Iran Hotels: A Comprehensive Guide by Trip to Persia | Booking Tips & Top Accommodations

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Iran Hotels: A Comprehensive Guide by Trip to Persia | Booking Tips & Top Accommodations

Iran, with its rich cultural heritage and breathtaking landscapes, attracts travelers from all corners of the world. Despite the challenges posed by US sanctions, tourists often struggle to access reliable information about Iran's hotels. This has led to misconceptions about the accommodations available in Iran. But worry not, Trip To Persia is here to provide you with authentic and unbiased information about Iran hotels. With two decades of experience in the Iran tourism industry, Trip To Persia has firsthand knowledge of the hotels and can paint an accurate picture of what you can expect.

Table of Contents :

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    Iran Hotel Reservation - The Challenge of Online Booking

    What is the best time to book hotels in Iran?

    Iran hotel reservation and cancellation rules:

    How to pay for Hotels in Iran?

    Iran Hotel Reservation - Tips and Tricks

    Iran Hotel Reservation - Book with Ease

    Hotel Amenities in Iran: A Guide to Different Star Ratings

     Iran's Top Luxury and 5-Star Hotels

    The difference between 4* and 5* hotels

    Iran Airport Hotels

    Hotels near Tehran International Exhibition

     A Journey Through Time: The Oldest Hotel in Iran

    Discovering the Biggest and Best Hotel in Iran

    The Ultimate Escape: Staying at an Overwater Hotel

    Iran Boutique Hotels

    Iran Budget Hotels

    Iran 1 star and 2 star hotels

    Bars in Iran Hotels

     

     

    Iran Hotel Reservation - Tips and Tricks

    Booking your Iran hotel reservation is easy if you follow these tips:

    1. Book in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons, to have a wider range of options and secure the best rates.

    2. Check for the hotel's amenities and facilities such as air conditioning, Wi-Fi, television, and cleanliness standards.

    3. Choose accommodations that cater to your budget and needs, from budget-friendly options to luxurious stays.

    4. Consider additional amenities such as restaurants, swimming pools, and fitness centers to enhance your experience.

    How to pay for Hotels in Iran?

    Cash is the only accepted form of payment for tourists in Iran. Credit cards, including Visa and MasterCard, are not accepted in Iran due to international sanctions. There are a few exceptions, such as some high-end hotels and restaurants in Tehran, but these are rare.

    Hotels in Iran typically accept payment in cash only, as credit cards, including Visa and MasterCard, are not widely accepted due to international sanctions. As a result, travelers should plan to bring enough cash to cover their hotel expenses when visiting Iran.

    The best currencies to bring are US dollars or euros, which can be exchanged for Iranian Rials at currency exchange shops (Sarrafi) in Iran. It's important to note that exchange rates can fluctuate rapidly, so it's a good idea to shop around for the best rate.

    When paying for your hotel in Iran, it's a good idea to bring a variety of smaller denomination bills, as some businesses may not be able to change larger bills. Additionally, be prepared to count out exact change, as some businesses may not have change machines.

    Overall, to pay for your hotel in Iran, you will need to plan to bring enough cash to cover your expenses and be prepared to exchange your currency for Iranian Rials at a currency exchange shop. It's also a good idea to bring smaller denominations of bills and be prepared to count out exact change when paying for your hotel

    Iran Hotel Reservation - The Challenge of Online Booking

    When it comes to booking a hotel there are several online platforms to choose from. Popular booking websites such as Booking.com, Hotels.com, and Agoda offer a wide selection of hotels. These platforms allow you to compare prices, read reviews from other travelers, and book your accommodations with ease but Due to US sanctions, popular online hotel-booking platforms do not offer their services within Iran's boundaries. The fear of potential blacklisting by the US for collaborating with hotels in Iran has driven this decision. This has led to a significant portion of hotel reservations in Iran relying heavily on trust. Tourists make reservations without any upfront payment and settle the agreed amount upon arrival in Iran.

    Iran hotel reservation and cancellation rules:

    It is important to note that hotel reservations in Iran require advance payment, and cancellation policies vary by each hotel. During Nowruz and summer (March and July to September), cancellation is typically non-refundable, while in other months, it may be negotiable. However, cancellation will result in at least one night no-show fine. Before reserving a room, we recommend you check the cancellation policy with both the hotel and the agency you are booking from. 

    Iran Hotel Reservation - Book with Ease

     

    Booking a hotel in Iran can be challenging due to restrictions on popular online booking platforms. However, to ensure a hassle-free travel experience, Trip to Persia Travel agency offers online booking options for hotels and tours in Iran. Contact Trip to Persia for easy and convenient online booking services for your Iran hotel reservation. Our team will guide you through the reservation process and ensure a comfortable stay during your visit. Book now to explore the beauty of this fascinating country and experience its renowned hospitality.

