Unless you’re a business traveler, there’s a good chance you’re not hell-bent on staying in a four- or five-star hotel. You’d rather get a comfortable room at a more affordable price because–let’s face it–you probably won’t be spending too much time at your hotel, anyway.
What follows is a short (and non-comprehensive) list of Tehran’s top budget hotels based on reviews by travelers like you! We used feedback submitted by guests on English and Persian online review aggregators to compile this list.
The hotels are not listed in a particular order as we do not want to promote one establishment over the other.
Please bear in mind that while almost all hotels charge less than €100 per night, their rates may vary throughout the year and at times they may well exceed the €100 threshold, but not by much. And even if they do, they’re still more affordable than most other alternatives.
Note: The rates listed below all include breakfast. And, for updated rates check the PersiaPort website.
Firouzeh Hotel (★)
Located in an alley on Tehran’s historical Amir Kabir Street, Firouzeh Hotel is a favorite among budget travelers.
It’s been described by many, particularly on Trip Advisor, as a “great budget option” with “average facilities” and “helpful staff” who speak adequate English. If you’ve been to Iran before, you know English-speaking staff are in short supply.
Its location makes it an excellent base to explore the sprawling Iranian capital. It is in the vicinity of a number of subway stations, not to mention famous structures such as Golestan Palace, which is a World Heritage Site.
The breakfast is nothing fancy and you may have to pay a bit extra to use their Wi-Fi. The rooms are equipped with Iranian-style squatting toilets, but shared conventional toilets are also available.
If interested, you’re advised to get on the phone and call them because the hotel staff have a reputation for not responding to emails promptly, if at all.
Double room: €35/ night
Arman Hotel (★★)
Arman Hotel is a small yet cozy establishment in downtown Tehran with cheap rates. It is within walking distance of Mellat Metro Station, so you won’t have a problem getting around.
The rooms are relatively spacious and all come with basic amenities such as bathroom and mini bar. If given a choice, opt for a room that is not facing the main street–it could get noisy!
It has a restaurant and a separate cafe, open to both guests and walk-ins. Wireless internet is only available in the hotel lobby.
The breakfast has been described as “simple but repetitive”, but at least what’s on offer tastes good. Hotel staff, while friendly, have limited knowledge of English.
Double room: €53 / night
Hotel Markazi Iran (★★)
Also called the Iran Central Hotel, Hotel Markazi is another popular choice for foreign tourists traveling on a budget.
Situated on Lalezarno Street – an old commercial neighborhood – the hotel is perfect for those who want to step right into the hustle and bustle of a normal working day in Tehran as soon as they leave their hotel.
The central location of the hotel (hence the name) means that public transportation hubs such as bus stops, taxi stations and the subway are within reach.
The rooms are clean, comfortable and cozy, but you may have to climb more than one flight of stairs to get to your room as the hotel does not have an elevator.
The staff are helpful, welcoming and ready to provide you with any and all information you might need, from what places to visit to which restaurants to eat at. The customer service in general has been praised by various guests.
The breakfast buffet has also received good reviews, which is a rarity, especially for a budget hotel.
As far as Tehran’s budget hotels go, the rates aren’t cheap, but may well be worth it.
Double room: €73 / night
Tehran’s Iran Hotel (★★★)
You’d be forgiven for not stumbling across this one while searching for affordable accommodation in Tehran. Aside from its puzzlingly generic name, Tehran’s Iran Hotel does not even have a website and reservations can only be made via phone or on Persian hotel booking websites.
Aside from that, though, the hotel has very good rates for the services it offers. The three-star establishment is located in an alley off Valiasr Street – Tehran’s most famous thoroughfare and the longest avenue in the Middle East.
The six-story hotel was completely renovated and modernized in 2014. It claims to have staff that are fluent in both English and Turkish – in addition to Persian, of course.
It has a restaurant and a café and Wi-Fi is available in both rooms and the lobby. Besides the usual amenities, every room has access to satellite television.
Reviews on Persian websites are generally positive, with the one main complaint being that housekeeping in adjacent rooms is rather noisy.
Despite being one of Tehran’s top budget hotels, the establishment is poorly represented online, making it difficult for non-Persian speakers to find relevant information.
Single room: The hotel does not offer single rooms.
Double room: €84 / night
Saina Hotel (★★★)
Okay, this one is a bit of an exception in that the average room rate in this upper midrange hotel is generally above $100, but it is great value for money.
Located in a quiet, affluent neighborhood close to central Tehran, services offered by Saina could very well rival those by luxury establishments that charge a premium.
Most reviewers commended the hotel’s breakfast buffet and staff’s fluency in English, and described the establishment as a “great family hotel”.
The rooms are spacious, well-maintained, and properly equipped. Wi-Fi coverage is decent and free to use. If possible, get a room at the back of the hotel to get a nice view of the city, and try to avoid getting a room on the top floor in the colder months because you may hear the heating system up on the roof.
Saina is within walking distance of BRT (bus rapid transit) stops on Valiasr Street, which can help with getting around the city.
Double room: €100 / night
So, that’s it; a brief list of Tehran’s most affordable hotels with minimal concessions. The city is home to many more midscale hotels, with varying prices and service quality. The properties listed here are merely some of the best Tehran has to offer. If you’ve been to Tehran before and have stayed in a hotel that’s not listed but you feel that it should be, drop us a comment below and tell us why you enjoyed your stay.