Hottest rates for hotels in Uzbekistan
Generally, the Uzbek hotels are perceived by many as fairly pricey. Due to over-regulation by the government, rather high cost of local inputs and seasonal nature of the tourism business, the rates vs. quality indicator for most hotels, if viewed by a Western traveler, would be lower than it is for the most developed world destinations. In this sense, finding the best rate from various hotels and local hotel reservation services can be quite a challenge.
There are, therefore, a few things that should be remembered when you decide upon which hotel to choose and what rate to pay.
1. Bigger and more stars hotel, say in Samarkand or Bukhara, does not necessarily have better facilities and service, but would surely have higher rates. You can always find a beautiful smaller-size hotel, with superb location, excellent service and spacious rooms to match and compete an older-time monster.
2. Use seasonal rates. A good news about many bigger hotels, though, is that they offer seasonal discounts, usually in winter time, when the inflow of guests is shrinking. This is definitely not the greatest time to see the beauty of Uzbek nature or enjoy historical monuments, but for people, such as businessmen, who come at this time of the year, it is advised to request seasonal discounts at any time they check in. This does not always work for smaller private hotels, who tend to have more rigid pricing over the year.
3. Use discounted 'travel rates'. Big hotels, especially ones in Tashkent, Samarkand and Bukhara tend to have a tricky pricing policy, which has several categories of rates, including the so called 'walk-in' or 'rack' rates, which are usually indecently high, and separate rates for their usual clients, such as travel agencies, normally quite acceptable. Local suppliers are usually able to negotiate better rates, that's why it is strongly advised to try to find a local supplier, and spend some effort on the Internet.