Along with Isfahan, Hamadan is one of the cleanest Iranian Provinces. But that is not the only thing about this great city. Hamadan is one of the oldest cities in Iran. Established by the ancient civilization of the Medes, Ecbatana (as it was formerly known) became one of the major cities of Achaemenid Dynasty. Hamadan enjoyed further prominence as one of the prime spots on the Silk Road. Among the many tourist attractions in Hamadan one can mention the stunning inscriptions of Ganjnameh, Tomb of Esther and Mordechai (one of the holiest places for the Jewish people) and the formidable Ali-Sadr Cave (the world's largest water cave). The latter alone makes thousands of foreign tourists to take Hamadan tours each year. To house such a considerable number of travelers, Hamadan is equipped with quality accommodation options. Hamadan hotels and hostels are classified according to their level of luxury, quality of service and ease of booking. Other guesthouses and economy hostels are also available in Hamadan with modest standard service. Hamadan guesthouses are often owned by the locals who are extremely helpful to their guests. Top hotels in Hamadan are usually fully booked during tourist season in Iran and visitors should book in advance. As one of Iran’s major tourist cities, Hamadan boasts some of the most hospitable hotel crews of the country.