    Hotel Amenities in Iran: A Guide to Different Star Ratings

    The rating standard of Iran hotels is determined by the Iran Ministry of Tourism in the form of stars. The parameters considered for this rating are as below:

    - Area of the hotel (square meters)

    It may sound strange but one of the criteria of grading hotels in Iran is the size of the building of hotel. So even if a small hotel offers a very good service, it cannot be 5 stars! On the other hand, this is somehow reasonable because additional facilities such as amphitheater hall, various restaurants, gym, swimming pool and spa require a lot of space

     

    -Hotel’s Restaurant

    3, 4 and 5 star hotels have a restaurant and the traveler will be able to have all three meals at the hotel. Also, in 4 and 5 star hotels, it is possible to provide breakfast and food service inside the room.

    -Breakfast

    All 3-star hotels and above in in Iran, offer accommodation with breakfast (BB Service). The variety and quality of breakfast in different hotels is proportional to their star and usually the high variety of breakfast in some hotels surprises travelers. Hot and cold breakfast and sometimes even local breakfast are provided in these hotels.

    - European toilet and Iranian toilet service

    According to the law of the Ministry of Tourism of Iran, all 3-star hotels and above should have private European toilet in each room, but to be sure, check this before booking your room.

    - Air conditioning and heating

    Energy resources are relatively cheap in Iran and cooling/heating devices are available in all hotels of Iran.

    -Cleanliness

    Iranian travelers pay great attention to the hygiene and cleanliness of their hotel rooms. For this reason, hotels generally pay serious attention to this matter. Checking the reviews of other travelers before choosing a hotel will help you to choose your hotel with peace of mind.

    - Towels, slippers, shampoo and soap, toothbrush and toothpaste

    In 3 hotels and above, bathroom and personal hygiene items are available at each room, and it will usually exceed your expectations. For example, in 4- and 5-star hotels and even some 3-star hotels, toothbrushes and toothpaste are provided for free in the room, which is rarely seen in European hotels.

    -Hairdryer

    In 3, 4 and 5 star hotels, there is a hair dryer in all hotel rooms. If there is no hair dryer, you can request it from the hotel reception

    -TV, Satellite

    3, 4 and 5 star hotels have color TV with control. Iranian TV is received through internal signals and is not on satellite. 4 and 5 star hotels have access to several international channels, which usually include some famous news channels

    -Safety Box

    In 4 and 5 star hotels, there is a Safety Box inside the rooms, but in some lower grade hotels, there is a safety box at the reception only.

     

    -Size of Beds

    In 1 to 3 star hotels, the minimum size of a single bed is 190 x 90 cm and for a double bed it is 190 x 140 cm. In 4- and 5-star hotels, the minimum size of a single bed is 200 x 120 cm, and for a double bed, it is 200 x 160 cm. 5-star hotels use boxes instead of beds.

    -Elevator

    In Iran, 4 and 5 star hotels have elevators even if they have two floors, but it is not mandatory for 3 star hotels that have less than 3 floors to have an elevator

     

    -Reception and Night Guard

    4 star and 5 star hotels have 24-hour reception service and your check-in and check-out will face no problems. But in hotels with a lower grade, if you need to enter and leave after midnight, you need to coordinate with the reception in advance.

    - 24-hour Room Service

    24-hour housekeeping is available in 5-star hotels, but in lower-grade hotels, this service is provided once a day

    -Taxi

    4 and 5 star hotels offer transfers with taxis at the expense of travelers.

    Lower grade hotels that do not have a taxi service at the hotel but they usually work with a reliable transportation service company and can arrange city transfers for you.

    -Room Service

    Room service is provided in 4 and 5 star hotels

    - Laundry and ironing facilities

    In 4- and 5-star hotels, there is a laundry and you can use it, but in lower-grade hotels, it is sometimes possible to borrow an iron from the reception. Even in one or two star hotels, if you ask the reception for iron, they usually can provide it for you.

    -Swimming Pool and Gym

    In 4- and 5-star hotels, there are gyms inside the hotel or in the adjacent areas. Also, the indoor or outdoor pool will be available for guests in separate sessions for men and women. Please note that it is not possible for men and women to use the hotel pool at the same time. In 5-star hotels, saunas and Jacuzzis or individual massage rooms are also available. But according to our experience, you shouldn't count too much on these services in Iranian hotels. If these services are important to you, make sure about their availability before booking.

    -Conference Room

    5-star hotels have conference rooms that are bookable by paying extra charges.

