Location is always a key consideration when booking city accomodations in the largest city in Central Asia. The Grand Mir Hotel, 2 Mirobod Street, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, is a short drive from both the Tashkent International Airport and the Central Railway Station yet it’s considered a downtown hotel and is surrounded by the offices of international businesses.
Water splashes in the fountain at the covered entrance to the hotel. Inside, a large lobby with plenty of seating and a gift shop welcomes guests. Next to the check-in counter was a small table of complementary treats — iced tea and cookies (refreshments for the travel weary).
There are 126 rooms with all the usual amenities (hair dryer, television, bottled water). The room was clean and tidy. The furnishings are OK, but a little dated (hint: hotels don’t use bedspreads anymore). Guest rooms are ready for a 21st-Century-worthy remodeling.
Although I didn’t have time to check out the fitness center, swimming pool, or the spa, I did make good use of the free WiFi.
Breakfast is included in the room rate, which starts about $160. There’s a reservation form on the hotel website, but you can also use one of the usual booking sites.
(Photos by Susan McKee)