If you are visiting Almaty, you shouldn't miss out on the opportunity to visit the Central State Museum of Kazakhstan. Consisting of seven exhibition halls, the blue-roofed museum traces the colourful history of Kazakhstan from the very beginning of time, right through the mass migration of people to the impetuous events of this century and the present day, and is a great place to spend a morning. From there you can go down by Furmanov Street, away from the museum, to the pleasant Republic Square with its Independence monument and former Residence of the President . Not far from the hotel there are Gakku and Tubeteika restaurants where you could stop for breakfast and try Baursaki, the local Kazakh fried bread.
The afternoon is the best time to visit the picturesque valley of Medeo, about 15km away from Almaty. Besides its beautiful natural setting this is where you'll find the world's highest mountain speed skating rink in an Olympic-size ice stadium where more than 180 world records have been made. There is also a huge dyke here, created to protect the city from mud slides. The dyke's reservoir holds an impressive 12,600,000 cubic metres of water. On your way back to the hotel you could stop at the Alasha restaurant for some local Kazakh food.
Koktobe is the mountain right in the centre of the Almaty and from its summit you get the best panoramic views of the city. In the evening ride the cable car up from Satpaeva and Dotstyk. It takes just five minutes to ascend to the observation point and back-to-back costs 2000 Kazakh Tenge. There are three restaurants up here and one of them, Grill Bar, is situated just on the edge of the mountain so you can enjoy spectacular views while you eat. In addition there are several small boutiques and an art gallery to browse through, with souvenirs to buy.
The name Almaty comes from Alma-Ata, and literally means father apple.
The Green Bazaar is one of the most famous and oldest bazaars in the city. The experience of buying fragrant fresh fruit and vegetables, spices and dried fruit has hardly changed over the centuries.
Medeo is an area of outstanding natural beauty and home to the world's highest mountain speed skating rink. Only 30 minutes away from the hotel.
Almaty is the former capital city of Kazakhstan and is the country's largest city. It is also the cultural and financial centre of the country. The variety of entertainment available here attracts people from throughout Kazakhstan and reinforces the city's multi-cultural population.