After a night in the Sleepbox Tverskaya, we moved into Oh So Indie House hostel in order to save some money and meet some other travelers.
Others have said that the hostel is quite difficult to find. But if you go in the main entrance to the building and tell the doorman you want the hostel he'll point you in the right direction (ie. up the elevator).
The best part of the hostel is definitely the two owners, Tejas and Nastasia. They were extremely friendly to us throughout our stay and made us feel at home. This hostel is fairly new (about 6 months old as of October 2013) so it's still finding it's feet in terms of systems but these two work hard and make the experience.
The first room we stayed in was the double room without an ensuite bathroom. The room is big and airy which is nice, with a huge window that provides lots of light. It's also a bit tucked away so noise isn't an issue. One strange thing was that we had to pretty much make our own beds on arrival. A small gripe but after traveling you kind of want to just settle in.
The big downside is the fact that you need to use the communal bathrooms which aren't great. Only two of the showers were working, which for around 20 users is a big load. The drains block up almost instantly when the taps are on so you always shower in about an inch of water, not great. The cubicles are also tiny, so drying off in their is a mission. The toilet cubicles are also very small (like knees touching the door small). The owners do work very hard to keep the bathroom clean and generally win the war against grime, but sometimes over weekends it can get hectic in there.
My girlfriend flew home for a wedding so I moved into the 16 bed dorm for a week. The bunk-cubicle configuration does provide plenty of privacy and the bed is comfortable, but I'm not sure how long they'll remain standing as the whole structure shakes and rattles whenever anyone climbs in, and the gaps between the boards grew in the week I stayed there. The dorm was vacuumed every other day, but there were some grubby areas in the corners.
As mentioned in other reviews, the kitchen area is well used which often leads to messiness, especially the fridge! They need to implement a system where people write their checkout dates on the food and then purge once a week, some of the stuff in there was ancient.
The last room we stayed in was the double ensuite. Tiny room, comfortable bed and massive bathroom. Strange combination but it's comfortable and was a welcome relief to have a clean bathroom and a bath/shower that drained! There's no window in either though so it's a bit of a twilight zone, when you wake up in the morning you have no idea whether it's morning, afternoon or night.
Overall we were satisfied with our stay at Oh So Indie. Moscow is a difficult city for budget accommodation as everything is super pricey so this hostel fits that bill. It is a new hostel and hopefully with experience it will grow to the levels which it promises.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Oh So Indie House Hostel Moscow is located on the most exclusive Arbatskaya, right in the center of Moscow. Indie House promises affordable prices, clean and comfortable stay. We offer Single Bed Rooms, Double Bed Rooms and Dorm Rooms. Our fully equipped kitchen makes sure that you feel like home. ... more less
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