Stay in an AirBnB in Central Asia

You can find hostels and hotels in the cities and big towns of both Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan but have you thought about AirBnB?

NOTE – Hostels in Kazakhstan are home to students and sometimes families from Kazakhstan who live there full-time. This makes for a bit of an odd atmosphere in a hostel that you expect to be catered to travellers and tourists.

This is why we opted to stay in AirBnB’s. When you are travelling (especially for a long time), it’s nice to have somewhere to call home and a place to properly relax and feel comfortable. AirBnB is perfect for just that, you can find some lovely apartments for a really reasonable price in these cities. There are actually hundreds of AirBnBs to chose from.

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Here are some places that we have stayed and would recommend highly:

Bishkek

1. Modern, 10th floor apartment in City Centre

This is a 10th floor apartment (yes there is an elevator) in a modern tower block. It is an open-plan studio with a view of the mountains and the city. It is complete with a two-hob cooker, washing machine and TV. It is in a quiet and friendly neighbourhood with local conveinence stores nearby.

It’s a 15 minute walk to the Philharmonic Theatre and 30 minutes to Ala-Too Square. Comfortable place in the city and a flexible host to arrange pick-up/collection of keys.

Cost: £15 a night


2. Comfortable apartment very close to Russian Embassy

This two bedroomed apartment with King size bed and kitchen is situated right opposite the Russian Embassy. The decor is not for everyone, but it’s clean and comfortable. For a really reasonable price, it’s in a very good location to some lovely coffee shops and shopping centres.

Cost: £15 a night


Almaty

1. Small but cosy apartment close to Botanical Gardens

This chic little apartment reminded us of a little French cottage. It is nicely decorated with fresh white bedding/towels and complimentary teabags. This apartment is about a 30 minute walk to the main centre of Almaty but a only short walk to the Botanical Gardens. The host is also really responsive to messages and quick at solving any problems you might have.

Cost: £15 a night


2. A mini home from home right in the centre of the city

This 5th floor apartment had everything a traveller who has been away from home comforts for a long time, could want! It has a full oven with four hobs (we made roast potatoes!), a wide screen TV that can sign into Netflix and a comfy bed. It’s centrally located, only a 5 minute walk from the Metro but situated in a lovely green suburban area. We even got two bars of Kazakhstan chocolate for free! The host was very friendly and we were able to extend our stay much longer than we originally planned thanks to flexible booking.

Cost: £14 a night


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