Tehran’s 5-Star Hotels at a Glance

Thanks to the growing number of 5-star hotels in Tehran, the Iranian capital is ready to make your stay a comfortable experience. Whether you’re visiting the metropolis for a business meeting or are in Tehran for sightseeing, you’re bound to find a top-quality hotel to your liking.

Here’s a look at the 5-star hotels Tehran has to offer. The hotels are not listed in a particular order as we do not want to promote one establishment over the other.

1- Espinas Persian Gulf Hotel

Located on Keshavarz Boulevard, Espinas Persian Gulf Hotel is in the heart of Tehran’s commercial area. It is also in proximity of Laleh Park, museums, hospitals and Vali-e-Asr Street, which is the longest street in the Middle East and one of the city’s main thoroughfares. Espinas is therefore well suited for both leisure travelers and those on a business trip.

Espinas Persian Gulf Hotel in Tehran

Espinas Persian Gulf Hotel

Established in 2011, the hotel has a variety of rooms, ranging from the standard single and double rooms (€200 /night) to the fancier royal and presidential suites as well as one called the Espinas (or business) suite, which is equipped to host meetings for up 14 people.

All rooms have access to wireless internet and satellite television, among other amenities.

Espinas Persian Gulf Hotel has three halls with capacities varying from 150 to 700 people, a gym, massage room, and swimming pool. Catering to different tastes, the hotel has four restaurants offering Persian, Mediterranean, Thai and French cuisine.

Espinas is located about 50 km from Imam Khomeini International Airport, 10 km from Mehrabad Airport and eight kilometers from the Tehran Railway Station.

Online reviewers praise the hotel’s modern facilities, architecture and comfortable rooms but point out that the breakfast could be better. Also, charging €200 per night for a double room, Espinas is among the most expensive choices in the city.

2- Laleh Hotel 

The former Intercontinental Hotel, Laleh Hotel in downtown Tehran was built in 1971. Like Espinas Persian Gulf Hotel, it is located in the commercial center of Tehran surrounded by a number of major tourist sites such as Carpet Museum.

Laleh Hotel in Tehran

Laleh Hotel

The hotel’s 380 rooms include single and double rooms (€170 /night), as well as royal suites. The rooms come with standard amenities including Wi-Fi reception and satellite TV. Naturally, more expensive rooms have better, more varied facilities.

The hotel itself has restaurants offering Iranian, French and Chinese foods, a sauna room, poolroom, fitness center and massage room. It also has halls with different capacities for conferences of all sizes.

Guests often point out that the rooms – while aged – are spacious and comfortable. They also say Laleh’s breakfast buffet and food in general are of high quality.

The hotel’s location in central Tehran makes it accessible by key highways and main streets, which also facilitate travel to and from the hotel to the city’s two airports: Imam Khomeini International Airport (52 km) and Mehrabad Airport (11 km).

 3- Homa Hotel

The 45-year-old Homa Hotel is located on Vali-e-Asr Street close to upscale neighborhoods in northern Tehran.

Homa Hotel in Tehran

Homa Hotel

Aside from easy access to several highways, the hotel is within walking distance of cafes, restaurants and shopping centers around Vanak Square.

Built in 1972, the hotel has 173 rooms ranging from standard single and twin rooms to royal suites, all of which are spacious and equipped with satellite television and wireless internet. A double room costs around €170 per night.

Homa has several halls (one of which can host up to 1,200 people) and four restaurants, including one on the 15th floor which offers a breathtaking view of the city.

A 24-hour health clinic, indoor swimming pool, sauna and massage rooms, gym and tennis court as well as a hair salon are among other facilities at the hotel.

Accessibility is a standout feature of Homa Hotel, catering to those with disabilities.

Guests say the hotel could use a little make-over, which makes sense given the fact that Homa is nearly half a century old. Nevertheless, reviewers are generally happy with the quality of food and service, often praising the staff for being friendly and helpful. Most rooms offer a beautiful view of the Tehran skyline, which is always a plus.

 4- Parsian Azadi Hotel

Parsian Azadi Hotel, situated on the junction of Yadegar-e-Emam and Chamran highways in northwestern Tehran, is located close to several important venues, including the Tehran International Permanent Fairground and the IRIB Conference Hall, making it an ideal hotel for business travelers.

Parsian Azadi Hotel in Tehran

Parsian Azadi Hotel

The hotel is also a short drive away from sites such as the Sa’adabad Palace Complex and the Tochal Ski Resort.

Built in 1978, Azadi is the former Hyatt Hotel. The hotel might be old but it is definitely not dated: It was renovated in 2007 by a team of international experts.

The hotel has several room types, including presidential, royal and duplex suites, not to mention rooms designed specifically for guests with physical disabilities. All 475 rooms have Wi-Fi coverage and are equipped with at least basic amenities, such as satellite TV and LCD television. To help drown out the noise from surrounding highways, every room has double-glazed windows. A double room goes for €212 per night.

