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Samal Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 94 Almaty B&B and Inns
Reviewed 12 August 2017

So, the hotel and the facilities are quite nice! The bedrooms and bathrooms are beautiful, but beware. The beds are super hard and lumpy. It's like sleeping on the box spring. I'm mostly confused about why they call themselves a spa. Most hotels have a pool, so in my book that doesn't it make it fall into the category of a spa. There are a couple of saunas, but in old soviet countries, this too is not uncommon. In my book, you are a spa if you offer massages, facials and such. As soon as we arrived (around 13:00), we went down to book a couples massage. We were told that we had to book a day in advance. NO WHERE on their website does it say that. So, we tried to book for the morning. Come to find out, all of their masseuses work off site and are contracted in. They can only come at night, as they work during the days at a different location. So, needless to say NO massage....our whole purpose in choosing this particular hotel. Also, be warned. They advertise that they offer over 60 massages, I looked at their menu and only counted 32. Not a huge deal, but another thorn in my side. One other thing to note, breakfast was sad. There was fresh watermelon, but the rest of the fruit was from a can. The potatoes and sausages were not kept warm, so they were cold. The coffee was HORRIBLE! The only thing that was pleasant was the oatmeal. Over all, I was disappointed. It was not what I was lead to believe from other reviews, or from friends. We had to laugh, as we left. They have a doorman. His sole purpose is to open the door to the lobby and maybe assist with luggage. Every time we passed him, he would stand off to the side and just watch us. Not sure what he is getting paid to do. Samal Resort and Spa have some learning to do. It is ashame, because it has so much potential.

Room Tip: beware, the beds are HARD!!!!
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 May 2017

I chose the hotel because I wanted to stay out of town, and this hotel looked perfect for me, it was very quiet, the staff helpful and there is a great restaurant just next door.

The room was bright and clean, I was able to go outdoors and do some walking too

Room Tip: am sure all of the rooms have great views, mine was on the front with amazing views
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  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled on business
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

This hotel is minutes away from Medeu Ice Rink and is located next to a bus stop. The hotel s beautiful and the breakfast is great. We hiked every day and came back for a soak at the spa. The hotel takes good care of you. The only problem was the bed is very hard according to western standards.

  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

For those used to hotels Kazakh style, Samal Spa is a breath of fresh air. Large and well-appointed rooms, with high quality linens and decor. No tea/coffee facilities in room, but very prompt and attentive room-service brings hot drinks almost immediately.
Perfect base for skiing at Shimbulak nearby (take the bus which stops right outside for a pittance), or for just chilling in the mountains.
Generous breakfast buffet, and excellent food for dinner on-site, or at sister restaurant (Arab gastronomy) next door.
Western-priced spa, but worth the money.
Highly recommended.

Room Tip: All seemed good
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  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

The hotel itself is situated in a very nice mountain area, relaxed and quiet atmosphere is provided. Although the hotel is located pretty far away from city and still not so close to Medeo, keep that in mind. Decor is alright, nothing really to complain about. Only negative experience that for us is that we booked a room for two but everything like towel, bathrobe, slippers, etc. came for one person, which is ridiculous. Breakfast was decent and spa really made up for everything else.

Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank Y C
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Additional Information about Samal Resort & Spa

Address: Gornaya St., 548, Almaty 050059, Kazakhstan
Region: Kazakhstan > Almaty
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 94 B&Bs / Inns in Almaty
Price Range: €72 - €96 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Samal Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 35
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