    -Parking Lot

    In 3, 4 and 5-star hotels, there are open or covered parking spaces for guests. If you have a car group tour, make sure about the capacity of hotel’s parking space before booking.

    -Internet

    In 3, 4 and 3 star hotels, free Wi-Fi is available in the lobby and public area of hotel. Wi-Fi quality in 3 star hotels is not very satisfying though.

    In general the internet speed is low in most Iran hotels. The best solution for tourists is to use SIM card internet, which has a much better quality.

    -Tea maker and Tea bags

    In 4 and 5 star hotels each room has a tea maker and some tea bags (one for each guest). You can use it without any extra fees

    -Exchange Office:

    If you stay in one of the Iran 5-star hotels, you will be able to access the currency exchange office in the hotel and exchange your money.

    Iran's Top Luxury and 5-Star Hotels

    No

    Hotel

    City

    1

    Espinas Palace

    Tehran

    2

    Espinas International

    Tehran

    3

    Rexan

    Tehran

    4

    Azadi

    Tehran

    5

    Esteghlal

    Tehran

    6

    Laleh

    Tehran

    7

    Homa

    Tehran

    8

    Persian Plaza

    Tehran

    9

    Taj Mahal

    Tehran

    10

    Wisteria

    Tehran

    11

    Grand Dariush

    Kish

    12

    Marina Park

    Kish

    13

    Panorama

    Kish

    14

    Shayan

    Kish

    15

    Shayegan

    Kish

    16

    Kish International

    Kish

    17

    Mirage

    Kish

    18

    Aramis Plus

    Kish

    19

    Iran

    Kish

    20

    Vida

    Kish

    21

    Toranj

    Kish

    22

    Kourosh

    Kish

    23

    Parmis

    Kish

    24

    Ghasr

    Mashhad

    25

    Almas 2

    Mashhad

    26

    Homa 1

    Mashhad

    27

    Homa 2

    Mashhad

    28

    Mojalal Darvishi

    Mashhad

    29

    Ghasr Tlaee

    Mashhad

    30

    Madineh AlReza

    Mashhad

    31

    Sinoor

    Mashhad

    32

    Pardisan

    Mashhad

    33

    Garnd Park Hayat

    Mashhad

    34

    Pars

    Mashhad

    35

    Parsis

    Mashhad

    36

    Chamran

    Shiraz

    37

    Grand

    Shiraz

    38

    Zandieh

    Shiraz

    39

    Homa

    Shiraz

    40

    Persepolis

    Shiraz

    41

    Abbasi

    Isfahan

    42

    Kowsar

    Isfahan

    43

    Pars El Goli

    Tabriz

    44

    Shahriar

    Tabriz

    45

    Laleh Park

    Tabriz

    46

    Laleh Kandovan

    Tabriz

    47

    Safayieh

    Yazd

    48

    Pars

    Kerman

    49

    Kadus

    Rasht

    50

    Moein

    Fuman

    51

    Respina

    Lahijan

    52

    Setareh Darya

    Langrud

    53

    Azadi

    Chalus

    54

    Venus Plus

    Chalus

    55

    Botanic

    Gorgan

    56

    Mizban

    Babol

    57

    Morvarid Khazar

    Mahmoud Abad

    58

    Saraye Ameriha

    Kashan

    59

    Homa

    Bandar Abbas

    60

    Hormoz

    Bandar Abbas

    61

    Persian Gulf

    Bandar Abbas

    62

    Pars

    Ahvaz

    63

    Ana

    Urmia

    64

    Deniz

    Urmia

    65

    Parsian

    Kermanshah

    66

    Laleh Bistun

    Kermanshah

    67

    Pars Carevanserai

    Abadan

    68

    Haleh (Laleh)

    Baneh

    69

    Shapur Khast

    Khoram Abad

    70

    Emperial

    Jolfa

    71

    Amir Kabir

    Arak

    The difference between 4* and 5* hotels:

    Iran's 5-star hotels are located in touristic and big cities, and you can usually stay in 4-star and 3-star hotels in smaller cities.

    The most important difference between 4 and 5 star hotels is the size of the hotel and its rooms. The minimum area of single rooms, excluding bathroom space, is 14 square meters in 5-star hotels and 13 square meters in 4-star hotels.

    Also, the minimum area of double and twin rooms is 17 square meters in 5-star hotels and 16 square meters in 4-star hotels, regardless of the bathroom space. Triple rooms in 5-star hotels have an area of 20 square meters and 19 square meters in 4-star hotels, excluding the bathroom space.

