5 Best Places To Stay In Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia - Updated 2021

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Johanna
Johanna
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As travelers, we constantly seek, not just for a room, but an authentic experience. Accommodation is more than just a bed to sleep in. It is interaction with the host, learning about the culture, and getting inside information about what happens in the domestic scene of a place. In this sense, deciding where to stay is important. It surpasses just the basic requisites of convenience and accessibility (and if you’re like me, price). Accommodation transcends to become a setting, a capsule for adventure.

Ulaanbaatar has a lot of accommodations to choose from including some reasonably priced city hotels. However, this list mainly focuses on again, not just convenience and accessibility, but those that seek to let their visitors experience Mongolian culture in its truest sense.

Here are the best places to stay in Ulaanbaatar for the quintessential traveler:

1. Stay in a Mongolian nomadic family's ger and farm (from USD 49)

Mongolia’s iconic accommodation is the yurt or ger. It’s a portable, round tent covered with animal skin or felt. It was and still currently is used as dwellings by the Mongolian nomads. This Mongolia national ger house is located very near the city. The family also picks you up from the airport to take you to the ger. From there, the family will also give you time to immerse in their farm which has about 50 black yaks, and a couple of horses. This will depend on the season though. If you come in spring, it might be a little difficult to spot some yaks.

The hosts and siblings, Oyuntsetseg and Bodro, are also constantly present to show you around and offer you small bits of information about Mongolian culture and life. They even cook for you so you can taste Mongolia’s dishes. If you want a deeper immersion, this family also coordinates with the herdsman, Bashka and his wife, Hosoo, so that they can take you via horseback through a snowy pass to experience what a true nomad’s life feels like.

Mongolian nomadic family
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
139 reviews Superhost
Private room in yurt 4 Beds 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the stay at oyuntsetsegs winter yurt was more than comfortable
the bed is nice fire warm and enough space to stretch out and rest
as oyuntsetseg says if you want modern comforts you can always stay in one of her apartments
she even cooked a great dinner and breakfast for us complete with fresh yak milk
Cleanliness:
my private ger was clean and serene
the ger was warm and clean and the beds were very comfortable
the ger was clean airy and ver comfortable
we spent 1 night in a gert which was very clean and comfortable beds
place was clean and sanitation is good
Host:
oyuntsetseg was a great host
oyuna was a fantastic host
oyuntsetseg was friendly and always made sure we were ok
oyuntsetseg was very kind and helpful
she is good host but also she is best guide
Location:
the location is great - not too far from the city but surrounded by beautiful scenery and animals
it is still a good location
the shower and outhouse are a short and safe walk away
once we finally got out there the location was amazing
it was the best decision to stay at oyuntsetsegs winter place
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2. Retrace back ancient Mongolian dwellings by staying in a ger  (from USD 13)

Located in the Ger District of Ulaanbaatar, this Mongolian dwelling again, provides a great setting for an authentic Mongolian experience. The host, Munkh, is considered a superhost on Airbnb. It’s really more for him that you should stay in this yurt or ger, which checks all the basic requisites of a dwelling - clean, near the city center and railway station, and has a direct bus route going to it from the airport.

It’s Munkh though who makes the stay extra special. His whole family is involved from pickup to drop-off. The mother cooks lovely meals and offers you warm milk as a welcome drink. Munkh also gives you a local SIM Card so you can contact him anytime. Apart from this, he also serves as a very efficient tour agent without billing it as an extra fee.

Ger /Traditional dwelling/
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
123 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Private room in yurt 2 Beds 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the ger was comfortable and warm with the fireplace in middle
the bed was comfortable and we really enjoyed learning the traditional mongolian way of living
Cleanliness:
clean cozy and welcoming
the place is cozy and clean
munkh's ger was a great place and clean and comfortable enough for me
munkh’s mom always made sure that my ger room is warm and clean a warm-hearted and hardworking housewife
complete with wood stoves simple no running water arrangements and clean comfortable outhouse
Host:
munkh is a great host
munkh is an amazing host
the host was extremely friendly and helpful
munkh is a good host
both are very good hosts
Location:
this location is a perfect getaway from the city
just to get around the bus is perfect 500 mnt per ride
great stay at munkh's place in ulaanbaatar
she always helped me like buying bus tickets looking around some museums with her guide and so on
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3. Close to where all the action is, Golden Gobi Guesthouse and Tour  (from 28 USD)

Golden Gobi Guesthouse and Tour, as you can tell from its name, specializes in tours to the national parks and Gobi Desert. The guesthouse is around 500 meters (1,640 ft) from the Opera House, 600 meters (1,968 ft) from the National Museum of Mongolia History and 700 meters (2,296 ft) from Chinggis Khan Statue.

The guesthouse has a large kitchen in case you want to cook your own meals, however, they also offer a simple breakfast of eggs, bread, and coffee to guests if you opt not to cook. The tours are also one of the main reasons why people book this place. They have one tour where you can opt to ger-hop (yes, that’s a thing in the land of nomads) for 15 days, complete with a cook.

Golden Gobi Guesthouse & Tour

Address: 1-40000 1st Khoroo Building 13, Chingeltei, 210151 Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (see map)

Price: from 28 USD

4. The two-in-one tour and accommodation punch with Sunpath Mongolia Tour & Hostel  (from USD 7)

Sunpath Mongolia Tour and Hostel or the former Sunpath Mongolia is found in Central, Ulaanbaatar. There’s free WiFi access, and a selection of triple room sharing, double rooms, and private rooms. Each room also has a hot tub and a seating area. One review says it’s “the cleanest places we have ever stayed in.”

The hostel is about 400 meters (1,312 feet) from Sukhbaatar Square, 500 meters (1,640 ft) from the National Museum of Mongolia History, and 700 meters (2,296 ft) from Chinggis Khan Statue. But perhaps what makes it so efficient and sellable is the fact that Dolijmaa truly cares about giving her guests a great time. She speaks English quite well so you’ll have no problem talking to her about your plans and itinerary. The tours are also one of the most organized that you’ll find in Ulaanbaatar for its price and quality including excursions to the Gobi Desert.


Sunpath Mongolia Tour & Hostel

Address: Building 37-56 apartment (2nd floor)baga toiruu,khoroo 6, Chingeltei District, Ulaanbaatar

5. Try a traditional Mongolian apartment in the city center

This place is really eye candy. It seems like it was taken out of the pages of Kinfolk. The apartment is tastefully decorated in colorfully embellished and handmade furniture. The apartment can comfortably take in four guests at a time. It also has two beds and one bedroom. There’s a small shop just below and a big store or hypermarket is just a hundred meters (328 ft) from it in case you need anything like ingredients for cooking, toiletries, and whatnot. The main street is also only about a five-minute walk though in case you don’t like the idea of cooking. There are plenty of restaurants and small eateries in the area.

Traditional Mongolian apt + Wi-Fi in city center 4
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
54 reviews
Entire apartment 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodations in Mongolia

For many, accommodations are just a rest stop or bed space after a tiring day out exploring the city or the wild. But these accommodations really add a layer to your experience in Mongolia. If you’re lucky, you would have made a genuine connection with your host and made a lasting friend for until the next time you come.

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Johanna Michelle Lim is a brand strategist, creative director, and travel writer based in Cebu City, Philippines. She swims in jellyfish-infested oceans, treks through mountains, rides rickety...Read more

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