Normally, when I look for accommodation while traveling I will most likely use either Booking.com or Hostelworld, most likely will you. However, if you have plans to go to Iran, and have typed in your destination there, you might realize that the results will be very minimal. So instead of you having to search the internet for separate reviews for every city, here is a summary of some accommodation in Iran; places I would recommend staying at, and how to book them!
Accommodation in Iran:
How to book a hostel in Iran
So, as stated above, you might as well forget about Hostelworld and Booking.com. That doesn’t mean that there are some other websites out there that can help you along the way! My favorite website to find accommodation in Iran was hostelsiniran.com. This website offers a large range of hostels and budget hotels in most larger cities, and smaller towns, including pictures, prices per room, and the option to make a booking. The website will contact the hostel to check availability, and always got back to me within a couple of hours. If you have a simcard, you can also opt to call the hostel or hotel directly and make a booking with them. When we traveled off season this turned out to save us money since we could often negotiate about the price over the phone. The website is still growing, creating a larger and larger database! Nonetheless, not every place I stayed at was found on this website, but it could give you a head start, a backup plan, or perhaps just an idea about what kind of accommodation (and prices) you can expect.
Recommended Accommodation in Iran
Tehran – Kojeen: See You in Iran Café-Hostel – 16$ for a dorm in February 2017 (excl. Breakfast). Kojeen not only has a perfect location when it comes to sights in Tehran, it is also close to two metro stations allowing you to easily (and cheaply) transport yourself within the city. But the location is not the reason I am recommending Kojeen… Kojeen, while only recently opened in the beginning of 2017, has made it to the list of my favorite hostels. It is a cozy hostel, with delicious food available, and has amazing friendly staff that are always up for a chat or willing to answer your questions about the city. Moreover, the cafe in the hostel made it easy to meet other travelers and locals, so in my opinion perfect for solo travelers. Have a look on their website here!
Kashan – Noghli House – 15$ for a dorm in February 2017 (incl. Breakfast). Finding this hostel the first time might be a bit of a struggle, but once you have found it you can only realize how perfectly located this hostel is. Situated in the small alleys of the old Kashan the hostel is only walking distance from the main sights, the bazar and the traditional houses. Staff is helpful and will provide you with a small map of the city. Rooms are nothing special but there is a communal courtyard where travelers hang out, and free breakfast is provided in the morning. More info can be found on the hostel’s website!
Esfahan – Seven Hostel – 15$ for a form in March 2017 (incl. Breakfast). Whilst Isfahan is visited by almost every traveler who visits Iran, the amount of hostels in Isfahan is low. Many opt for a stay at Amir Kabir (and end up leaving after a day, or even half an hour). We decided to stay at Seven Hostel, which is not precisely a hostel, but more dorms located in a hotel. In the end we made a booking for three and ended up getting a private room for the price we would have paid for a dorm. There is no communal area where travelers hang out, so perhaps not the best place as a solo traveler. If you are traveling with company the hostel offers clean beds, a simple free breakfast and a relative good location. Find more information here.
Yazd – Orient Hotel – 15$ for a dorm in March 2017 (incl. Breakfast). Perfect location close to Yazd’s main sights. The hotel offers dorms in the basement, the beds are quite hard, but the hotel has a good atmosphere. Staff is friendly and helpful, there is a beautiful courtyard where you can hang out and the hotel has a restaurant on the rooftop where the free breakfast is served in the morning. Off season we paid 10$ for the dorm. Find more information about the Orient Hotel here.
Shiraz – Golshan Hostel – 15$ for a dorm in March 2017 (incl. Breakfast). A kind and helpful owner who upgraded us from the dorms (located in the second building of the hotel) to a nice room attached to the courtyard. The hostel is located close to restaurants, Shiraz’s many sights and offers day tours. If you are not willing to participate in the day tours the owner and staff of the hostel are still helpful in answering all your questions. A simple but tasty breakfast is served in the morning with complimentary coffee and tea. Find more information here.
Taft – Nartitee Hostel – 15$ for a dorm in March 2017 (incl. Breakfast). Whilst we didn’t manage to sleep in this hostel due to transportation already booked, we spend the day with the kind owners of the hostel. Taft is only a short ride away from Yazd, and spending the day in Taft in Nartitee was absolutely one of the highlights of my trip. We rented bikes from the owner to explore the area, and came back to a delicious meal cooked for us. Perfect for a day trip from Yazd, while I am sure that staying the night will make your visit even better. Find more information about Nartitee here.
Hostels in Iran
As you can see from my reviews accommodation in Iran doesn’t have to be expensive. If you are looking to cut down your cost even more, or interest more with locals, perhaps you would want to look into Couchsurfing. While I didn’t do any Couchsurfing myself in Iran, I have heard a lot of positive stories. Don’t expect fancy hostels, beds can be a bit hard, but hostel staff will almost always warmly welcome you with a fresh cup of tea, good advice, and a delicious breakfast!