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About Ulan Bator
Ulan Bator is the capital of Mongolia. It is not a massively touristy city. However, there are a few museums (the natural history museum, while in bad shape, hosts some fantastic exhibits of dinosaurs found in the Gobi desert), a large temple, and a handful of souvenir shops on the main avenue.
Don't expect gastronomy in Ulan Bator, instead you will find local fast food restaurants with limited selection, and a few Korean restaurants favored by the locals. We learned that the well known dish called "Mongolian beef" is actually an American invention... the local beef is usually dried on the roof of the nomads tents, and is very chewy.
When choosing your hostel in Ulan Bator, make sure you pick one centrally located with good heating and hot showers as nights can be very cold, and many people still live without running water. There is only a limited selection of Ulan Bator hostels and they always supplement their business with organized trips. If possible, try to book your stay in advance, as the supply of Ulan Bator hostel rooms is limited. We also recommend that you try to pick a place which offers train station or airport pick up. The taxi system is almost non-existent, and it's hard to distinguish taxis from regular cars on your own. If you do catch a taxi, you should try to haggle for cost of your trip if you can, as it is the customary thing to do.
Don't choose to visit a hostel in Ulan Bator if you want to party, because the streets are not the safest in the world at night, and it's highly recommended to stay in after dark.
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Town Yard Hostel
"… drugstore, a grocery and a nice garden. Rooms: Double/Twin rooms Dormitory rooms Traditional Mongolian ornamented ger /wooden framed, felt covered yurt/ with 5 beds. All double rooms renovated and have a new look and the guesthouse is clean, comfortable and secure. Our cleaners scrub and mop every room of the guesthouse daily. Common places: We have a capacious porch outdoors with a billiard table where you can spend your time...
UB Guesthouse & Hostel
"They aren't lying when they say volunteers working in Mongolia all stay at the UB Guesthouse. I'm one. It's great. The atmosphere is fantastic and the staff are like family. It's also very, very, very clean. Don't think twice!" … "This place is run by very congenial hosts, who arrange countryside tours and overnight stays in gers (Mongolian tents). It's Very clean and friendly." … "Considering your options in Ulaan Baatar will...
Mongolian Steppe Guesthouse
"Really great and friendly - The location is the center is excellent and there is free Wi-fi. Get them to arrange pickup from the airport though as finding the apartment would be really impossible (no signs for the guesthouse, it is not on the street, and in any event you need the code to enter the building)." … "… which is located at the heart of the Ulaanbaatar . We constantly strive to keep a friendly and cozy atmosphere in...
Golden Gobi Guesthouse & Hostel
"Golden Gobi Guesthouse & Hostel is the best hostel in Ulan Bator! It’s generously sized and maintains a friendly and personal atmosphere. Its greatest strength is in providing its guests with tourist information and guided tours of the Mongolian countryside. The staff are very friendly and exceedingly helpful -- they really go above and beyond to ensure you have a great time and have all the information you need to negotiate Mongolia. The...
"UB Guesthouse is a great place to stay, and a wonderful place to find drivers and groups with which to go into the Mongolian countryside, whether for a few days or a few weeks. Although caution should be exercised in the city, the Guesthouse is a safe and secure place to stay, and the staff are very attentive to guests' well-being and give advice on how to dress and act while outside. The owners, Bobby and Mr. Kim, are always around and...
"Good place to stay. Very cheap, only $4 a night (for the dormitory) and breakfast is included. The host is very nice and speaks good english, which is an ecception over here. The place is well heated and clean and the bathroom even has a bath. Only drawback is that the beds are not too comfy, but who cares?" … "… of all reservations and bookings. Our professional team happy to arrange for you fantastic holiday in Mongolia....
Happy Travel Guest House
"The best place to stay in Ulaanbaatar!!!! - This is not the typical crowded hostel full of smelly backpackers. It is a confortable and well equipped apartment next to the train station. The place is simple, as I like, but have it has all the things a traveler need. The best of all are the owners, a local couple. They are incredible amazing, helpful, and, very friendly. It is obvious they enjoy they work and they are not chasing you to sell...
