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Timur the Great hotel

From $45 per day
Bukhara str. 84, 703011 SamarkandShow map

Timur The Great is small traditional Uzbek guesthouse in the centre of Samarkand. The location of this B&B is very good and close (literally opposite) to famous Registan complex, the Jewish quarter and the bazaar. As in most traditional Uzbek houses Timur The Great has a nice inner yard with rooms spread around the perimeter.

Rooms are made in a classic style with patterned carpets. Furniture is "old style" and is heavily used. The doors, beds and wardrobes are squeaking badly. Walls are not soundproofed and if full you would hear what your neighbours do. Some bedrooms have no windows and feel depressing. Rooms are adequately air-conditioned and are cool even in the summer heat. There is a bathroom with a shower and hairdryer. For an extra charge there is Wi-Fi available. Cleanliness level is ok but all is very old with dilapidated facilities (wallpapers are falling off, ceilings are covered with spots of unclear origin, etc). The place is in serious need of investment and would rather suit young travellers that are usually less fussy about such details.

Private parking is available free of charge. The guest house offers luggage storage. Guests can use the hotel's laundry and ironing services. Samarkand Airport is 10 minutes away and the magnificent mosque of Bibi Khanum - just a 5 minute walk from the guest house.

The breakfast is plentiful and excellent, served with a smile in the lovely communal courtyard. There is a nice place to sit in the yard where you would be offered free green tea whenever you want.

The staff is very helpful and can provide useful information on what you can need during your stay. The owner is very friendly and helpful and always available. The family will do everything to make their guests feel comfortable and at home. The son speaks very good English and the mother understands too.

Whilst it is not as modern as some other B&Bs, it does have a more old fashioned family charm which remains with you long after your stay. But the place is in serious need of renovation. This is the place for the very unpretentious travellers.