Dominating the skyline of Tehran’s western suburbs, Milad Tower in Tehran Iran finally opened in 2008 after the 1979 Islamic Revolution and 13 years of 'stop-start' construction. The tower is a multi-purpose tower in Tehran, bearing a striking resemblance to Toronto’s CN Tower, with the octagonal concrete tube tapering slightly up to a 12 floor pod. The pod is home to an observation deck, a revolving restaurant, a ‘sky dome’ and various TV, radio and traffic control systems.
The Milad Tower in Tehran stands at 435m high (1,427 ft), including 120m of antenna, and the pod roof level is at 315 m (1,033 ft). In 2012 it was the world’s sixth-tallest freestanding tower and the 17th tallest freestanding structure in the world. Authorities insist the tower is built to withstand a large earthquake.
The tower is a part of a complex called International Trade and Convention Center of Tehran. The complex also includes a five-star hotel, a convention center, a world trade center, and an IT park. Whether you visit the Milad Tower when you're in Tehran or not depends largely on the weather; on a rare clear day the views are fantastic, but otherwise probably not.
These are just some of the most famous places to visit in Tehran. But the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
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My favorite luxury hotels in tehran are the 5 Star Espinas Hotel and Parsian Azadi Hotel Tehran (ex-Grand Hyatt Hotel prior to revolution), both with professional staff and great views from different parts of Tehran. Double rooms start from US $230 and $250 respectively, including breakfast.
Decent 4 Star Hotels also include Niloo Hotel and Escan Hotel. Or for more budget options, the 3 Star Rated Mashad Hotel is right next to Taleghani Metro and provides comfort at US $130 for a double, including breakfast. Otherwise Iran Central Hotel (Hotel Markazi), Firouzeh Hotel, and Golestan Hotel Tehran are also some of the better budget options under $80/night.
There are also Hostels in Tehran from $10 U.S. per night for the budget travellers.
Of the Best Restaurants in Tehran, not far away from the city centre is the popular Gol Rezaeieye Cafe serving great traditional Iranian meals in a cute and hip American diner setting. Dizi Restaurant is also rated highly on Trip Adviser for a great stew, or Coffeeshop and Veggie Restaurant serves only vegetarian meals if that's more you (conveniently near Artists Park in Tehran). Or if you're in northern Tehran near Darband, Tehran SPU Restaurant is highly recommended. But for a great cup of coffee checkout Romaan Book Cafe near the Italian Embassy (what a perfectly match).
For general up-to-date information about the Milad Tower in Tehran (Borj-e Milad) see this website:
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