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“Great location and atmosphere”
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Pumba Hostel
Ranked #106 of 387 Speciality Lodging in Kiev
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37 reviews
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“Great location and atmosphere”
Reviewed 26 February 2013

We stayed for one night in the double room. The hostel is well located: a 5 min walk from 2 metro stations and the main train station, and there's a pub next door. It's a small place w a chilled out vibe. The owner Sergei was helpful and cool about letting us check-in in the morning, which we greatly appreciated after the overnight train journey. I would stay again for sure.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 February 2013

Very friendly staff, informal place, small and personal as it is a converted flat into a small hostel. The only problem to mention is that there is just one room with toilet and bath/shower, i.e. a need to wait when hostel is full, or girls take their time :)). There is one private room for two, but it is not good for couples - the bed cannot be made "double" (a hole stays inbetween even though beds are next to each other), and the room is just next to a common kitchen that is being frequently used, and there is neither sound isolation nor a possibility to lock. This hostel is an ideal place for relaxed backpackers, i.e. those who are not under time stress and like to get to know other travellers and talk to a very friendly staff. Located just few minutes walk from the main railway station this hostel is ideal for all those who arrive and depart by train.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 29 September 2012

Very close to the central station and the Universitet underground station. Only three rooms so a very cosy and familiar feeling. The owner Sergeyhas done a great job and is eager to help with any queries (tourist info, calling a cab). Definitely recommended.

Room Tip: i think it is worth to pay a little more extra and stay in the 6-bed room
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 18 July 2012

For 12 euros a night you can stay at this new hostel near Kiev Pas station. The beds are new in the dorm and there is 1 room available for private use. It is remarkably friendly place, you instantly have friends if you have just arrived from the train, You can also do your own thing and be private too, I hasten to add. There is a kitchen, TV room with HUGE TV and cable TV. There is a small smoking room too and you will be invited in to have chat and shisha smoke, for this non smoker, the smoke did not seem to annoy me. Entry times are flexible, there is a big supermarket towards the station, and a nice restaurant that does a cheap "business lunch" during the week.
The best thing is the staff, being a new hostel, they are very very eager to please and make you feel at home. I was very impressed with them all.
Bad points? Well being such a great place would normally cause me to award my first ever 5 star, but I have to say that there is only 1 bathroom, if the hostel is full ( like Euro 2012 football), and there are females taking long baths and putting on makeup in the morning, many occupants would be bursting. I found this quite poor.
I liked the decorations, old Soviet stuff. I guess that the staff will eventually have to deal with a few bad customers , expensive bills that will make them change, but, for judging things as they for the moment at least, I award 4 stars for a great place to stay

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Pumba Hostel
Address: Simona Petlyury St.,18, Kiev 0200, Ukraine
Region: Ukraine > Kiev
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #106 of 387 Speciality Lodging in Kiev
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
PUMBA HOSTEL is your second home, situated near one of the most popular places for strolling in the centre of Kiev – the Fomin’s botanical garden. Olimpic stadium, the place where Euro 2012 football games are carried out, is only in a 15-minutes walk. The walk to Khreschatyk, the main street of Kiev, takes same time. In 5-minutes walk there is a central Railway station and bus station. There is also a Cyrcus and “Ukraine” store not far from us, at the Victory square. The location is so good that it is hard to think of a better one!Lodging conditions completely supply all the necessary comfort. Spacious rooms with air conditioning, comfortable beds with orthopedic mattresses and gentle bed clothes are waiting for you! There is also plasma TV with numerous channels, comfortable sofas and chairs in the restroom. Usage of laptop, internet, fresh press, tea, coffee and cooler – are included in the price. There are also a well-equipped WC and all the necessary stuff for washing.The PUMBA Hostel staff is high qualified and very friendly. We talk different foreign languages and will take care of you with sincere kindness. Moreover, we know how to make your stay at PUMBA maximully comfortable and pleasant. ... more   less 
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