I was pleased by the location, staff level of professionalism, cleanliness, fitness facilities, and the breakfast. The bar was open for 24 hours for drinks, beverages and food during late night / early morning activities. The hotel has an ATM on site and many of the staff speak English. There is a very nice park next to the hotel and outside restaurants / business within walking distance.
Make sure that you confirm a shuttle from the airport especially if you don't speak Russian or Kazakh. The hotel did not send the shuttle and negotiating for a taxi was very difficult. The hotel charges about 10K tenge (30 USD) for the shuttle, worth it to prevent the hassle!! Heavy traffic during rush hours so you may have to wait. Get some good translational apps on your phone before you go.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This luxury 5-star hotel is located in central Almaty, half a mile from Nikolai Cathedral. Rixos Almaty Hotel offers modern rooms with free Wi-Fi internet and a spa with swimming pool. All rooms at Rixos Almaty feature air conditioning, a desk and a balcony with impressive views. All bathrooms include a bathtub and shower. A buffet breakfast is served each morning at Rixos Almaty. The restaurant serves international buffets as well as offering varied dining menus. The Lobby Bar & Lounge is open 24 hours a day, and guests can also dine at Wine Bar that has great selections of wines. The 23680 ft² spa also includes a gym, sauna, Turkish bath, indoor gardens and 7 massage rooms. Rixos Hotel is one mile from Almaty Opera House and 3 miles by cable car from Koktobe Mountain. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rixos Almaty Hotel Almaty