Where to stay in Isfahan?

Would you like to discover the charms of Iran, on the edge of Asia? Here’s where to stay in Isfahan, the country’s third-largest city!

Home to over two million inhabitants, Isfahan was the capital of the Persian Empire between the 16th and 17th centuries. Particularly well irrigated, its vast green expanses are in astonishing contrast to the desert expanses typical of Iran! The city is a Mecca of Persian culture, as evidenced by the many historic buildings scattered here and there; the sumptuous Islamic monuments, of course, as well as the traces of Safavid art evident in the architecture of this dynasty. A true jewel of the Orient, the city is a typically Iranian grande dame, with a strong character… and an assertive majesty!

Ready to plunge into the heart of the Middle East, on the Persian side? We’ll take you on a tour and give you the best tips for finding the accommodation of your dreams in Isfahan.

Historical center

Place de l'imam Khomeiny, Ispahan

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As the city is huge, there is no real city center, but there is a historic center, which is centred around Naghsh-e Jahan Square, also known as Imam Square, one of the largest squares in the world in terms of surface area and, undoubtedly, beauty. Listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site, it is surrounded by historic monuments to Safavid culture, such as the Shah’s Mosque, to the south of the square, the Ali Qapu Palace, to the west, and the gateway to the Great Bazaar of Isfahan, to the north of this huge space.

As you’ll have gathered, Iran is a land of strict Islamic mores, so it goes without saying that local activities for a passing visitor will probably be limited to visiting these splendid monuments – we recommend a visit to the Khaju and Si-o-se Pol bridges , extraordinary works of architecture – or discovering the museums such as the Isfahan Museum of Natural History, housed in a building in typical, grandiose Iranian style, or the Museum of Islamic Art.

As far as accommodation is concerned, the historic center is full of European hotels that won’t faze the typical Western traveler, as well as small, typical and often much more affordable places where you can enjoy local dishes: « chelo kebab » and a glass of mint tea would be our best advice!

Find an Airbnb in downtown Esfahan

Armenian quarter

Nicknamed « the new Djoulfa« , after the town from which many Armenians were deported by the Shah of Iran, this district lies to the south of the Zayandeh rud river, which flows through the city; In fact, it’s one of Iran’s most visited districts, home to a dozen or so religious monuments, including the famous Vank Cathedral, Iran’s most visited cathedral, built in the 17th century and still in use today, which alone is worth a detour when visiting Isfahan!

What’s more, this lively district offers numerous cafés and restaurants, as well as accommodation that can be rented: yes, you can find what you’re looking for on Airbnb, even in Iran… many markets and souks are held here, which are not lacking in charm and are far less chaotic than the great bazaar on the other side of the river! For those looking for a place to stay in Isfahan, this is a prime location, sure to please lovers of authenticity in search of unforgettable memories.

Find an Airbnb in the Armenian Quarter

Map of hotels and accommodation – Esfahan