Howzak Boutique Hostel in Isfahan is a small and cosy house built more than 90 years ago in the historic neighborhood of Esfahan, a short distance away from the UNESCO-listed site Masjed-e Jame, the city’s magnificent Friday mosque. Before opening its doors to tourists and city visitors, Howzak House, had been privately owned by two generations of the Khanoum family: Goli Khanoum, who was the neighborhood’s girls’ teacher, and Malek Khanoum, who had lived with her five children in this house.
Howzak House dates back to the late Qajar period (1796–1925) and it is clear from its simple architectural style and ornaments, that it is not an aristocratic but a working-class residence. Yet, Howzak House exudes the charm and magic of traditional Iranian architecture, meaning that this perfectly symmetric building on the inside was built on a very asymmetrical land. Most importantly, however, it has over many decades preserved the cordial spirit of a family house.
Howzak consists of five rooms (one double, one twin, one single, two triple -which are flexible to be booked per bed-), all laid around the green courtyard (where complimentary fresh breakfast is being served) and the small pond (Howz), the kitchen (where guests can also order homemade veggie Persian & Isfahani dishes) and two shared bathrooms. House is being designed to accommodate maximum 11 guests, which means the tranquility and coziness is one of the most respected quality in this hostel.
Apart from exploring the magnificent architecture of Esfahan, guests can also join the specially-designed Howzak activities that encourage them to meet and mingle with local artisans and residents. These include; The handicraft tour: a walking tour of the city’s handicraft workshops with a chance to create one’s own souvenirs; The music tour: an introduction to Persian music, with Babak himself, who takes guests to a musical instrument manufacturing workshop; The cycling tour around Esfahan at night to see all its sights and royal gardens turned public parks; The cooking class where guests are welcomed to choose their food from the menu and participate on the preparation and serving.