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Monday, February 09, 2015

Amir Kabir Hostel: Budget Hostel in the heart of Isfahan, Iran

If you are planning a holiday to Iran, you must be definitely visiting Isfahan as it is one of the highlights of Iran and it also houses some of the top tourist attractions in Iran. On my recent backpacking trip to Iran, I stayed at Isfahan for 5 days and 5 nights. During this time, I stayed at the Amir Kabir Hostel and the below review is based on this recent experience of mine.

Sheikh Lotloffah Mosque, Isfahan

1) Amir Kabir Hostel is one of the oldest hostels in Isfahan and was recently renovated. They have shoe box style private rooms with shared bathrooms, dormitories and larger private rooms with attached bathrooms for families.

2) The hostel is located right in the middle of central Isfahan tourist district. The bazaar, the square, the bridges, the mosques and basically most of the popular tourist sights are all located within walking distance from this hostel.

3) The hostel does not have an in-house restaurant, but they serve free breakfast and offer water and juices for sale. The free breakfast that they serve is pretty basic, but offers enough for a couple of hours.

4) Even though the hostel is situated right on the main road, it is surprisingly quiet inside the hostel.

5) The private shoe box style rooms are very claustrophobic and limited in terms of space and I won’t recommend it. I stayed at the dormitory and it was like a large room with 5 beds. Much better, but no safety lockers and all.

6) They have free wi-fi in the hostel and like most of Iran, the internet speed varies from slow to medium.

7) All the restaurants, shopping areas, travel agents, etc. are located within walking distance from this hostel.

8) The hostel staff are overall ok, but sometimes they are very good and sometimes they are very bad. Some of them speak English, while the rest speak only Farsi.

This hostel offers great value for money and has prime location, but if you find a better hostel for the same price point, go for it. This is a good backup option.



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