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A hotel in Semey is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Semey hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Semey are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Semey hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Semey hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Semey have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Semey
An upscale full service hotel facility in Semey that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Semey hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

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Full service Semey hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

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Boutique hotels of Semey are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Semey boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Semey may be classified as luxury hotels.

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Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Semey travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Semey focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

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Small to medium-sized Semey hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Semey traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Semey hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

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A bed and breakfast in Semey is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Semey bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Semey B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Semey
Semey hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Semey hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Semey
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Semey hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Semey lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Semey
Semey timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Semey often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Semey on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Semey
A Semey motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Semey for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Semey motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Skyline of Semey
Official seal of Semey
Semey is located in Kazakhstan
Location in Kazakhstan
Coordinates:  / 50.43333; 80.26667
Country Kazakhstan
Region East Kazakhstan Region
Founded 1718
Incorporated (city) 1782
• Akim (mayor) Ermak Salimov
• Total 210 km (80 sq mi)
Population (2009)
• Total 299,264
Time zone ALMT (UTC+6)
Postal code 071400
Area code(s) +7 7222
New bridge in Semey.
NASA satellite photo of Semey.

Semey (Kazakh and Russian: Семей), until 2007 known as Semipalatinsk (Kazakh and Russian: Семипалатинск) and in 1917–1920 as Alash-kala (Kazakh: Алаш-қала, Alaş-qala), is a city in Kazakhstan, in East Kazakhstan Region, and in the Kazakhstan part of Siberia, near the border with Russia, around 1,000 kilometers (620 mi) north of Almaty, and 700 kilometers (430 mi) southeast of the Russian city of Omsk, along the Irtysh River. Population: 299,264 (2009 Census results); 269,574 (1999 Census results).

Semey: History

Tatar Mosque of Semey

The first Russian settlement in the area dates from 1718, when Russia built a fort beside the river Irtysh, near a ruined Buddhist monastery. The monastery's seven buildings lent the fort (and later the city) the name Semipalatinsk (Russian for "Seven-Chambered City"). The fort suffered frequently from flooding caused by the snowmelt swelling the Irtysh, and in 1778 the fort was relocated 18 kilometres (11 mi) upstream to less flood-prone ground. A small city grew around the fort, largely servicing the river trade between the nomadic peoples of Central Asia and the growing Russian Empire. The construction of the Turkestan-Siberia Railway in the early 20th century added to the city's importance, making it a major point of transit between Central Asia and Siberia. On 19 May 1854 Semipalatinsk became the capital of the Semipalatinsk Oblast within the Russian Empire.

Between 1917 and 1920 the city operated as the capital of the largely unrecognized Alash Autonomy, a state (1917-1920) after the outbreak of the October revolution in Russia. The city was called Alash-qala during the Alash Autonomy years. Red Army forces loyal to Petrograd took control of the area in 1920. It was the center of the Semipalatinsk Governorate (ru) until 17 January 1928, then of the Eastern Kazakhstan Oblast between 17 January 1928 and 14 October 1939 and finally of the Semipalatinsk Oblast between 1939 and 1997.

In 1949 the Soviet atomic bomb programme selected a site on the steppe 150 km (93 mi) west of the city as the location for its weapons testing. For decades, Kurchatov (the secret city at the heart of the test range named for Igor Kurchatov, father of the Soviet atomic bomb) was home to many of the brightest stars of Soviet weapons science. The Soviet Union operated the Semipalatinsk Test Site (STS) from the first explosion in 1949 until 1989; 456 nuclear tests, including 340 underground and 116 atmospheric tests, took place there.

Semey has suffered serious environmental and health effects from the time of its atomic prosperity: nuclear fallout from the atmospheric tests and uncontrolled exposure of the workers, most of whom lived in the city, have given Semey and neighboring villages high rates of cancer, childhood leukemia, impotence and birth defects.

Modern Semey, a bustling university town, has a population exceeding 300,000. Its proximity to the Kazakh border with the Russian Federation, and the large expatriate scientific community attached to the university and to the STS labs, allegedly gives Semey a more Russian character than other Kazakh cities.

Semipalatinsk Oblast merged with the larger East Kazakhstan Region, whose capital city is Oskemen, on 23 May 1997.

The Semipalatinsk Bridge, a suspension bridge across the Irtish River, connects the two major parts of Semey. It has a main span of 750 metres (2,460 ft) and a total length of 1,086 metres (3,563 ft). Construction began in 1998 and the bridge opened to traffic in November 2000.

