Almaty, the former capital of Kazakhstan, is the largest and most populous city in the country. It offers myriad accommodation options that suit every travelling budget and style. Check out our picks below.
- For the budget-conscious traveller
The centrally located no-frills D’Rami Hotel is a steal for budget travellers looking for a comfortable place to rest at night, with rates starting from S$37. The three-star hotel is located close to shops, cafes and eateries, and is within walking distance to the Abay metro station. Nearby sights include the Abay Kazakh State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, a short 5-minute walk away, as well as the Ascension Cathedral in Panfilov Park, which takes a 25 minutes’ walk, or 5 minutes by taxi. Do note that the hotel is located on the third floor of an old building which does not have elevators!
- Stay in Almaty’s most iconic building
The iconic Hotel Kazakhstan that looms over Almaty city was built in 1978, and was designed to withstand a magnitude 9 earthquake. When completed in the 70s, the building was testament to the development and advancement of Soviet engineering.
Since then, newer and swankier hotels have sprouted up in the busy city, but the Soviet-era Hotel Kazakhstan still retains its old-world charm. Its rooftop bar offers panoramic views of the city and the mountains. Rates start from S$65 a night.
Photos from Hotel Kazakhstan
- Relax in the lap of luxury
For those with deeper pockets, the five-star Rixos Amaty is a haven of luxury with rooms priced from S$188 a night. Its facilities include a Turkish bath, a Finnish sauna, an indoor pool, gym, as well as rain and steam rooms.
Rixos Almaty is conveniently located in the heart of the city, on the corner of the Kabanbai Batyr and Seifullin streets. Nearby attractions include the Museum of the History of Alma-Ata as well as the St Nicholas Cathedral, a Russian Orthodox church.
Photos from Rixos Almaty
Top image from Deonisy Mit