While planning your trip, you should spend some time choosing where to stay in Iran. In fact, you have several options, ranging from inexpensive dormitory rooms at hostels to luxurious suites at 5-star hotels. The decision is largely dependent on your taste, preferences, and needs. Here we touch upon some of the main accommodation choices you will have in Iran.
Staying at a hotel is the typical accommodation option in Iranian cities. It is also the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about where to stay in Iran. The good news is there is generally no shortage of hotels in the country. You can find several top-rated 5-star hotels in major destinations in Iran, including the capital Tehran. When it comes to smaller cities, the options might be limited to fewer and less elegant hotels but you can still find somewhere comfortable to stay at.
Due to a recent devaluation of the Iranian rial, foreigners usually find top-rated hotels in Iran quite affordable. However, if you are looking for cheaper options, you can opt for 2- or 3-star hotels which are still quite convenient.
Most of the hotels in Iran offer standard amenities including include WiFi internet access, free parking, disability facilities, laundry service, luggage storage, and 24-hour reception. There also different types of rooms to book including single, twin and triple rooms as well as suites and apartments. Restaurants at hotels also serve traditional Iranian food and foreign cuisines.
If you are planning a budget trip and wonder where to stay in Iran, then hostels could be the perfect place for you. Hostels and backpacker guesthouse are easier to find in bigger cities and some are unbelievable cheap and can be booked online.
The number of hostels in Iran, however, is on the rise as they become a more popular option among visitors.
Eco-lodges offer an interesting way to experience Iran as a local. You can find eco-lodges in many parts of Iran, particularly rural areas located near popular tourism routes. This type of accommodation is growing in popularity because it offers a touch of local life not provided by other options. Therefore, if you want to get to know Iran closely and learn about different Iranian traditions and customs, do consider staying at eco-lodges.
Make sure to spend some time in Nartitee Eco-lodge, if you are traveling to Yazd.
Camping is also an option when it gets down to where to stay in Iran. Though it is not a very typical choice. In many cities, including Tehran and towns in the Caspian Sea region, you can find stretches of land dedicated to camping. Campers should avoid setting their tents where they could draw attention and curiosity.
There are rules and regulations for camping in some of these sites which you might pay attention to. You should also ask for permission to camp near a hotel, a petrol station or military sites. Registration with the police is required if camping.
You must have already heard that Iranians are hospitable people. That’s the truth, bare and simple. It is also a great way to experience Iran. You will most probably get invited by an Iranian family and if you feel comfortable with them don’t miss the chance. You will have some amazing time with them and get to taste authentic Iranian food.
Couchsurfing in Iran
Sometimes you can arrange a home stay using Couchsurfing. But the website was blocked in Iran back in 2017 and many hosts no longer offer beds/couches/floor space to surfers. Yet, you may still be able to find hosts using a VPN in Iran. This is a good way to meet local people.