Hotels in Ulaanbataar, Mongolia

by Joanne Thomas

In 2010, Mongolia has 23 hotels and about 300 Mongolian yurts, or ger, camps, according to the official Mongolia tourism website. The large majority of the hotels in Mongolia are found in its capital, Ulaanbaatar. The Mongolian government requires hotels to be registered and graded according to the government's rating system with three to five stars, making it easy for visitors to choose a hotel of an appropriate level of luxury. About four hotels with four or five stars are found in the city, plus around a dozen with three stars.

The Ulaanbaatar Hotel

The Ulaanbaatar Hotel, which has been awarded five stars by Mongolia's National Board for Hotel Ranking, occupies a restored 1959 landmark in the heart of the city. It is located within walking distance of numerous city landmarks, including the State Palace, National Gallery and the Museum of Natural History. Following an extensive renovation in 2006, the hotel offers contemporary features designed for both business and leisure travelers, such as complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access and a state-of-the-art fitness room. Room options consist of standard, superior and deluxe rooms, all with premium bedding, bathrobes and slippers and a private bar; 645-square-foot suites with living rooms and two bathrooms; and the presidential suite, which features a kitchenette, living and dining rooms and a study. All guests have access to steam rooms, hot tubs and a dry sauna; massages are also available. Other facilities include a convenience store offering souvenirs and sundries, a duty-free store, a hair salon and a travel agency desk.

Chinggis Khaan Hotel

The 196-room Chinggis Khaan Hotel is located within a large shopping mall complex on a main road in central Ulaanbataar. Its guest rooms and one- and two-bedroom suites feature unfussy, contemporary decor, flat-screen televisions, bathrobes and slippers. All room rates include a buffet breakfast at the on-site Temuujin Restaurant, which also offers lunch and dinner buffets with American, Asian and European dishes. The hotel's other restaurant, Mr. Wang Chinese Restaurant, offers more than 30 kinds of Chinese dumplings as well as Korean and Mongolian specialties. Other facilities include an indoor swimming pool, spa, sauna and fitness center.

Narantuul Hotel

Narantuul Hotel is a centrally located, modern hotel offering 24 self-catering guest rooms and suites, a restaurant and pub, a sauna and the only elevator in Mongolia. Three types of rooms are available: standard rooms with a private balcony; suite rooms with mountain and city views; and the Narantuul Suite, which features a living room and meeting area. Every room has a kitchen area and Internet access, and some offer views of the nearby Gandan Monastery, the largest Buddhist monastery in Mongolia. The Winter Garden restaurant on the third floor features a large, glass-enclosed dining room filled with light; the Slade Pub features comfy couches and a warm, cozy atmosphere with a full bar and fine dining menu.

Bayangol Hotel

Bayangol Hotel, which has been granted four-star status by the Mongolian tourism authority, is a seven-acre complex with two 12-story towers in the center of Ulaanbataar. It has 400 guest rooms and five restaurants, including One Day in Mongolia serving modern versions of traditional local dishes; the upscale Wine House; and Bellagio, a Vietnamese restaurant. Guest room features include a flat-screen television with international cable channels, a minibar and complimentary bottled water upon arrival; they offer views of Mount Bogd, the National Children's Park or the city. Business rooms come with a computer; some of the executive suites feature whirlpool bathtubs. All room rates include high-speed Internet access and a daily buffet breakfast.

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