architecture of Iran, like a piece of gem, has been constantly
glittering among other architectural monuments of the world and has
occupied a worthy place in the world of art. It was in the reign of the
Safavids, that the city of Isfahan reached such a renown and elegance
which was called " half of the world".
Among what has remained from
the age of the Safavids, there still exists a complex of a school,
bazaar and caravansaraycomplex which sparkles like a piece of jewelry
at the side of Chahar Bagh street.
This complex was built at the
time of king Sultan Hossein of Safavids about 300 years ago. King Sultan
Hossein attributed this magnificent complex of building to his mother.
That is why; it is called "the school and caravansaray of Madar-shah"
(which means king's mother).
Along with economical prosperity in the
Safavids age, the construction of utilitarian monuments such as bazaar,
bridges, dams, pigeon towers, water supplies, inns, mosques and schools
was the vogue of time. The caravansaries did not just provide lodging
for the passengers and passers-by or were not centers of loading or
landing of the caravans. The urban caravansaries were appropriate places
for storing goods and commercial exchanges.
In reconstruction of
the caravansaries, the main attempt has been to preserve the general
shape. Madar-Shah caravansaray likewise owns a square courtyard in the
middle, each side of which amounts to eighty meters. In reconstruction
of this caravansaray, this dusty courtyard has changed into a garden
imbued with plants and colorful flowers. A stream flows through this
courtyard, which is called Farshadi stream. At each side of this
courtyard is located a verandah at the two sides of which are aligned
Simplicity and strength of this building with
its open pleasant area is reminiscent of the glory and grace of
Naghsh-e-Jahan square which is the precious treasure left from the
Persia of the Safavids periods.
At this time, according to the suggestion of Andre Goddard who was then the counselor of Archeology Bureau, Iran Insurance
Company came to save the monument. The company consented to the
alteration of the caravansary to a hotel and approved of the plan of the
hotel building which was later called King Abbas hotel (1336 A.H). In
this way, not only was a valuable historical monument saved but also the
memory of its first use as the lodging of the passengers and tourists
was preserved in the new form it assumed. Besides, a scenic and elegant
space was provided for the tourists in such a celebrated city as
Isfahan. Now, the gurgling of water and the color of Persian gardens,
images from the grandeur of Islamic architecture, the eloquent artistic
designs carved on the forehead of the lofty walls and verandas, the
landscape of the picturesque turquoise dome of Chaharbagh Madresseh are
images which are printed on the minds of the guests as such that these
images can hardly ever be consigned to oblivion.
The company finally
started the construction of the hotel in the summer of 1337 and
finished it at the end of 1345. In reconstructing the caravansary, they
were committed to two objectives: The preservation of the originality of
the outward facade and the renovation of the caravansary's chambers and
remodeling them into the hotel rooms.
In 1351, Iran Insurance
Company decided to expand the hotel. The expansion was possible only at
the eastern side. Thus, by purchasing 11500 square meters of land at
this side, the annex or adjacent section of the hotel was built which
can be considered an independent and well-furnished hotel by itself. By
passing more than 30 years from hotel servicing, most sections of the
hotel had been ruined and needed reconstructions. After inspections of
engineers, the reconstruction of the hotel in many phases started at
first months of 1374 and ended at first months of 1379. The above
actions include the reconstruction of rooms, halls, kitchens, and engine
houses, electrical and mechanical installations of hotel.
interior decoration of Abbasi hotel is endowed with such a high quality
and quantity, each part of which deserves due attention and description.
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prominent manifestations of the Iranian architecture and arts , is
regarded as a historical and cultural heritage and a precious living
museum with accommodation facilities enjoying an outstanding status
throughout the world.The amazing architecture of this hotel follows the
so-called Isfahan Style which, in turn, has endowed the Iranian arts and
culture with a rare reputation at the global level. Isfahan, thanks to
its architectural gloray during the Safavid era (1502-1736) was
nicknamed "Half of the word".Maadar-Shah (the king`s mother) caravansary
one of the constructions belonging to the Sadavid period, was renovated
and developed into a magnificent hotel on the suggestion of Andre
Goddard, the well-known French orientalist, by Iran Insurance Company
(Bimeh Iran) in 1960-1967. The architectural style which dates back to
the early 18th century and interior designs and decorations inspired
from Isfahan`s historical monuments , are considered to be amongst the
characteristic features of ABBASI HOTEL.This building complex possesses a
picturesque courtyard reminiscent of the style of Persian Gardens, with
230 world-class rooms, royal suites and apartments, multi-purpose
halls, four elegant restaurants, a coffee-shop, a business center,
swimming pool and sauna a traditional tea-house, a Quranic Museum and a
variety of accessory facilities. It is the rendezvous point for
thousands of tourists coming to Isfahan each year to experience a taste
of the spirit of Iranian culture and arts.
ABBASI HOTEL has 230 luxurious rooms, suites and apartments with the following descriptionds :
- 21 suites (featured by a combination of classical and modern artistic styles).
- 4 Safavid suites (following the Safavid-era architectural style and characterized by gilded wall paintings).
2 Qajar suites (possessing and architectural style which dates back to
the Qajar era , 1795-1925 , featured by plaster mouldings and
mirror-works ) .
- 2 Royal apartments (with modern utilities).
- 5 Gorgeous single , double and triple – bedrooms apartments.
- 196 double and trible-bedrooms (enjoying a combination of classical and modern artworks and decorations) .
ABBASI HOTEL , with a capacity of 500 seats (equipped with audio-visual
facilities and being decorated with eye-catching paintings and plaster
mouldings on the ceiling).
- Ayeneh Hall, with a capacity of 200 seats (decorated with the most beautiful Iranian mirror-works).
Zarrin Hall, with a capacity of 80 seats (decorated with green colour
walls, original painting and plaster mouldings for which Indian gold
leaf is used ) .
Restaurants and Multi – Purpose Halls
Chehelsotoun Hall , with a capacity of 400 seats ( a wonderful
exhibition of painting, gildings, mirror-works and plaster mouldings ).
Naghshe-Jahan Hall , with a capacity of 100 seats (decorated with
colour glasses, elegant plaster mouldings with windows overlooking the
- Firouzeh Hall , with a capacity of 100 seats.
- Alighapou Hall , with a capacity of 25 seats ( a rather charming cosy hall whose construcyion design reflects live music).
- Traditional Reasturant , with a capacity of 80 guests(with authentic Iranian decorations).
- Traditional Tea-house , with a capacity of 80 guests (ornamented with Iranian original decorations).
- Cheshmandaz Reasturant , with a capacity of 200 guests (overlooking the scenic view of Isfahan).
Both the Iranaian traditional cuisines western – style dishes are served by the reasturants.
Accessory and Recreational Services
- Indoors swimming pool, sauna and gymnasium.
- Shopping center, comprising shops offering clothing, persian carpets, handicrafts and books.
- Travel Agency.
- Cab service