Mashhad is sacred ground for Shia Muslims. Imam Reza, the 8th Imam of the Shia is buried in Mashhad and his holy shrine welcomes millions of pilgrims each year. Handling such an immense number of travelers is very challenging. Accommodation and food are the priorities in the list of the required services and Mashhad definitely does not disappoint you. Excluding Tehran, the capital, nowhere in Iran is comparable to the wealth and quality of accommodation in Mashhad. Some of the most excellent Iranian hotels are in Mashhad. If you have decided to visit the city and wonder where to stay in Mashhad, here, we will provide you with some tips on the best accommodation. Mashhad boasts some of the most beautiful hotels in Iran with online booking available for all domestic and international guests. There are more than seventeen five-star hotels in the city. Almas, Homa, Ghasre Talayi and Palace International Hotel are the most popular luxury hotels in Mashhad. The deluge of visitors during the religious holidays in Mashhad has led to the establishment of a plethora of cheap hotels. Miami, Diplomat, and Alvand are some of the most popular in this category. Cheap accommodation in Mashhad also includes hostels and guesthouse. Mashhad’s guesthouses display a stunning diversity both regarding price and quality of service. Mersad and Mashahir are two fabulous guesthouses in Mashhad with very reasonable prices. Cheap hostels and B&Bs are a new but fast-growing development in Iran. A lot of backpackers frequent Mashhad on their way from the east to the north and north-west of Iran, and they stay in hostels. Espino, Fakher, and Alton are the first choices of cheap hostels and apartment hotels in Mashhad. An exciting development of these hostels are a couple of youth hostels in Mashhad, soon to be opened.The first image that runs through the mind when the name of Mashhad comes up is Imam Reza’s Shrine. But Mashhad’s tourist attractions go beyond religious monuments. Gohar Shad Mosque, Nadir Shah’s Tomb and the Tomb of Sheikh Baha’i are three instances of the historical sites in Mashhad. Mashhad’s tours are in demand most of the year, especially during religious holidays when finding a tour is extremely difficult. It is best for the foreign tourists to skip the religious holidays, due to the overpopulation of the city and heavy traffic on the roads leading to Mashhad.
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