"Good - We stayed 2 nights in a double room with WC. the room was clean, there was TV and the breakfast was quite big. It may be a bit more expensive than other hostels in Mongolia (max. 4-5 dollars more expensive), but you can feel the difference. The place is 10-15mins walk from the centre and 5 mins walk from the international railway station." … "… authentic Mongolian restaurant with a karaoke bar, the LG specializes in...
Lotus Guesthouse & Hostel
"… orphans in hospitality and tourism. The guesthouse is located in one of the better areas of Ulaanbaatar close to all the touristic attractions of the city. Our 60 beds are divided over two locations in the city centre. Our friendly staff makes you feel like you are staying in a home away from home. The guesthouse is clean and decorated in a warm and traditional atmosphere. We can also help you with tour arrangements,...
"… located between the center of town and the railway station. It's less than 15 minutes walk to the railroad station and a 10 minute walk to the State Department Store. We are also a 2 minute walk to the Gandan Buddhist Monastery. In our guesthouse you can choose to stay in a shared or private ger or in a modern private room with bathroom. There are 5 bed and 4 bed gers which offer traditional and comfortable accommodations. There...
LG-B Hostel & Guesthouse
"… and a toilet. There are free internet and WiFi. Breakfast is included in the room price. Sheet and towels are free. We have laundry service for our guests. And we offer different kinds of tours to everywhere in Mongolia. Also we can arrange a pick service for our guests if they want. The whole building\'s entrance door has a code! You should press all the numbers at the same time. There would be a manager who will help you if...
"… of experience you would like to have here. Our aim is to give you safe and unforgettable journeys and satisfied accommodations and good price offer. We promise you that we have a lots of special surprises (like cooking lessons for traditional Mongolian food!) and adventure trips for you. All of our tours are flexible. Also we offer you great discounts, when you come to us as a group. Specially, we manage relaxing and interesting...
Temuujin Hostel & Guest House
"Disliked - The accommodations were small. Breakfast was packaged cookies and hot tea. The price was not good for what was advertised." … "… and being true observers of different cultures we promise that your visit to Mongolia is more than just Mongolia “sight-seeing”. We have the widest choice of well-crafted adventurous holidays in Mongolia and we can design budget tours to suit the individual requests of our clients or hostel...
Temuujin Guest House
"… in the Downtown of Ulaanbaatar and our building is the tallest newest residential condo in the capital's downtown (built in 2013). Completely renovated before re-opening in April 2013 (founded in 1996), all of our private rooms, dormitories, and common areas, are fresh, clean and modern. With a total 10+12 dorm beds and 6 private rooms, we offer a relaxed and social atmosphere, great access to local sights and services, in...
"Located in central Ulaanbaatar, Zaya's Hostel has been rated as: "Modern, spacious and surprisingly upscale, Zaya's guesthouse raises the bar for quality guesthouses in Ulaanbaatar. "" … "• 18kms from Chinggis Khaan International Airport • 2 km from Railway Station • 4 minutes walk from State Department...
"… of Great Chinggis Khaan, land of giant dinosaurs, Khar Khorum the ancient capital of Great Mongol Empire and customs of nomadic civilization so on. MS Central hostel offers cheap central UB accommodation. We are less than a minutes walk from central Sukhbaatar Square. Being UBs most central hostel accommodation, It is just 50m from Central Post Office Ulaanbaatar as well as a friendly welcome, secure, comfortable guesthouse...
Mongolian Vision Tours
"… heart of the city, Mongolian Vision Tours offers the best value for the area. Only 3 minutes from many of the main attractions, we provide clean, comfortable and safe accommodation. Mongolian Vision Tours has dorm rooms available for meeting new travelers and cozy double rooms for our guests who would like more privacy. Services: Free railway pick-up and see-off Free breakfast and all-day tea & coffee Free wi-fi,...
