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4 Different Types of Hotels in Iran

One of the most important parts of a trip to Iran is the accommodation we choose and book and knowing the different types of hotels in Iran can be very helpful. Sometimes we may have very high expectations of the quality of the hotel, we may have a limited budget for our stay, or we may want to try different hotels and accommodations in the destination country. In this article, we try to briefly explain the different types of hotels in Iran.

Types of Hotels in Iran:

Types of Hotels in Iran: Star Hotels

Let’s start to talk about the different kinds of hotels in Iran by Star hotels. Hotel starring is an international system, but some countries incorporate their own standards. For this reason, the concept of stars in Iran may be slightly different from European, American, or other Asian countries.

Despite these differences, we can largely predict the amenities of the hotels based on the number of stars. The rating of the stars is based on the amenities and services provided to travelers, such as restaurants, swimming pools, views and area of rooms, room facilities and suites, sports services such as spa and sauna, staff interaction and fluency in several languages, free internet and more.

5-Star Hotel in Iran

5-star hotels in Iran are luxury accommodations that usually meet the world standard wherever they are in the world. Everything in these hotels is luxurious and complete, from the luxurious view of the building and the view of the rooms to their services and facilities. Rooms and public spaces are usually decorated with valuable works of art.

There are also several shops and taxi services at the hotel. The number of rooms in the luxury hotel is from 100 to more. The 5-star hotels in Iran have courtyards, lobbies, and large, cozy rooms. The quality of the sleeping area is excellent, i.e. the size of the bed is either large or normal, as well as the quality of the mattress and the cleanliness of the bedding at its best.

types of hotels in iran - Espinas palace in Tehran (5 stars)
types of hotels in iran - Espinas palace in Tehran (5 stars)

4-Star Hotel

4-star hotels in Iran offer fewer facilities than 5-star hotels, but their quality is much higher than average. Usually in these hotels, luxury and pleasant rooms are considered for entertaining guests, the view of the hotel is beautiful, the lobby is stylish and comfortable and the public spaces are beautifully designed. Large or regular size beds, quality mattresses and bedding, skylights, minibar, regular housekeeping and other facilities such as fridge, towel, and wardrobe in the room or suite are provided.

The restaurant and coffee shop are of excellent quality and serve a varied menu. The hotel staff is trained, can speak and enjoy several languages. At the same time, like a 5-star hotel in Iran, they are responsible for carrying passenger’s luggage.

Sports facilities at these hotels usually include a swimming pool, sauna, massage, gym and spa. 4-star hotels in Iran are sometimes priced equal to luxury hotels and sometimes cheaper.

4-star hotels in Iran - Parsian Khazar Hotel in Chalous

3-Star Hotel in Iran

Another category of hotels is 3-star hotels in Iran, which usually have the same reservation price as their facilities. However, being mediocre does not mean poor facilities.

In a 3-star hotel in Iran, also called Comfort, the rooms are average, air-conditioned and the quality of the bed, mattresses, and bedding is good. Services such as laundry and housekeeping are provided, but room cleaning may not be provided during our stay without our request. The rooms have toilets, bathrooms, and refrigerators, toiletries such as towels and shampoo, and telephones.

3 star hotels in Iran - Amatis hotel in tehran

2-Star Hotel in Iran

When we get to this type of hotel in Iran, the difference in the star of the hotel is more noticeable. The facilities of 2-star hotels are not luxurious, but cleanliness is considered. The number of hotel rooms is not large. The rooms are medium or small and have facilities such as TV and telephone.

Some of these hotels have restaurants, but may not be served in the dining room. Due to the reasonable price of booking a 2-star hotel, we can count on this category of hotels for business trips. A 2-star hotel in Iran is also called a standard.

1-Star Hotel in Iran

1-star hotels in Iran meet standards, but the level and quality of their facilities are minimal. The number and area of the rooms are usually small and they may not have very good lighting. Most 1-star hotels in Iran have shared bathrooms and sometimes toilets.

These hotels do not have a large number of staff and provide poor service to guests. However, one should not assume that one-star hotels do not have passengers. Due to the cheapness and affordability of these hotels, those with limited budgets can stay in these hotels. 1-star hotels are also called hotel tourists.

Types of Hotels in Iran: Eco-lodges

Eco-lodges are a type of accommodation in Iran that is in harmony with the nature around it. Eco-lodge is made up of a combination of two words, Eco meaning environmentally friendly, and Lodge meaning residence. It can be said that the concept of eco-lodges in the tourism industry is a new concept. The International Ecotourism Association first coined the term in 1994. In recent years, the share of nature tourism in the tourism industry has grown significantly and it can be said that a bright future awaits it.

