Kazakhstan, Alamty now this is what I call service

We were heading for Almaty the largest city in Kazakhstan. On the outskirts we discussed options for hotels, a no star flea pit or luxury and decadence?
We opted for something mid range price wise according to our information, set the sat nav and followed Mr Garmin through Almaty.
It was boiling hot, sweaty and we were pretty filthy as our riding gear was covered in several thousand miles of grime from riding off road in all the dust. We round the corner to see what definitely didn’t appear to be a mid price hotel. Oops but lets give it a try. The car park was rammed full of some pretty nice motors with a few empty reserved places behind the bollards just in front of reception. We’d better look around then, however much to our surprise the immaculately dressed concierge sees our plight, pulls the bollards to one side and waves us into priority parking with the words “Your bikes will be safe here; my staff will watch them all night”
Hey this sounds promising, thought I’m still worried about the price looking at the place.
I glance in the mirror in the entrance and realise what a tramp I look like as I stroll into the bright CLEAN marble reception hall of the hotel with the ever so cool looking ladies behind reception. I look at both of them and try and guess who is least likely to scream at me “Get out of our hotel now and find a rubbish dump to stay in you scruff”
I also realise that in this clean air conditioned environment that I smell, rather badly today and that my boots are probably a biological hazard in 40c heat. I know that the Russians used Kazakhstan for nuclear bomb testing in years gone by so they should be used to dangerous stuff but none of the staff are wearing anti contamination suits.
Ten out of ten for service as the lady behind reception smiles sweetly, tries not to wrinkle her nose or cough too much at the smelly English fool and gives us a great deal on a room fit for somebody a lot more presentable than me.
Superb service from all the staff, no judging a book by it’s cover and it’s a real laugh watching people strolling by outside stopping to look at the bikes rather than look at the flash cars.
A real bargain considering the quality.

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