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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sasha & Son B&B

Among the rather bland and dreary faux-four/five-star hotels, in which we stayed in Central Asia, Sasha & Son in Bukhara was a lovely surprise.  We were ready for the worst when we pulled up to the nearby intersection after a long bumpy drive from Samarqand and saw that our hotel for the next three nights was identifiable by a creaky old wooden door on a dusty, crooked, narrow street with no redeeming features.  Then, walking through the door, we got a nice surprise.
The boutique hotel, Sasha & Son consists of unique rooms (with bathrooms en suite) each opening up to one of a series of courtyards.  The rooms themselves have painted log ceilings and brightly painted plaster walls. 

The comfort and color were a welcome change from the desert landscapes outside of Bukhara oasis.  Drinking tea in the main courtyard while reading books was relaxing and quiet.

The hotel was the house of a rich Jewish merchant.  Now, it is owned by a native of Bukhara, whose mother was a Jewish woman from Ukraine and whose father was Uzbek.  The entrepreneurial owner has two such B&Bs in Bukhara and one in St. Petersburg. 

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