Top Tour Guesthouse Mongolia
"… of Mongolia since 2000, offer you an enjoyable and unforgettable trip in Mongolia. We will help you explore our rich history, beautiful nature and the traditional hospitality of the nomadic life on one of the most amazing holiday experience you will ever have. A number of interesting adventure tours to the boundless vast steppes of Great Chinggis Khaan; alpine region bordering the forests of Siberia; Crystal watered Lake Huvsgul;...
Reindeer Guest House
"At Reindeer Guesthouse, you will find a 24-hour front desk, a bar and a shared kitchen. Other facilities offered at the property include a shared lounge. Customers will have fun and meet travelers, families and backpackers from all around the world. We offer to our guests: Free communal kitchen Free breakfast Purified water supply Internet access with Wi-Fi Laundry service Luggage storage Telephone service Free pick-up service" …...
Eco Youth Hostel
"… The hostel is also near by supermarkets, restaurants, laundry services, bars and clubs which will make you stay here very easy. The property provides: - Friendly staff / Lite breakfast / Laundry / 24 hour security / Airport pick up / Information and booking service for tours - Clean and spacious rooms / Lockers / Rooms cleaned daily / Guests have access to a shared bathroom and toilet - Free internet (wifi available...
Doors 56-57, 4th Floor, 5th Entrance, Building #20, East of Ulaanbaatar Dept Store, 4th Region, Sukhba
New Choice Apartment
"New Choice apartment is best & most popular family owned guesthouse among the backpackers, which located in the heart of city center. We offer the following services FREE breakfast, Luggage Storage, FREE kitchen facilities, Hot showers, Free Internet + WiFi in all rooms, Telephone service, Free satellite TV, Visa support, Laundry, Book Exchange, 24 hour reception. Apartment Nu 16: -Fully furnitured 1 bedroom apartment 2 beds...
"Welcome to Blue Sky. It is a comfortable full service hostel that is conveniently located in downtown Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s Capital City. Blue Sky features an experienced English and Japanese speaking staff, a central location, a warm atmosphere, kitchen facilities, exercise facilities and nature park just outside. Wi-Fi, luggage storage, free parking, visa and ticket services are also available. Shuttles to and from the train station...
Oasis Cafe & Guesthouse
"The Oasis Guesthouse is a haven of Western familiarity to the traveler in Ulaanbaatar, but the guesthouse in no way isolates itself from the surrounding Mongolian culture. With the traditional bunkbeds, there is also offered the option of staying in the gers -- the nomadic Mongolian form of housing. On the opposite side of the western menu -- including such foods as grilled cheese and fries and apple pie -- is one offering more local cuisine....
Manlai's Hostel in Mongolia
"It really is a cozy guesthouse -- manlai (the owner) speaks perfect English and organises tour with good quality. Enjoy Mongolia!!" … "It was pretty good hostel and we had some excellent times there in UB. It was clean, comfortable, and people there are so helpful and kind." … "Well, it was a good accommodation with kind people. We had lot of fun there." … "… and can arrange most types of tours to the following...
My UB Hostel
"My UB Hostel is a Budget Hostel just opened in July, 2006, located in the most clean, safe and comfortable area of the city. Just 1.5km away from the Sukhbaatar square. Facilities: - 24 hour reception - English speaking reception - Hot and cold shower - Hair dryer - Washing machine - Car parking - Breakfast: tea, coffee, bread, butter and jam - Travle information desk - No smoking Extra Services: - Arranging special city or short...
GobiTour's Guest house
"We have big warm clean 2 rooms with wooden furniture, beds. Big room has 10 dorm beds and sofa ,table and 2 comfortable armchairs. Small room has 5 beds. Between 2 rooms we have kitchen room , shower, bathroom and free internet , bookshelf , telephone, brochures of travel info, maps. Every room has air condition and individual lockers, flowers. Also we have storage luggage and laundry service." … "… the Central Post...
