Tajikistan is generally not as cheap as most of the other Central Asian countries and Dushanbe (for a capital city) is particularly poor in its offering of good value accommodation. But tourism has finally arrived in the last few years. An explosion in offerings, multiple hostels, plentiful mid range hotels – (generally all new) means that everyone is now upping their game for customers and Tajikistan is now more affordable and accessible than ever.  There’s still a few places that aren’t on international hotel booking sites and I’ve linked to them direct where possible. There is also a good range of apartments which for the longer term -i.e a couple of weeks start to make sense.

Dushanbe Accommadation: Top pick

Rohat Hotel – Hurrah for a new reasonably priced comfortable hotel. Finally a hotel offering which is going to make masses of people happy because it’s pleasant AND affordable.

*Comfort Guesthouse – The little known but lovely Comfort Guesthouse is the best deal in town.  Maybe it didn’t get into the guidebooks because hardly any foreign tourists stay here but seriously, don’t let that put you off.  There aren’t many rooms so it gets easily booked up. They have english speaking staff, a lovely courtyard, reasonable breakfasts, air con, laundry, comfortable rooms, beds, western bathrooms and most importantly great showers – constant water pressure both hot and cold. Rates range from around $80 single -$110 double room. It’s easy walking distance to Rudaki.  The downside is trying to find it as it seems almost every source is wrong, including Google maps. When booking ask them for directions. Or follow this: Off Rudaki, take Said Nosirov Street (next to the Pedagogical University), then take the first right onto a dirt track, the guesthouse is in the second block on the left hand side.

Marian’s Guesthouse – The most sought after accommodation in Dushanbe by those wanting high service, personal attention, a lovely environment and good value for money. Tucked away in Dushanbe and tricky to find. This is a very popular place and requires booking ahead. Budget 80 Euros / $110 (this includes if required pickup, breakfast, laundry, internet and driver for drop offs).

Atlas B&B Guesthouse (63, Mirzo Rizo St, Dushanbe 734013)
Comfortable large rooms with computers and internet, modern bathrooms, hot water and good breakfasts. Has received very good reviews. The downside is the location which is not central but near the airport. Budget $80.

Dushanbe Budget Choice:

The Yeti Hostel – The first hostel in Tajikistan! It opened Spring 2014 and was a welcome addition to the budget scene (which didn’t exist).  It’s getting rave reviews and as well as dorm beds also offers tents in the garden.  Very reasonably priced with Tajik plov making classes on Tuesdays, what’s not to like? Perhaps that it isn’t the best located at 2km from the centre. £5 for a dorm bed.

Green House Hostel – £5 a night and with rave reviews for comfy beds and meeting like minded travellers.

Tajikmatlubot Hotel – The hotel doesn’t have many rooms but the rooms it has are en suite with modern bathrooms, reception area and kept clean. There is even private parking. The hotel is quite centrally located being on Rudaki. This is one of the best value hotels in Dushanbe. The website link has photos. Budget $40 if independently checking in.

Hello Dushanbe Hostel– Another backpackers favourite with dorm beds starting at £6 a night. This hostel is close to the airport and has a whole range of bedrooms with great reviews.

Hostel Latifa – Great reviews for friendly service. Definitely not central but also offers bicycles and  dorm beds start at £2 with an impressive breakfast included.

Midrange:

Lotte Palace Hotel – Lotte Palace is definitely a bit out of town but offers free bicycles to borrow.  with lovely gardens, water features and big modern bathrooms.   There’s lots to enjoy here and it’s very reasonably priced.

Dushanbe High End:

The Sheraton – the newest of the big names. Tall, spacious and plush come to mind. Centrally located, with all mod cons, a popular restaurant and around £130 a night.

The Serena Hotel – Brand spanking new and a 5*.  This place isn’t cheap but is getting rave reviews.  It’s also based on Rudaki the main street in Dushanbe and a stones throw from the Opera House. Currently quoting $230pp for a shared room. If you can afford luxury then pick here.

*The HYATT Regency – It used to be the only 5* until the Serena came along.  The price to stay here is as expected and contends for the most expensive in town. They advertise meal deals at their Focaccia Grill and after a while on Tajik food you might just want to visit! The Hyatt restaurant is the place where the movers and shakers have their lunch. Budget around $225. The disadvantage, if any, is that the location feels a little out of town.  It’s on a main road off Rudaki and a bit of a hike to get to the main street. On the plus side, it will be next to the largest tea house in the world – when it’s finished, and if it’s open to the public.

Second Choice
Hotel Tajikistan – a huge hotel, very central. It has an immaculate appearance, cavernous foyer with ATM and the rooms have a view over Central Park. It has been renovated and it is possible to book online – which is a good idea as reviews have mentioned great variation on rates. Budget £70.

Dushanbe Apartments and Studios

Studio 1 – Small but very affordable for £29 and modern.

Sunrise Apartments – New, centrally located and with bike hire. studio apartments from £43.

Somoni Apartment – They have at least a couple of centrally located apartments in Dushanbe that have all basic facilities, e.g washing machine, air con, fridge, tv, etc. Friendly people with perfect English to help discuss arrangements, budget around $30 per night but depends on length of stay. Contact Sarvinoz at

Vefa Apart Hotel – This is inside the Vefa Centre which is a business centre. Budget £70. There are 24 rooms with separate living room, kitchen, bathroom, Jacuzzi and shower. Apartment sizes are up to 80 m2. Apartments are located on the 10th and 11th floors of the building.

Khorog
The best place to look is here:
http://www.khorog.com/

Kurghan-Tyube / Qurghonteppa (city couple of hours south of Dushanbe)

There are quite a few hotels in K-T but they do tend to fall into disrepair quite quickly. The best one at the moment for value and facilities is:

Firuza Hotel – This is a good value small hotel (about 8 rooms) with a helpful manager and staff. Rooms are a good size and clean. It has a central location close to the city stadium. The hotel is on the third floor above a shop and there isn’t a lift. Budget $35. There isn’t a website but you probably don’t need to book ahead.

Other hotels: There are two more hotels right next to the bazaar.

Note: Malaria does occur in the south (roughly from K-T to Afghanistan) and if staying in a guest house with no air conditioning, bringing your own mosquito net is recommended.