Abbasi Hotel

Abbasi Hotel historical structure

Abbasi Hotel is a famous hotel in Isfahan located in the old texture of the city. The building of this hotel was actually a caravanserai built 300 years ago by the mother of the last Safavid King, Sultan Husayn (1668-1726), and gifted to the Chahar Bagh seminary as source of income for the school. The caravanserai was still in use in the Qajar era (1772–1834) but gradually fell into ruin. French archaeologist, architect and historian André Godard (1881-1965) undertook the renovation of this hotel in the 1950s and in 1966 the caravanserai was officially inaugurated as a hotel. Like other caravanserais, Abbasi caravanserai had a large square courtyard. There is an iwan on each corner of the yard where white-colored rooms are lined in two stories. The courtyard was turned into a Persian garden following the renovation of the structure. Today, this garden is lined with waterways, tall trees and heavenly scented flowers. The courtyard has a rectangular pool in front of the building and several smaller turquoise fountains scattered around the grounds. The view of this garden is spectacular at night when the light fixtures around the pool are turned on. Guests of the hotel can sit in this garden to enjoy meals and have Persian tea.   A large dome covered in turquoise tiles is raised above the hotel which can be seen from some of the rooms. The hotel currently has 225 rooms, suites and apartments each with unique and captivating decorations designed to bring to mind the interior of Safavid (1501-1722) and Qajar palaces and mansions. The hotel is considered a treasure trove of Persian arts for the finesse of its wall paintings, mirrorwork, moqarnas arches, cutout stucco decorations, colored glass and lattice doors and windows. The ceilings of the hotel’s lobby and restaurants are covered in Persian miniature-style paintings featuring arabesque and flower motifs. The hotel has three restaurants two of which have been named after magnificent Safavid creations namely Chehel Sotoun and Ali Qapu Hall and one which has been named after the Mirror Hall common in Qajar era Palaces and mansions. The walls of the Chehel Sotoun and Ali Qapu dining halls have Persian miniature paintings resembling the works of Safavid era artists. The 1974 movie ‘And Then There Were None,’ a screen adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel, was filmed in Abbasi Hotel. Today, this beautiful hotel is a popular destination for those visiting the City of Turquoise Domes. It’s worth mentioning that Abbasi Hotel is just in five minutes distance from most of the tourist sites and places in Isfahan such as: Chehelsotoon Palace, Hasht Behesht Palace, Khaju Bridge, etc.

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