Travel Planet Hostel
"We have warm clean 2 rooms and 1 private double bed room with shared bathroom. Big room has 8 dorm beds and small room has 4 dorm beds. Private room has double bed and mini wardrobe. Every bed includes linens and towel. Every room has individual lockers. We have kitchen room , shower, bathroom and free internet wifi. ~ Hot shower ~ Free Internet service & WiFi ~ Self catering kitchen ~ Refrigerator ~ Individual lockers ~ Free tea ~ Laundry...
Campsites & Camping Bungalows
Heaven Envoy Tourist Camp
"Terelj National Park, 55 km from the city Ulaanbaatar" … "… concert To have a traditional Mongolian dishes and drinks Heavens envoy can serve up to 70 guests at time in 15 traditional Mongolian gers each with 3 soft beds. Also hotel offers comfortable standard rooms each with 2 soft beds and deluxe rooms with king size bed. Guesthouse can serve up 12 guests in 2 rooms。 Cost: -package cost is 45$ per person /included...
Chinggis Tourist Budget Camp
"A lovely experience - Thank you for providing such a lovely experience. It is fabulous to see and live at the Chinggis ger camp. Mongolia is a beautiful place punctuated by your very kind hospitality. I am so grateful for this experience and will recommend this to anyone coming to his part of the world." … "… can be made by the request of the guests. We provide Russian-style saddles which are very comfortable over long...
Zaya's Hostel (1&2)
"The place is very clean and very close to different restaurants, cafes, and shopping places (the State Department Store). The owner, Zaya, is very helpful in providing information about travel in Mongolia. The hospitality of the owners makes you feel that you're home." … "Nice, clean, reasonable cost.good location. Owner Zaya is very helpful - nice, clean, reasonable cost. good location. Owner Zaya is very helpful. Better than UB's...
"… is bright, big, clean, ensuit rooms, TV, comfortable and well guarded. Good locations. Who want to visit in Mongolia they can stay in our guesthouse how long you want. OUR SERVICES: - Room cost included breakfast. - Free pick up from Railway Station and pick up from Airport. - Room cleaning service. - Refrigerator and water boiling facility. - Kitchen facility for trip. - Free storage. - Internet and Laundry. TOURS ARE...
"Free pick-up from train station or airport. Address is not important. Our guest is our best guest. Free pick-up!!!" … "Just behind the State Department store on the central street 45, Peace avenue,Ulaanbaatar city (10 walking minutes from Train Station but every guest is picked-up free from train station or airport) (but every backpacker coming to stay at "Temuujin's Guesthouse and Tours" will be picked-up free from airport or train...
"Clean, simple room. - Location -- Easier to find than most Russian places. The directions are good (go to White House Hotel, walk toward the Grand Plaza; from hotel, turn right and walk down hill. It's on the other side of the street to the White Horse pub). It's down an alley way but you can see the top of the building 50m away with a large sign. impossible to find in the dark. The street has restaurants (mostly Korean) and bars. 30 min walk...
"… just 50m from Central Post Office Ulaanbaatar as well as a friendly welcome, secure, comfortable guesthouse and great low prices that leave you with more to spend on good times in Mongolia. Make no mistake; the MS Central is the most central accommodation in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. We are very close to the major attactions Ulaanbaatar, organize unique journeys to one of the most ... beautiful countries in the world-Mongolia. It...
"I have been at Idre's guesthouse this summer. They are a family team and really friendly. I paid $3.50 a night. There was shower and kitchen, bath, toilet and TV room." … "I stayed at Idre's a couple of years ago. It's a lovely, friendly, family run hostel. Extemely cheap, clean, and safe. Idre organises tours of Mongolia at a good price. Most of the year he hires guides, but a few times a year he leads tours himself. If you get the...
Ulan Bator Travel Tips & Suggestions
Ulaanbaatar has the large market -- can't remember what it's called. It sells everything you will need for a trip into the Gobi. However, be very careful, a number of gangs work the markets to try and mug/steal from backpackers/tourists -- they pulled a knife on the person I was with to cut open his jacket to try and get to his inside pocket.
It was a nice city and the people are soo friendly.
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