Vladimir, Barbara and Gael, not only are the owners and workers of the place, but will be also your friends during you stay.
The property is fully remodeled and painted basically by Barbara, which has great ideas when it comes to art and taste.
In the ground floor, you will find the hall, with books and games, and the kitchen and toilet. Outside there is also the garden with the entrance, where there is a topchan, that is a common Kazakh big bench for people to sit and chill when it’s fresh during the evening. And to sleep you will have to go upstairs, where there are the rooms with bunk beds.
We loved the fact that when you leave they give you a post card to be sent once you are back home. It’s a beautiful initiative that shows that they want to know more about you once you are gone, and that we are sure will make that a wall of the guesthouse in the following months will be full of postcards sent from all over the world back to Shymkent.
Following the artistic touch they have, they also organize literary evenings, acoustic concerts and photography exhibitions in the guesthouse. We didn’t coincide with any of those, but look really interesting!
Finally, the place is quite outside of the center, but it’s located in a very quiet neighborhood. Right next to it you have a a couple of minimarkets, some stalls where to buy Kazakh food, and even a park with some gym equipment to work out. And if you want to get to the center you will do it in 10 minutes with the bus 74 or 26 that passes by almost next to the guesthouse.