     

    Iran Airport Hotels

    The 5-star Novotel hotel and the 4-star Ibis hotel (as part of the French Accor hotel chain) started operating in Iran in 2015. These hotels are the most famous airport hotels in Iran right next to Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran. These two hotels changed their names to 4-star Remis Hotel and 5-star Rexan Hotel from 2021 as a result of change in management.

    Hotels Near Tehran International Exhibition

    Parsian Azadi Hotel 0.9 miles from Tehran International Exhibition

     Parsian Esteghlal International Hotel 0.4 miles from Tehran International Exhibition

    Tooba Boutique Hotel 1.8 miles from Tehran International Exhibition

    Parsian Evin Hotel 0.9 miles from Tehran International Exhibition

    Wisteria Hotel  1.9 miles from Tehran International Exhibition

    Espinas Palace Hotel 2.8 miles from Tehran International Exhibition

     Azadi Grand Hotel 0.9 miles from Tehran International Exhibition

    Tehran Homa Hotel 2.1 miles from Tehran International Exhibition

    Taj Mahal Hotel 2.8 miles from Tehran International Exhibition

    Melal Apartment Hotel 1.8 miles from Tehran International Exhibition

    Abbasi hotel in Isfahan, the oldest Iran hotel

    Caravanserais were the first guest houses on the Silk Road and in Iran that accommodated caravans and provided them with security and comfort.

    One of the oldest hotels in Iran is located in the heart of Isfahan city, which was built 320 years ago as a caravanserai. The caravanserai building was converted into a hotel about 65 years ago and very beautiful decorations of Iranian art and architecture were added to it. Abbasi Hotel Isfahan is not only a hotel but also a beautiful museum where you can stay and enjoy Iranian art and hospitality.

    Espinas Palace, the biggest Iran hotel

    The 5-star Espinas Palace Hotel was built in a luxury neighborhood in the northern heights of Tehran, and you can see the whole city from the upper floors of this hotel. Espinas Palace is the largest hotel in Iran with 500 rooms and 1500 beds on 28 floors and has all the facilities of a 5-star luxury hotel.

     

    Toranj hotel in Kish, an overwater hotel!

    Toranj Kish Hotel reminds you of the overwater hotels in Maldives. The hotel has 100 suites with glass floors that allow you to watch life in the deep sea during all moments of your stay. If you want to experience staying in this hotel on the water, you should definitely think about making a reservation long in advance.

     

    Iran Boutique Hotels

    In recent years, many boutique hotels have started working in Iran and they became the favorite hotels among travelers. In cities like Shiraz, Yazd, Isfahan, Kashan and Tehran, you can find very good examples of boutique hotels and have an unforgettable stay in them.

    Of course, note that the cost of this type of accommodation is equivalent to 4 and 5 star hotels and sometimes even more! You may pay more but you will experience the unique atmosphere of an Iranian house and Iranian hospitality in boutique hotels.

    Iran Budget Hotels

    If your trip is a budget trip and you are trying to minimize your expenses, you should go for 3-star hotels or hostels. In general, the cost of living in Iran is not so high that it makes your economic trip impossible.

    Please note that 3-star hotels and even some boutique hotels that have two or three floors do not have elevators.

    Iran 1 star and 2 star hotels

    In Iran, 1-star hotels are known as inns and guest houses. The rooms have shared toilets and bathrooms, and you cannot expect standard cleanliness and quality.

    According to the law, all rooms in two-star hotels must have a toilet and bathroom in the room, but in some hotels, there is a possibility that the authorities did not pay serious attention to this issue and you will come across a room that does not have a private toilet!

    What Is the best time to book hotels in Iran?

    In Iran, like in other parts of the world, the best time to book cheap hotels is in low season or shoulder season. Due to the fact that the months of March, April, September and October are the busiest time for tourists in Iran, there are no usual discounts. But in other months, you will have a chance to find cheap hotels.

    Bars in Iran Hotels

    Iran is an Islamic country where the consumption of alcohol is strictly prohibited by law. People caught consuming or possessing alcohol may face fines or other penalties. However, most hotels in Iran offer lounge areas where guests can relax and enjoy a comfortable environment with non-alcoholic drinks and snacks. Some hotels may have multiple lounges, each with its unique ambiance and atmosphere. These lounges typically serve a variety of non-alcoholic beverages, including tea, coffee, fresh juices, soft drinks, and traditional Iranian drinks like "sharbats," a sweet and fruity drink made from various fruits such as pomegranate, sour cherry, and apricot. "Sekanjebin" is another traditional Iranian drink made from vinegar and mint, and is often served with cucumbers. Additionally, hotels may serve herbal teas such as "saffron tea" and "rosewater tea," which are often accompanied by traditional Iranian sweets and pastries like "sohan" and "baklava."

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