The Arkanchi is a thriving guesthouse which has become the most popular resting spot in Khiva for independent travellers. Its unusual name comes from the former trade of its founder who was a well known rope-maker - "arkan" meaning rope and "chi" meaning worker. Started in 1992, it has grown from a small private house with a bucket shower in the garden into a flourishing business. Experienced in hosting western tourists, the hotel offers comfortable accommodation within a cosy, family atmosphere. Most rooms come with ensuite facilities and the food is tasty although pricey. Meals can be eaten around a "hontakhta" (low Uzbek table) or a European-style table and provide a good opportunity to meet other guests. For a real Uzbek experience, ask to eat on the "supa" (dining platform) outside in the luxurious garden.
The hotel can arrange guided tours of the Old City, excursions and travel to Nukus, Moynak, the desert sites and Bukhara as well as book air tickets. The cost is around $25 a night per person (including meals) which should be paid in dollars. This can be made cheaper by foregoing meals and eating out.
To book contact Sobir Khasanov at (8-362) 375 2974 by telephone or fax. The hotel is well known by local residents and taxi-drivers so there should be no problem getting there from Urgench airport or bus station.