Where to stay in Kazakhstan
Most towns in Kazakhstan have a limited supply of reasonable accommodation. It is advisable to make reservations in advance, either directly or through a travel agency. Most hotels deliver a basic level of comfort, although Western standards should not be expected.
Grading: A star-grading system is in use. There are at least two 5-star hotels in Almaty, as well as numerous new hotels of a reasonable standard.
The only designated campsites are the permanent base camps from which the high peaks of Kazakhstan are climbed. Travellers pitch their tents in other localities at their own risk, although there are no regulations against it.
Turbazas, 'tourist bases', are an alternative to hotel accommodation. For a small fee, visitors have access to basic bungalow accommodation and three meals a day.