In 2007 the Semipalatinsk City Council voted unanimously in favour of changing the name of the city to Semey. The Chairman explained that existing name had negative associations with the atomic test-site.

Semey: Climate

Semey has a semi-arid climate (Köppen climate classification BSk) with warm summers and very cold winters. Precipitation is low for the whole year, except for July which has an average of 50 millimetres (2.0 in) compared to less than 30 millimetres (1.2 in) in other months. Snow is common, though light, in winter. The lowest temperature on record is −48.6 °C (−55.5 °F), recorded in November 1938, and the highest temperature is 42.5 °C (108.5 °F), recorded in August 2002.

Climate data for Semey
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 5.3
Average high °C (°F) −9.4
Daily mean °C (°F) −14.2
Average low °C (°F) −19.2
Record low °C (°F) −46.8
Average precipitation mm (inches) 15
Average rainy days 1 1 3 9 13 12 15 12 10 11 6 1 94
Average snowy days 18 18 14 4 0.4 0 0 0.03 0.1 5 14 19 93
Average relative humidity (%) 75 75 76 59 53 53 60 59 60 67 74 75 66
Mean monthly sunshine hours 108 139 199 243 303 335 342 307 242 144 111 94 2,567
Source #1:
Source #2: NOAA (sun, 1961–1990)

Semey: Famous residents

  • Abay Qunanbayuli, father of modern Kazakh poetry, received his Russian schooling at Semey.
  • Writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky, whose exile included five years military service as a corporal in the Seventh Line Battalion at the Semipalatinsk garrison, beginning in 1854. Residents claim the details of particular descriptive passages in Dostoyevsky's subsequent books, including his highly acclaimed The Brothers Karamazov, are recognizable as taken from his time in Semey.
  • Writer Pavel Bazhov was a member of the Party Committee of the province of Semipalatinsk from 1920 to 1923.
  • Stanislav Kurilov (1936-1998) grew up in Semipalatinsk. An oceanographer and a good swimmer, he defected from the USSR in 1974 by means of jumping off a cruise liner in the open ocean and swimming to the Philippines.
  • The Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko, who was born there in 1976.
  • The Russian saxophonist Sergey Letov was born there.

The city has a museum to commemorate Abay Qunanbayuli, and has both a museum of and a street named after Dostoyevsky.

Semey: Population

Year Population
1881 17,820
1897 26,353
1910 34,400
1926 56,100
1939 109,700
1959 149,800
1979 270,400
1989 317,100
1999 269,600

Semey: Higher education

Semey is famous for its intellectual medical community with leading Semey State Medical University which provides region and country with highly professional health specialists.

Semey: International relations

See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Kazakhstan

Semey: Twin towns and sister cities

Semey is twinned with:

  • Belgium Ypres, Belgium

Semey: See also

  • Anti-nuclear movement in Kazakhstan

Semey: References

  1. The New bridge in Semey on Wikimapia
  2. "Население Республики Казахстан" (in Russian). Департамент социальной и демографической статистики. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  3. "Inside the nuclear underworld: Deformity and fear", CNN, retrieved 2007-08-31
  4. "Semipatalinsk Irtysh River Bridge (2002)". Retrieved 16 August 2011.
  5. "Irtysh River Bridge Construction Project / Field Survey" (PDF). Japan International Cooperation Agency. September 2006. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  6. "Семипалатинск исчезнет с карты Казахстана [Semipalatinsk disappears from the map of Kazakhstan]". Byvshiy SSSR [The former USSR]. Lenta.Ru. 2007-06-19. Retrieved 2015-09-10. Депутаты городского собрания Семипалатинска единогласно проголосовали за переименование города в Семей. [...] 'Прежнее название немного отпугивало инвесторов, так как ассоциировалось с полигоном. [...]', - пояснил решение депутатов председатель сессии горсовета Куат Мирашев. [The representatives of the city corporation of Semipalatinsk voted unanimously for renaming the city as Cemey. 'The former name rather discouraged investors, since it was associated with the [atomic] test-site. [...]', said the chairman of the session of the city council, Kuat Mirashev, in explaining the decision.]
  7. "Weather and Climate - The Climate of Semipalatinsk (Semey)" (in Russian). Weather and Climate (Погода и климат). Archived from the original on 25 November 2016. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  8. "Semipalatinsk Climate Normals 1961-1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
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