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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Zhetysu Almaty
a creapy soviet-style hotel, that has maybe been once a nice one. But now that's only a leftover of an old wealthy era. It's maybe the only cheap place to stay in Almaty (10 euros/person/night if you ask for the "hostel").
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... a a size difference between the 2 cities with Almaty being quite alot larger. Coming through the suburbs you you also notice how ex soviet block the buildings are. Almaty has more of an edgier side to it than Bishkek and the Kryzg people seem to be friendly in Bishkek from my observations. There is also a lot larger Russian population in Almaty compared to Bishkek.