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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Shymkent
This was probably a good hotel in its day, but its day was long ago.
In western standards this would struggle to rate 2 stars, the rooms are sad, the breakfast looked as if its don e on the basis that if you don t eat it today, you'll get it tomorrow until you do eat it. Juice was thin, pancakes were cold and nothing to go on them, loads of fried eggs, how old are they?
Wifi only works in the foyer, altho there is a signal on the floors, but it doesnt connect
Poor but very expensive
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... meant it ended up being paked miles from the terminal - a terminal which seems grubbier and more crowded every time I see it (though not as crowded as Gatwick North - they were queueing for the restaurants there at 10.30 in the morning).
Second flight a very new Air Astana Airbus to Almaty (previously known as Almata). We arrived there in the dark, about 6am, by the time I walked out to get onto ...
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13th to 17th June
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I wasn't really sure what to expect. Surprisingly some might think, Kazakstan is actually one of the wealthiest countries in the world. It has massive oil reserves, no national debt and the two major cities, the capital Astana and former capital Almaty are amongst the most modern 'space aged' cities ...