Hotel Arkanchi (Khiva)
10 P. Makhmood Str, Khiva, Uzbekistan
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Hotel Arkanchi (Khiva) Reviews
Great location Sep 17, 2013
Arriving in Khiva our hotel turned out to be located inside the walled old town, Itchan Kala. Hotel Arkanchi used to be a private house which was transformed in a hotel. The reception area is nicely decorated. Friendly guy at the reception (he seemed to be there all day, from early in the morning until late at night). There is a small shop next to the reception where you can buy some cold drinks.
I was staying in room 25, first floor, no elevator. Corridor and hall just look fine. I read somewhere on the internet (booking sites) that all rooms are equipped with a/c and with television. Well, not room 25. A very spacious room, sparsely furnished with cheap old furniture. No bed lamp. Very simple bathroom with a ‘smelling’ sink. Bathroom and the floor of the bedroom were not clean, not at all. We were staying for two nights. The second day the bin was emptied (as you know you are not supposed to flush toilet paper this came out handy), the bed was made. Nothing was cleaned, towels not changed.
The first night we had dinner in the hotel. A homemade set menu (which you have to order in advance): salads, soup, meat and fruit for 6 euro. It tasted very good and was nicely served. A beer (0.5 liter) for approx. 2 euro.
Breakfast was very good too. A set table, a hot dish was served. First time ever I had French fries with a fried egg for breakfast. But it was good!
Free wifi at the reception area. In room 25 it was working too (although slow).
The hotel has a very good location, nice atmosphere in the public areas, but the room was just too simple and, worse, not clean!! The photos will show you the room looked a bit shabby.
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Oct 06, 2007
Let's start with the positive. The best thing about this hotel was that it was located inside the city walls, in Ichan-Qala. All the major attractions in Khiva are within walking distance from the hotel. The hotel has a couple of decks that offer excellent views of Khiva. The decks were full of the hotel guests taking pictures, especially at sunset and dawn.
Now, the negative: the facilities were generally poor. There is little privacy because most of the rooms have large windows facing the corridor (which is a prevalent feature in Uzbek hotels). And the bathroom stank... But that was probably due to the water problems in Khiva. The water there is salty and has a distinctive odor. We have to appreciate the fact that much of what little water local people have goes to tourists. Maybe it's a good idea to skip a shower while in Khiva (especially if you're only there for one night). The water stinks anyway.
One area in which the hotel shines is the friendly staff. They were very helpful and proficient in major European languages, from Russian to French (English is, of course, a given).
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