Asia Samarkand Hotel
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Nice comfortable hotel with friendly staff, situated close to the Registan and the other major sights. Rooms are spacious, breakfast selection is exellent, lobby Wifi is quite fast, but the swimming pool is a bit small for the number of visitors.
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