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Homestay is more common in Iran. Stayed in one in Mashhad, rather by accident, than by choice :) It was not too bad. Don't expect too much. It had hot water, toilet and fan. Location was central, and Valid is able to help you with the visa if you'd like. We later found out, that it is refered in Lonely Planet. Therefore you get to meet foreigners as well. ...


The main difference between a hotel and a hostel is that a hostel has dorm rooms (exclusively, or in addition to private rooms). I spent a month in Iran in May 2014 and I did stay in some dorm rooms in Yadz, Shiraz and Isfahan. Still those places felt more like hotels as the majority of the rooms were private and they didn't have a kitchen for guests. Still ...

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