The Rich hotel does not have an elevator and so guests must access the
upper floors of this hotel by means of a staircase.
For $70 per night for two people, this hotel provides exceptional value
for your money. We arrived at 3 am in the morning on September 3, 2014
but were charged only $35 for early check in as opposed to 100% in most
hotels. The man working in the reception came to our car to help with
the luggage. The hotel staff is friendly, polite, and extremely helpful.
At least one person working at the reception desk during the day speaks
good English. A delicious made to order breakfast is included in the
price between 8 am and 12 Noon. The hotel accepts payment in us Dollars
and does not insist on local currency. The hotel did not ask us to
prepay and allowed us to settle our bill upon check out. Two weeks
before we were due to arrive, the hotel emailed us an offer to provide
an airport to hotel transfer. We did not need the transfer because we
had already booked transfers, a city tour of Bishkek, a visit to the
Burana Tower, a land transfer from Bishkek to Almaty via the Ak Jol
border crossing of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, sightseeing in Almaty, and
an airport transfer in Almaty with a Bishkek based tour operator called
Iron Horse Nomads. Mr. Ryan Hornung, a us citizen now living in Bishkek,
owns this company and he provided us a Jeep Grand Cherokee and an
English speaking driver for the entire duration of our visit to
Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan for a very reasonable price. The Rich hotel,
at our request, provided us with a room on the same floor as the
reception desk as there is no elevator in this hotel.