Located near the train station on 60 Mala Arnauts'ka St, the Babushka Grand Hostel is the best hostel to stay in. The friendly staff know the city better than most locals and will be able to guide you in terms of what to see (and eat) in the city. The creators of the hostel opened the Babushka Grand solely because they love meeting new people and Odessa itself. The current staff all speak English and have the most contagious smile that I have ever seen. The facilities in the hostel rivals any decent hotel: two balconies for smoking, fully equipped kitchen, air-conditioned 10 person dorm room and laundry. Although it is quite far from the major attractions in Odessa by foot, the number Five tram is just one block away (this tram goes through the main parts of the city). The laundry service is UAH 25.00 and this is one of the most laid-back, visitor-friendly hostel in the world (once again, I emphasise, I have stayed in over 20 hostels and this has to be one of the best that I have stayed in....if not the BEST!). The foyer area makes visitors feel that they are a V.I.P of some sort. There aren't that many strict rules to abide by other than being quiet after 9p.m on the staircase and taking only 10 minute showers. In my short stay here (I regret not staying here longer), I was able to avoid all sorts of tourist traps courtesy of the friendly and knowledgeable staff. There is even the option of staying in a four-bed dorm!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We have a beautiful hostel that looks like a pre-revolutionary aristocrat's apartment with chandeliers, gilded ceilings that are 4 1/2 meters high and carpets. It is three blocks from the train station and a 25 minute walk from the beach and a 15 minutes from Deribasivskaya. Western service with local knowledge we are always available to help you plan any excursion or adventure. ... more less
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