Mashhad, a holy city in northeastern Iran, boasts some of the countries’ most impressive hotels, thanks to a booming luxury hotel sector.
Home to the shrine of Imam Reza (the eighth Shia imam), Mashhad hosts millions of domestic and foreign pilgrims, most of whom come from Persian Gulf littoral states. They demand quality accommodation and Mashhad strives to deliver.
So if you are looking for a top hotel in Mashhad, continue reading to learn more about the places stay at.
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Ghasr al-Ziafeh Hotel
The five-star Ghasr al-Ziafeh Hotel is steps away from the shrine, a feature that most hotels want but only a few can offer.
This luxury hotel provides 52 comfortable, soundproof rooms equipped with a refrigerator, power switch, TV and bathroom. High-speed Wi-Fi connection, 24-hour reception, and parking are among the hotel’s general amenities. The hotel also offers relaxing massage treatments.
While not as close to the shrine as Ghasr al-Ziafeh, Darvishi Hotel is near enough to be seriously considered for travelers seeking quality accommodation.
Located on the city’s main thoroughfare Imam Reza Street, the hotel features a roof garden, internet café, and an outdoor pool. Medical services are also available on the premises, making the hotel a popular choice among health tourists.
Darvishi Hotel has 200 rooms and suites that provide beds for 400 guests at its maximum capacity. High-speed internet is available all over the hotel.
The buffet breakfast is varied and the restaurant menu rivals establishments offering local and international cuisine. Guests also can work out at the fitness center and make use of the spa, sauna, Turkish steam bath, and an indoor pool. Other facilities include tour services, airport shuttle, taxi service, and conference halls and banquet facilities.
Pars International Hotel
While a central location is sought-after by hoteliers and many guests, it doesn’t mean everyone want it, which is one feature that helps Pars International Hotel stand out.
Set about 5km from the city center, Pars International Hotel provides a very quiet environment, away from the staple hustle and bustle of the city. It is also about 25 km from Shahid Hasheminejad International Airport in Mashhad.
The hotel’s 227 rooms can accommodate 500 guests.
Pars Hotel is in proximity of Torghabe and Shandiz recreational areas, with an artificial lake nearby that makes for a great location for walking.
The hotel’s amenities include a swimming pool, sauna, and Jacuzzi. Guests can also shoot some pool, hit the gym and use the internet café. Wi-Fi is available across the hotel.
A traditional restaurant and a coffee shop are located just inside the hotel; therefore, there is no need to leave the premises if you want to grab a quick cup of coffee.
Ghasr–e Talaei Hotel
Food, rather than proximity to the shrine, is a top criterion for many tourists, which is why many travelers to Mashhad choose to stay at Ghasr-e Talaei (Ghasr Talaee) Hotel.
A wide range of culinary offerings, from gastro style foods to Middle Eastern cuisine, Ghasr-e Talaei has it all, making it a popular choice among tourists with a refined palate.
With a whopping 610 air conditioned rooms, the hotel is one of the largest in the city. The amphitheater and conference halls are equipped with the latest audio-visual and video conferencing systems, turning it into an excellent venue for a variety of events.
The hotel also offers currency exchange as well as other banking services, though the latter may not be of much use to foreign guests.
Ghasr-e Talaei is also equipped with a gym, game room, pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, and Turkish bath. While not as close to the shrine of Imam Reza as some other options, the hotel is not particularly far. It is also in the vicinity of many shopping centers, and a mere 7 km away from the airport.
Homa Hotel 2
The 202-room Homa Hotel 2 is located in a quiet neighborhood away from the noisy city center.
It features an outdoor restaurant, tennis court, kids club, and banquet facilities. Guests can enjoy the well-maintained all-year indoor swimming pool for a refreshing dip, while high speed free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the hotel.
Every air conditioned room is equipped with an LCD TV, dining area, and a work desk. The bathrooms are equipped with a shower, hairdryer and free toiletries. It also has a 24-hour reception that can arrange for car rentals as well as other services.
Proma and Kian, two major shopping centers, are within walking distance of Homa Hotel 2 and Torghabeh and Shandiz recreational areas are just a few kilometers away.
The hotel is 15 km away from Shahid Hasheminejad International Airport and 8 km from the railway station.
All in all, the city of Mashhad in Khorasan Razavi Province offers lots of things to do and lots of places to go, but staying in a luxury hotel with top-notch amenities can help turn a good trip into an unforgettable one.
The list above offers hotels both near and far from the shrine, allowing you to choose an accommodation that best caters to your needs.
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