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IRAN : PARHAMI TRADITIONAL HOUSE IN SHIRAZ

Although the Visa-on-arrival procedure at Shiraz International Airport took me an hour to wait before I passed through Passport Control and collect my check-in luggage, finding my accommodation for my first 3 nights in Iran wasn’t an issue. I was armed with a print out of the address of Parhami Traditional House, where the location was handwritten in Farsi. It was sent to me via email by the kind and considerate owner himself, Mr. Soroush Parhami. So, I never had a problem communicating with the taxi cab driver from the airport, despite the language barrier, as I simply showed him the address in Farsi. And right after half an hour drive, I reached the site that served as my home for 4 days in Iran (I transferred to another hotel on my 5th and last day because I was advised they were fully booked on my 4th night).

 

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The sidewalk near where I stayed. Relatively clean & absolutely safe during my visit.

On my first 3 nights in Shiraz, Iran, I stayed in a single room with attached toilet and shower at Parhami Traditional House. The room was so basic yet it provided most of my necessity. More than anything else, the strategic location of the guesthouse was enough for me to give it a 2-thumbs-up, not to mention the very warm hospitality and friendliness of the owner and his entire staff!

 

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The street where I alighted from the taxi cab to Parhami Traditional House.

Here are the things I like the most about Parhami Traditional House in Shiraz, Iran : 

  1. Location was incredibly good! It was right across Nasir ol Molk or Pink Mosque (will have a separate blog feature about it), which is one of the most frequently visited heritage sites in Shiraz. And its proximity to Pink Mosque gives all the guests of Parhami Traditional House a great advantage of being there even at the very early opening at 7:30AM, immediately after breakfast buffet at Parhami at 7AM, and just when the sun rays start to pierce through the Pink Mosque’s stained glass windows. Why? Because it will only take a few minutes of walk,  just crossing the street et voila, you’re there already! No sweat! Time, money and efforts are all conserved to say the least. Need I say more?
  2. Efficient and quick response by Mr. Soroush to my reservation done through email; he replied promptly to all my queries about my trip to Shiraz.
  3. English speaking staff. Hats off to Amin, the receptionist who attended to all my requests and concerns! Thank you!
  4. Parhami Traditional House was able to arranged my transportation for my half day tour to Persepolis & Necropolis (will feature it on succeeding posts), even lowering down the rates to 15 USD per person (exclusive of admission tickets and tour guiding) because Amin was able to book my tour with 2 other guests from Vienna. At least, the cost was reduced, and I had Austrian companions to 2 of the world’s iconic heritage sites.
  5. Traditional Iranian food at its best (See the photos of meals below). As they serve lunch and dinner as well, I heard there were some walk-in diners accompanied by some local tourist guides who know Parhami Traditional House to serve simple yet tasteful Iranian food.
  6. The staff were few yet very modest, friendly, warm and accommodating. Thank you so much to all of them!
  7. Rates (available upon request from Soroush), inclusive of traditional breakfast buffet, free wifi access, were reasonable and affordable. I hope they will keep it that way.
  8. Very quiet and relaxing place!

Allow me to share with you a photo-essay of my experiences at Parhami Traditional House.

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Here’s the exact spot where I alighted from the taxi cab & walk to my accommodation.
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Spot that small sign on that house? It points to left & says 9m to Parhami Traditional House.
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I survived Fes, Morocco hence, this zigzag & narrow alley to the hotel wasn’t a problem!
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With my 32″-Rimowa & small backpack in tow, finally I reached my home in Shiraz!

I knocked on the door and pressed their buzzer, then I walked through a narrow entrance. They were having renovations and I guess, building additional rooms at the second floor, hence there were some constructions going on, that wasn’t a hassle for me. I met Amin, who introduced himself as the receptionist on duty, and asked me to sign the registration for check in.

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My single room with attached toilet & shower. Basic, yet provided me what I needed.
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Few steps from my room is the inviting and quaint traditional Persian courtyard.
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It’s where I had my lunch and dinner here, and my daily breakfast meals.
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I appreciated the fact that they use traditional wares in serving local food.
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For dinner : Kalam Polo (rice, cabbage, beef meatballs), salad & dough (yoghurt drink).PARHAMI TRADITIONAL HOUSE IN SHIRAZ, IRAN
This day bed is a hit among the guests and walk-in-diners!
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The quaint courtyard viewed from the second floor.
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That’s real orange tree, by the way!
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The most modest breakfast buffet spread I’ve experienced, yet very tasteful & satisfying!
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Breakfast # 1 : I love that tomato & egg omelet, my sweetened tea & everything else!
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For lunch : Kalam Polo & salad (again, but hey, I kinda miss it already!).
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Fascinating that they infuse different ingredients each time they serve dough (yoghurt drink).
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In a world without western fast-food, this was so good!
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Breakfast # 2 : Same but with chick-peas dish this time. I like the tomato omelet better.
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Breakfast # 3 : My healthy happy meal served with cauliflower omelet this time. Love it!PARHAMI TRADITIONAL HOUSE IN SHIRAZ, IRAN
@GeloTheBear and I are super thankful to all the staff of Parhami Traditional House!
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Apparently, I had a pleasant and restful stay. I’d consider revisiting them again!

Have you stayed at Parhami Traditional House in Shiraz, Iran? How was your experience? Share them on the comment section down below.

*All information and details shared above are subject to changes over time. Kindly contact  Parhami Traditional House for further inquiries and concerns. The author is not in any way, related to the above mentioned hotel, and he is not responsible for any changes incurred regarding the services and rates of Parhami Traditional House. While Doc Gelo is a guest at Parhami Traditional House for 3-night-stay, all text and photos were his own and were never influenced by anyone.

Special thanks to Mr. Soroush Parhami, the owner, Amin and all the staff of Parhami Traditional House! Thank you so much for everything! I hope to stay with you again when I get a chance to revisit Shiraz in the near future! I’ll surely recommend Parhami Traditional House to all my friends and fellow travelers who plan to visit Shiraz.

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3 Comments

  1. Jojo Jojo

    Hi Doc, thanks for your blog post, its very helpful and informative. As I read your Iran escape for the 3 blogs, got to inspire to visit Iran. Nakaka challenge. Want to experience it. God willing. Thanks doc for unselfishly sharing your Iran trip. Appreciate it. 👍👏👏😊

    • docgelo docgelo

      Maraming salamat, Jojo!
      You should visit Iran when you get a chance. Someday, I’ll return to Shiraz and go to Yazd, Isfahan & Tehran.

  2. Thanks for sharing this Doc. Now when we plan to visit Iran (sana lang, malay mo! Hehe) we know where to stay. Safety and location are definitely the first factors to consider. So its really good to know for an accommodation to be this beautiful and with those food that looks very tempting 😋

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