Astana

 

Astana, in the north of Kazakhstan, is the second largest city in the country.

It took over as capital city from Almaty (the largest city) in December 1998, and is now undergoing a dramatic transformation, with top international architects creating monumental new buildings. Astana also retains sufficient old Soviet architecture to make for interesting contrasts.

Astana is growing, but while still does not offer the comforts and thrills of its Western counterparts, it does has its own charms and pleasures.

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Overall Atmosphere: Cultural
A Cultural Atmosphere includes both the historic (eg, landmark town centers) and the contemporary (music, nightlife, etc).

Cultural Interests tend to be:
(a) indoors-oriented, and therefore not as linked to weather conditions for enjoyment
(b) relatively physically accessible, while also not being physically demanding.
Featuring mainly indoors-oriented historical or contemporary attractions.
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Diplomat Hotel and Business Center

Located in the centre of Astana City, Diplomat Hotel and Business Center features a spa centre with a gym, a swimming pool and a sauna. Free WiFi is provided. Astana International Airport is only a 10-minute drive away. Average score from 621 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$83 - $273

 
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Kazzhol Hotel Astana

Located 10 minutes’ drive from Bayterek Monument in Astana, this hotel features free WiFi. Rooms at Kazzhol Hotel Astana offer air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. Average score from 172 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$66 - $143

 
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Sultan Beibarys

Sultan Beibaryz is located a 5-minute walk from Afganistan War Memorial Park. The hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen TV. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout. The property features bright rooms with warm-coloured interiors. Average score from 85 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$35

 
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Jelsomino Boutique Hotel

Featuring free Wi-Fi and a lobby-bar, this hotel is located 10 minutes’ drive from Astana Train Station. It also offers a karaoke bar and air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen TV. Average score from 154 guest reviews: 8.2/10.

$70 - $111

 
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Jumbaktas Astana Hotel

Free WiFi and luxury interiors are offered at this hotel, situated an 8-minute drive from Astana city centre. Jumbaktas Hotel Astana features spacious rooms with bright and elegant décor. Average score from 131 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$84 - $179

 
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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Infinity Apartments

Infinity Apartments

Infinity Apartments are located in Astana, just 150 metres from the Astana Arena Stadium and the Republican Diagnostic and Cardiology Centre. They feature modern décor and a free parking. Free Wi-Fi is provided. Average score from 16 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$51

$518.9
Sky Luxe Hotel

Sky Luxe Hotel

Located in Astana city, this hotel comes with a 24-hour reception and free Wi-Fi. Ak Orda Presidential Palace is 300 metres from the hotel. Astana Bayterek Tower is a 2-minute walk away. Average score from 100 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$52

 
$528.9
Apartment na Respubliki 7/2

Apartment na Respubliki 7/2

Set in Astana, Apartment na Respubliki 7/2 offers self-catering accommodation with free WiFi. The air-conditioned unit is 3.4 km from Bayterek Monument. An oven and a microwave can be found in the kitchen. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$48

$488.7
Apartment Astana Triumph

Apartment Astana Triumph

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Apartment Astana Triumph is located in Astana, 1.7 km from Bayterek Monument. Mega Astana Shopping Centre is 500 metres from the property. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 59 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$48

 
$488.7
Apartment na Sarayshik 5D

Apartment na Sarayshik 5D

Set 1.1 km from Bayterek Monument in Astana, this apartment features free WiFi. The apartment is 700 metres from Transport Tower. The kitchen is fitted with an oven, a microwave and a fridge and there is a private bathroom. Average score from 83 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$48

$488.7
Belon-Land Hotel

Belon-Land Hotel

Belon-Land Hotel is located in the centre of Astana, a 5-minute drive from Akimat and the Museum of the first president. It offers a fitness centre, finnish sauna and indoor pool. Free Wi-Fi access is available. Average score from 133 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$41

 
$418.5
Mini Hotel Alikhan

Mini Hotel Alikhan

Mini Hotel Alikhan is located in Astana, a 10-minute walk from Khan Shatyr Entertainment Centre. Free Wi-Fi access is available. Rooms here will provide you with a flat-screen TV, a balcony and cable channels. There is also an electric kettle. Average score from 137 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$43

 
$438.4
Alatau Apartments

Alatau Apartments

Located 10 minutes’ walk from the Bayterek Monument in Astana, these apartments feature free Wi-Fi and a fully equipped kitchen. The President’s Palace and ministries are less than 5 minutes’ drive away. Average score from 55 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$44 - $71

