Valis Homestay-Mashad Iran
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Valis Homestay-Mashad Iran Mashhad Reviews
Valis Homestay Mashad Iran. May 13, 2012
Location- Excellent for everything. Very close to the main post office(where we posted back 3-4kilos of clothes we no longer needed for Iran, costs were very reasonable and ours went surface mail, 1-2.5mths for delivery) and local shops, buses run form the end of the alley where his house is. Sights are (the Shrine) are about a twenty minute walk away and the metro is a few yards from his alley.
Price -300,000 per night for double room-but please be aware that if you need a double room to email vallie before you turn up, as he only has limited availability. (I.e. He is a very popular stay) He has of course plenty of dorm beds (@100,000 rial per night, at the time of this review), or in the summer yard beds, the price of these are unknown, but probably very affordable.
There are dorm beds in the basement with a double bedded room attached. Shared shower room and toilet (squat only, one inside and one outside, not so private). All basic and functional, but smelly. There is internet access and wifi access at 1500 rial an hour.
Esmat is the star with her superb home Iranian cooking, we paid 15,000 rial for breakfast and 50,000 rial for an amazing dinner, which is served (traditional style) on a clean sheet on one of the many carpets you will find at Vallies homestay. Usually a soup, mixed rice dish, salad and then a main dish, either rice with fish, or pasta, or vegetable dish. Yes you do get plates and alcohol free beer, tea. They are so helpful and hospitable, and you really do feel like one of the family when eating in this house.
Vallie also does some free tours round town, and pay as you go tours. We took one to the village of Kang, which was stunning, a hardly touched by modernity town clinging to the side of a hill not far from Mashad in the valley. We were taken to a residents house where we shared herbal tea, ate lovely dried fruits and the most amazingly fresh walnuts I have every tasted. All of course with a stunning view of the valley and hills around it.
You cannot be fail to be gob smacked by Vallies humour, knowledge, interesting views, and passion for learning new English words and their meanings. His knowledge of buses which run from the end of his alley, which are regular and numerous is second only to the local bus company, his kindness does extend to lending you a bus swipe card which can be used for paying your way on local bus excursions. He also helped us out with printing and copying documents and pointing us in the right direction for money exchange.
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