Mavie : Cosy Family Hotel in Tashkent
Uzbekistan have been named as one of the top 20 regions to visit in 2020 by Lonely Planet. I wanted to visit it for such a long time, and finally stars smiled and we arrived to Tashkent on a sunny October afternoon.
Our flight from London was during the night and we also had an early morning stop over in Moscow, so it was a relief that Mavie Hotel, where we were staying, provided a free transfer from the airport. We were picked up and brought to the hotel to rest a little bit. Once we had tea and dried fruit, which are a taste delight in Uzbekistan, we explored the hotel and its outside space as well.
The hotel is managed by Mavie, a young entrepreneur girl who speaks perfect English and has a very good sense of humour. She will also cook your breakfast in the morning and, let me tell you, it will be delicious. Mavie has travelled extensively herself, so she knows exactly what a tired traveller needs.
The hotel itself is lovely, it has only a few rooms, and each of them is finished to very high specification in modern Uzbek style. While for some people interior decoration might seem a bit over the top, I really enjoyed it, as it shows you the bright nature of the country and its adoration of rich decoration.
The hotel is family friendly: in the evening you can put your kids to bed and stay in the lounge drinking tea and gossiping. You will be able to hear the kids crying if they wake up. Let me assure you this would not be possible in a conventional large hotel.
Breakfast is a beautiful spread of freshly baked bread, fresh vegetables and charcuterie selection, followed by pancakes and tea with dried fruit and nuts. If you have any special dietary requirements, these can be catered for.
The hotel grounds are totally green and will be a delight during summer months. There is an outside seating area and the terrace, but we did not use it, as it was getting chilly in the evening.
The hotel has an indoor pool, but you will need to ask for this to be heated, if you are arriving in winter months. There is also a sauna and a room with a fireplace, where you can relax.
Unless you have to stay in the centre of Tashkent, I recommend Mavie Hotel location. Tashkent is a very big city with huge boulevards and practically non walkable streets due to distances involved, so you will be getting a taxi pretty much anywhere you want to go. Taxis are cheap and reliable, so we did not have any issues getting around and the hotel is located not far from the city centre, maybe 10-15 minutes drive.
I also have to commend the booking process, as Mavie was very responsive and answered all my questions without hesitation. Once we arrived, she was able to advise on places to eat, prices at the food market and was just a genuinely happy lady to chat about everything.
Our stay was hosted by Mavie Hotel, but all opinions are my own.