditional bukharian merchant, with all the associated traditional architecture and decor.

The bedrooms are off a series of interconnected courtyards and all the ones I saw appeared to be very spacious. The rooms had twin beds (most have twin beds rather than doubles), table with chairs, mini-bar/fridge, small wardrobe, air con and are equipped with satelite tv. It was also spotlessly clean which wasn't the case with every hotel we stayed in Uzbekistan. The main selling point though is the traditional bright coloured paintings on all the walls, very unique. The bathrooms in this hotel were the best we encounterd in Uzbekistan, they were very spacious, had corner baths with shower, a large sink/vanity unit and toilet. The hotel is on the edge of Lyabi Hauz, an easy walk to most of the tourist sites and close to all the restaurants recommended in our guide book. The breakfast was good, either pancakes or eggs cooked to order, along with a buffet selection of bread, fruit, juice, tea/coffee and biscuits. Each evening they ask you what time you'd like breakfast the next day and they expect you to stick to it, we were chased up one morning for being 15 minutes late!

The main disadvantage of this hotel is it's used by several tour companies, this can result in feeling a little sidelined as the staff rush around to cater to the tour group. Also we booked about 3 weeks in advance and had initally wanted to stay a 3rd night, the booking was initally accepted and then reduced to 2 nights, admittedly within a couple of hours, to allow them to cater for a tour group that had just booked.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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East Yorkshire
Level 6 Contributor
352 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2009

Good hotel located 2 minutes from the 'action' of Bukhara. Our rooms were around one small courtyard and were fairly large, twin beds, fridge, aircon and a large bathroom with a shower over a corner bath. The walls were all hand painted with plaster designs. It was possible to sit in our courtyard and have a drink and relax, fine for summer but perhaps less so in the cold winter months. As other reviewers have stated there was a smell within the bathroom however it was not too unpleasant. Lighting in the room was low however reading was possible using the bedside lights.
Breakfast was fine with eggs/pancakes cooked to order every morning. All staff were well trained and pleasant. It was also useful talking to Sasha himself. There are other similar small hotels in and around this old quarter of Bukhara which would be equally charming. Although located in small alley way it is so close to the centre and to eating places and Bukhara appears very safe.. We did not eat at night in the hotel but walked to restauarnts/cafes in the town, there are several around the Lyab-I-Hauz, one near to the lyab-i-hauz on a rooftop and one again with several floors overlooking the Kalon minaret. In need of something other than Uzbek food we turned right from the end of the alley, walked away from the Lyab-i-hauz and after agood five minutes walk found an excellent italian restaurant.
Bukhara really lends itself to 'wandering' and has shops, bazzars and madrassers where the vendors although keen to make a sale like to talk and engage without the hard sell. There is much to see and being based in Sasha and son means it can all be accessed on foot. Its worth paying for the 'wine tasting' if you like wine in the company of an engaging uzbek couple, the puppet show and if it rocks your boat the fashion show,
We could not really fault the hotel, it is however well known and because of this will get full and attract a number of bigger groups.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with friends
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Property: Sasha & Son
Address: Bukhara, Uzbekistan
Region: Uzbekistan > Bukhara Province > Bukhara
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Ranked #7 of 23 Hotels in Bukhara
Number of rooms: 20
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