There are both indoor and outdoor restaurants and cafes, some of which are open 24/7. Furthermore, the hotel has a number of conference halls with capacities ranging from 50 to 600 people.

Azadi has a health club which includes an indoor swimming pool, massage room, fitness center and traditional Iranian bath.

Clean, spacious and well-furnished rooms as well as friendly staff and great breakfast are some of the positive points that guests often mention in their reviews. However, poor internet speed and the hotel’s distance from the city center are among the downsides of staying at Parsian Azadi Hotel.

 5- Espinas Palace Hotel

Espinas Palace Hotel in northwest Tehran is another five-star property owned by the Espinas group. Opened in 2015, it’s one the most modern hotels in the country.

Espinas Palace Hotel in Tehran

Espinas Palace Hotel

Located near Tehran’s affluent Sa’adatabad neighborhood, Espinas Palace Hotel has six different room types, ranging from double rooms to presidential suites as well as disability-access rooms. A double (or twin) room costs €205/night. Aside from the standard amenities, all 400 rooms are also equipped with DVD libraries.

The hotel has multiple halls, the largest of which can host up to 800 individuals. It also has two restaurants – one of which offers traditional Iranian dishes while the other serves international cuisine. The traditional restaurant enhances your dining experience with live music. Other facilities include a fitness club, sauna, poolroom, hair salon, spa and massage room.

While quite far from the railway station and both airports, the hotel is conveniently located close to major conference halls that often host international events, not to mention the Tehran International Permanent Fairground, Mellat Park and the themed Jurassic Park. It is also near a number of shopping malls.

Espinas Palace is built on the foothills of northwestern Tehran, providing guests with an unrivaled view of the city vista. Guests also speak highly of the spacious and well-decorated rooms, excellent breakfast and helpful staff. Its distance from downtown, however, can be problematic.

 6- Parsian Esteghlal Hotel

The biggest property owned by the Parsian group, Esteghlal Hotel (the former Hilton) near Tehran’s famous Parkway junction is a large structure with two wings; one of which was built in 1962 and the other ten years later.

Parsian Esteghlal Hotel in Tehran

Parsian Esteghlal Hotel

The hotel has 552 rooms, but prices differ from wing to wing. For instance a double room in the Western Wing costs €160-a-night, while the same room goes for €195 in the Eastern Wing. All rooms, including the presidential suites and disability-access rooms, come with standard facilities including Wi-Fi internet and satellite TV. Also, all rooms have balconies.

The hotel has a variety of restaurants serving Persian, Turkish, Arabic, French, Thai and Italian cuisine. There is also a restaurant that exclusively serves sea food.

Among other facilities at Esteghlal Hotel are three halls with capacities ranging from 200 to 1,000; a fitness center with an indoor pool, sauna and hot tub, gym and a massage room.

A hair salon, taxi service and health clinic are other services offered to guests.

Like the previous two entries on the list, the hotel is a short drive away from major conference halls and the Tehran International Permanent Fairground, not mention popular sites such as Niavaran and Sa’adabad palace complexes.

Despite being relatively far from the airports and railway station, the hotel’s access to important highways cuts travel times short.

Online reviews of the hotel suggest that its location and the view it offers of Tehran’s northern mountains are not enough to make up for dated decoration and furniture. Some even believe the Eastern Wing is due for renovation.

 7- Novotel Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport Hotel

Located around 35 km south of Tehran at the Imam Khomeini International Airport, Novotel (along with Ibis) is the first foreign-branded hotel to operate in Iran in almost 40 years. Managed by the French group AccorHotels, the property opened in 2015 and it is well-suited for business travelers.

Novotel Tehran IKA Hotel

Novotel Tehran IKA Hotel

Though far from Tehran, the hotel offers a free shuttle service that runs every 20 minutes to Tehran and back, so getting around isn’t an issue. Being away from the city has its perks, as guests get to relax away from the daily bustle of Tehran.

Novotel has 300 rooms, four of which are disability-access. Due to its location, it is among the more affordable five-star options, with the average double room rate (known as standard room at Novotel) being €175 per night.

Aside from the modern decor, the rooms offer free Wi-Fi and access to satellite TV.

Despite targeting business travelers, the hotel offers a play area for children. It also has fitness centers, swimming pool, sauna and spa services. The lobby restaurant is open 24/7 and the hotel’s event halls are of modest size, with the largest capable of hosting up to 700 people.

Being a new hotel operated by a renowned group, Novotel has received mostly positive reviews, with its modern design and furniture as well as good food and friendly staff receiving a lot of mentions in online reviews. Some guests, however, complain about the AC in rooms not working properly.

 

Zohre Golzadeh
Zohre Golzadeh is an English teacher and tourism academic.
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