I am not in the habit of giving negative reviews but I believe that travellers deserve to know how truly horrid this hovel is to label it a hostel is bringing shame on hostels world wide.
Never have a stayed somewhere so filthy that I have felt the need to keep my shoes in bed with me and nor have I ever felt dirtier after a shower.
1. I arrived on a Saturday night and I Appreciate that hostels aren't typically a bit louder etc on these nights. Nowhere is it mentioned on any sites that fabrika is in the middle of "nite club city" one of the clubs actually stayed open till 7 am playing terrible Russian techno. Loud. As in so loud I tried to play my own music through head phones and could barely hear it. This was only after the music on the "terrace" (chip board layer over the rood of downstairs) stopped, which from what is could see was made up of people who clearly live in the hostel and the staff. Yep people live here, I would say that roughly 70% of people I encountered were living at the hostel and working in surrounding restaurants - which explains any positive reviews - hostels are generally not permanent habitations.
2. The beds are very much slapped together 4x2 and do not in anyway meet any sort of bunk standard that I have come across in the past. I feel as though my life is on the line each time I go to bed. The mattress is not what I would call a mattress. If I can feel each and every cross bar through the mattress then it's not really a mattress is it?
3. Bathrooms, I hope that after reading this you have decided to not stay here and avoid the horror, however if not, be prepared, bring toilet paper, at 9pm upon reporting that all 3 toilets were out of toilet paper and where can I get some more sir, I was handed a box of tissues and told " we have to do these things when we travel" um yes, on the side of the road, sometimes on trains! sometimes in public toilets! not generally in a hostel that I am paying to stay at. Not at 9pm. Just no. The showers are step into pod things, all 3 are broken In some way or another, all are filthy, none make you feel any cleaner. The lights leave much to be desired also, I would prefer to see what I could be stepping in.
4. Location, point 2. Other than night clubs being beside bedrooms. There is an actual rubbish dump! Rubbish bags on the ground piled high maybe 20m from the entrance. I am not talking a little bit, a lot of rubbish. I am glad I had a cold and could barely smell anything. The building also looks like something I would equate with a heroin den/ low class brothel/ abandoned/ declared not safe for habitation. Up 4 flights of clearly non regulation stairs ( wouldn't like to attempt them a bit drunk) the actual geographical location is the only positive point. It is 2 minutes to one of the most famous land marks, 5 to the metro, 20 minutes to the kremlin, 30 to arbat street, but I don't think this out weighs all of the negatives. Some of the staff are lovely, although some are not at all. I feel sorry for the nice ones as they should be somewhere that suits their demeanour a bit more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This trendy Moscow hostel features free Wi-Fi, modern dormitories and art from local designers. It is located on the grounds of the former Red October Factory, a centre for contemporary art and Moscow's nightlife.Guests can order room service 24 hours a day. Hot drinks are served in the Fabrika Hostel’s shared lounge, and breakfast can be booked each morning.Rooms at the Moscow Fabrika offer views of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and the Kremlin.The Fabrika Moscow Hostel’s bright dormitories have shared bathrooms, and offer views of the city. Guests can use the safety deposit boxes at the reception, and there is a small library.The Red October Factory features many shops, restaurants and bars. The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is a 5-minute walk from Fabrika, and the Moscow Kremlin is a 15-minute walk away.Kropotkinskaya Metro Station is a 5-minute walk away. ... more less
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