When it comes to traveling, picking a destination is probably the easy part. The hard part? Choosing where to stay.
Depending on the Iranian city you’re traveling to, you have a variety of choices ranging from hotels and apartment hotels to vacation rentals and ecolodges.
In this article I introduce five apartment hotels in Iran which have garnered a reputation as luxury accommodations. But before getting into that, I’ll outline the advantages of apartment hotels over hotels before providing a brief explanation about the status of apartment hotels in Iran.
Why Choose Apartment Hotels?
A growing number of globetrotters choose to stay in apartment hotels rather than fancy hotels or traditional ecolodges, and you might wonder what compels them to make such a choice. Well, there are multiple reasons:
- Apartment hotel is great for longer stays or when you are traveling with a group/family
- You have more freedom, e.g. you’re not bound by the establishment’s breakfast schedule.
- You will save a lot of money.
- You will be charged per unit as opposed to per person (ecolodges charge per person).
- You will have more space.
- You will feel more like you’re at home.
Apartment Hotels in Iran
Mashhad in Khorasan Razavi Province is home to the highest number of apartment hotels in Iran, followed by Tehran, the provinces of Gilan and Mazandaran, and Shiraz.
Apartment hotels are cheaper than hotels. On average, their rates are about 30% lower than the hotels in the same class and with similar facilities.
In this article, I discuss some of the best luxury apartment hotels in Iran, where prices vary from €40 to €300.
Please note the properties are not listed in a particular order as we do not want to promote one establishment over the other.
Sepehr Apartment Hotel in Tehran
Sepehr Apartment Hotel in Tehran’s upscale Fereshteh neighborhood is one of the most luxurious lodging facilities in the Iranian capital.
Owned by Melal Hotel Group, Sepehr has four types of accommodation units: Apartment, large suite, studio suite, and apartment suite.
The establishment’s amenities are on par with some of the local five-star hotels. It has a deluxe indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and even a small gym.
Sepehr Apartment Hotel is very close to the Parkway-Valiasr intersection, providing easy access to major highways and thoroughfares in the city. Bus Rapid Transit routes run through Valiasr Street and Chamran Highway, which should make getting around easy.
The property is only a few short minutes away from Tehran International Permanent Fairgrounds and Iran International Conference Center. It is also a short drive away from some of the most popular attractions in northern Tehran, including Sa’adabad and Niavaran palace complexes, and Paladium shopping center.
Arman Apartment Hotel in Mashhad
Opened in 2015, Arman Apartment Hotel is a recently-built establishment in Mashhad. One of the 11-floor property’s standout features is its location near a shopping center.
Arman Apartment Hotel has two lobbies: The first is on the ground floor and is where you can find the reception desk and other services, such as taxi services. The second lobby, located on the 2nd floor, hosts a sitting space, coffee shop, restaurant, and other amenities. The reason for this is to “shield” guests from noise and crowds that usually plague the lobby area.
Furthermore, the establishment has facilities such as a conference hall, swimming pool, steam room and sauna, Jacuzzi, massage room, Turkish bath, gym, housekeeping, laundry, and tailor’s shop.
Arman Apartment Hotel is in only 5 minutes walking distance from the shrine of Imam Reza. Some of its units have a distinguished view of the holy site. In addition, there is a roof garden and coffee shop on top floor which help guests get away from the bustling city’s noise.
Melal Apartment Hotel in Tehran
Melal Apartment Hotel is another property of Melal Hotel Groups. It is located in one of the Tehran’s most exclusive residential and business districts: The upscale Africa Boulevard (widely referred to as Jordan Street).
Melal combines the experience of a stay in a luxury hotel living with the sort of freedom and comfort only found in apartment hotels.
At seven floors high, the property has 28 rooms, two restaurants, a coffee shop, gym and fitness center, outdoor swimming pool, sauna, meeting room and a business center. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
One of the property’s two restaurants, Terrace Restaurant, is well known in the metropolis thanks to its remarkable design and breathtaking view of the city.
In addition to the plethora of commercial centers and classy restaurants on Jordan Street, guests have access to one Tehran’s largest parks, Mellat Park.
Chehel Panjereh Apartment Hotel in Isfahan
Chehel Panjereh Apartment Hotel perhaps is the most famous apartment hotel in Isfahan, which is no mean feat considering the popularity of Isfahan and number lodging facilities in the city.
Its unique architecture is inspired by European-style boutique hotels and every room has a view of Zayandehroud, one of the most famous rivers in Iran where water only flows a few times a year since the river is dammed pretty high upstream.
The most eye-catching feature of the hotel is without a doubt the interior design of the lobby: Wooden décor combined with a large terrarium bring a sense of tranquility, ensuring a fantastic start to your trip.
Aside from style, Chehel Panjereh has other noteworthy features, such as the presence of interpreters 24/7, drivers, and Wi-Fi, not to mention in-room hot tubs in select suites.
The apartment hotel is located near Jolfa neighborhood, the Armenian quarter in Isfahan. It is also close to attractions like Vank Cathedral, Jolfa Square and Marnoun Bridge.
Media Apartment Hotel in Tehran
Media Apartment Hotel is another luxury lodging facility in Tehran. It is located in the upper business district of Tehran. Like Melal Apartment Hotel, it is situated in the Africa Blvd., in very close proximity to Mirdamad Blvd.
Geared more toward business guests, the Media has only 18 rooms, all of which are large and are available in two types: Those with a king size bed and those equipped with a twin bed.
The property’s conference hall hosts up to 30 people, while its lounge is perfect for small, private meetings. Breakfast and dinner are served at the lounge as well.
The apartment hotel is located very close to another business district, Mirdamad Boulevard, and has easy access to public transportation networks, such as Tehran Metro and Bus Rapid Transit routes.
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