Eco-lodges in Iran - meymand
Meymandmoons Ecolodge in Meymand Village

Tourists stay in eco-lodges in Iran to travel to the pristine nature and villages and visit the natural beauties of the region. On this kind of trip, they can taste the delicious taste of local food and experience the making of handicrafts. Tourists get the opportunity to interact with the local community properly and receive unique experiences. In contrast, the local community benefits from the profits and revenues of the tourism industry in a balanced way.

Features of Eco-lodges in Iran:

  • Emphasizes the value and preservation of the environment and indigenous culture of the region should be a priority for eco-lodges.
  • Eco-lodges need to interact with the local community and benefit the local community in the process.
  • Eco-lodges are built in accordance with the local architecture of the region and during construction, they cause the least damage and impact to their surroundings.
  • Eco-lodges should be designed to be as energy-efficient as possible. Eco-lodges try to minimize the use of water, electricity, and gas resources.
  • Eco-lodges need to use new alternative energy sources, such as clean solar energy. – Eco-lodges introduce travelers and tourists to the surrounding nature, plant species, wildlife, ecosystem as well as the culture, customs, and rituals of the region.

Ecotourism resorts are divided into different types according to the purpose and geography in which they are built and the level of services they provide to tourists. Some eco-lodges in Iran are called private residences. These eco-lodges are mostly of interest to professional tourists and are built in pristine and remote natural areas for specific purposes.

ecolodges in Iran - Koroshk House in Pasargadae

Objectives such as bird watching or visiting specific wildlife species. Such accommodations usually have a lower level of service. Ordinary accommodations have a better level of service and easier access and are welcomed by tourists. These accommodations are of interest to tourists who want to experience a cozy and comfortable stay with acceptable amenities and enjoy the natural scenery in Iran.

Types of Hotels in Iran: Traditional Hotels/ Houses

Iran, the ancient land, with its unique history and civilization, has relics of its ancestors. Culture-oriented hotels or traditional hotels in Iran are built according to the culture and history of the city and historical design is considered in the design of the facade and its materials. Building such hotels is time-consuming and expensive, which is why old and historic houses have been turned into traditional hotels. Traditional hotels in Iran take us to the heart of history and connect with the roots of Iranian culture.

In cities of Iran with a traditional texture, there are houses and inns that have now become traditional hotels. The pleasure of drinking tea in a slim cup, crockery, traditional food and music, sitting on the rug, stained glass windows, etc. are some of the most exciting experiences of staying in a traditional hotel in Iran. Such hotels are completely built with the architecture of the past and every corner has a sign of history.

traditional hotels, houses in Iran - Toloue Khorshid traditional hotel in Isfahan
traditional house and hotel in Kashan

The main features of such hotels in Iran are:

Paintings, artistic and of course flawless plastering, pools full of water with spectacular fountains, colorful windows, numerous thatched stairs, mirrors and numerous columns, these features are signs of originality.

Types of Hotels in Iran: Boutique Hotels

The boutique hotels in Iran have features that set them apart from the rest and make them attractive. This style of hotel is not very spacious, is smaller than other hotels, and has less than 100 rooms, which makes it easier to serve travelers. Of course, this does not mean that it has a small space, but it shows that they kept the hotel not crowded and tourists feel comfortable as if they are at home. This type of hotel does not have a large area and its facilities are acceptable and keep travelers satisfied with its appropriate equipment.

Due to the small size, the atmosphere of a boutique hotel in Iran should not be disappointing, so we have always tried to design it in an attractive and impressive way. Charming colors and designs, enchanting decorations and special items such as kilims, sculptures, antiques, etc. are some of the things you will find in the boutique hotel and give you a pure sense of calm. In such hotels, the color spectrum is of special importance and by mixing the colors together, a beautiful effect is given to the eyes of travelers.

Boutique Hotels in Iran - Abbasi Hotel in Isfahan
boutique hotels in iran - Dad Haotel in Yazd

This was a guide on different types of Hotels in Iran. There 4 types of hotels in Iran that aside from Star Hotels, Eco-lodges, Traditional hotels, and Boutique Hotels are the one which are somehow unique in Iran. All of these hotels are available in our Iran tours and in addition, you can choose which one you prefer to stay in according to your preferences, interests, and style of travel in our tailor-made Iran tours. You can choose and buy your desired tour from “To Iran Tour” and stay in a variety of hotels in Iran, experience a local life in eco-lodges and get to know how our ancestors used to live in their houses in traditional hotels and boutique hotels. 

Have you ever stay in any of these hotels in Iran? If so, feel free to share your experiences on the comment section below!


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