$448.4
Belon Life Hotel

Belon Life Hotel

Belon Life Hotel is located a 5-minute drive from the Kazakhstan Sport Centre in Astana. The hotel offers a gym, 2 swimming pools and 4 types of sauna. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout. Average score from 130 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$54

 
$548.4
Apartments ApartInn Astana

Apartments ApartInn Astana

Located in the city centre of Astana, in the Severnoe Siyanie apartment complex, ApartInn features self-catering accommodations with free Wi-Fi. The National Academic Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan is a 4-minute walk away. Average score from 212 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$46

 
$468.3
Torgay Hotel

Torgay Hotel

Featuring free Wi-Fi and a 24-hour reception, this hotel is located in Astana city, 1 km from the Kazakhstan Sports Complex. It offers air-conditioned rooms with a fridge. Average score from 89 guest reviews: 8.2/10.

$38 - $51

 
$388.2
Red Village Hotel

Red Village Hotel

Offering buffet restaurant, Red Village Hotel is located in Astana, a 10-minute drive from the downtown. Free Wi-Fi access is available. Rooms here will provide you with a flat-screen TV and a minibar. There is also an electric kettle. Average score from 551 guest reviews: 8.2/10.

$39

 
$398.2
Sky House Astana

Sky House Astana

Sky House Astana is located in Astana, a 10-minute walk from Nur-Astana Mosque. It offers free WiFi and spacious air-conditioned accommodation featuring views of the city. Average score from 118 guest reviews: 8.2/10.

$43

 
$438.2
Jasmine Hotel

Jasmine Hotel

Jasmine Hotel offers accommodation in Astana. The rooms come with a flat screen TV. Certain rooms feature a seating area for your convenience. You will find a kettle in the room. Extras include bath robes and slippers. Average score from 198 guest reviews: 8.2/10.

$48

 
$488.2
Northern Lights Apartments

Northern Lights Apartments

Located 5 minutes’ walk from the Beyterek Monument, these apartments in Astana city centre provide air-conditioned accommodation with a flat-screen TV. Astana Train Station is 15 minutes’ drive away. Average score from 36 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$52 - $171

 
$528.1
Orion Hotel

Orion Hotel

Just 300 metres from Astana’s Canal and a 10-minute walk from Astana city centre, this hotel offers free Wi-Fi, free parking and a sauna. Its air-conditioned rooms feature flat-screen TV. Average score from 24 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$39 - $62

 
$398.0
Business Hotel

Business Hotel

Featuring rooms with free Wi-Fi, this hotel is situated in the centre of Astana. Guests can hire car with a personal driver, as well as a translator at the 24-hour reception. Average score from 42 guest reviews: 7.9/10.

$41 - $89

 
$417.9

Highlighted Interests:

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Cultural
Unusual Local Feature

Soviet and Post-Soviet Architectural Mixture

Astana is one of the best places to see blocks of traditional Soviet Architecture juxtaposed against some of the most futuristic architecture in the world.

The best-known of the new buildings is Baiterek Tower. Nicknamed "Chupa Chups" by the locals due to its similarity to a giant lollipop, this 97m high building offers great views of the city, as well as an art gallery, an aquarium and a restaurant.

For a different style altogether, there is Khan Shatyr -- a giant transparent tent big enough to hold 10,000 people. The 150m high tent has a 200m elliptical base covering an area larger than 10 football stadiums, and contains a park, a shopping and entertainment area with squares and cobbled streets, a boating river, minigolf and an indoor beach resort. While Astana is one of the world's coldest capitals in the world, with temperatures down to -40°C in the winter, the transparent material lets sunshine in and helps to keep temperatures comfortable all year.
Museums
Astana is home to several good museums that provide explanations of Kazakhstan historical, ethographically, politically, etc.

The President's Museum of Kazakhstan. This is built like a yurt with a dome resembling a mosque and contains exhibitions about the history of the country. The main attraction is a replica of the Golden Man costume, a warrior's suit that was found in a tomb east of Almaty.

Atameken Map of Kazakhstan. This is an outdoor museum giving you an overview of the entire country in a miniature version. This 1.7-hectare exhibit features more than 200 mock-up pieces, creating Kazakh cities and historical memorials.

Museum of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. This striking building was the seat of power before the new presidential palace was built. The building consists of displays outlining the struggle for independence, gifts and awards given to Nazabayev including a machine gun from the Saudis, and state rooms preserved as they were when Nazabayev was there.

New National Museum of Kazakhstan. This is a huge(and partly empty) national museum with modern flashy effects. Exhibitions include an Astana hall (constantly praising the president), gold hall, ethnographic exhibition with comparison of Native Americans to Kazakhs, contemporary arts hall, and an iron age hall.
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