Astana, is truly a really unique city. Its diversity of buildings is immense. So does Astana have the largest tent in the world as well as its very own pyramid. Architecture photographers will find this city especially attractive. A nightly walk is highly recommended as Astana will show it self in a very special light.
The hostel "Nochleg" (Ночлег) made the best impression and has also an unbeatable location in the city centre (free car parking just accoss the road, next to Burger King). Additionally, the managing family lives there too and is very friendly. Unfortunately, "Nochleg" is as most of the Russian hostels, pretty hard to find. Not even the neighbours are any help to find it.