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Indie House Hostel
Ranked #54 of 1,513 Speciality Lodging in Moscow
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32 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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“Ups and Downs”
Reviewed 21 October 2013 via mobile

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.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 July 2013

An ok hostel, good location but:

Rather disorganised though and a bit grubby. The communal fridge is gross and full of festering things that are still there long after their owners have gone...!

The bathroom situations isn't great: often little to no hot water if you take a shower a bit later. The showers don't drain properly, aren't that clean (a used band-aid was there for 3 days!). Toilet cubicles are tiny.

The dorm beds come in two orientations and some a kind of like coffins! When the person in the bunk next to you moving around the whole thing shakes and creaks! They do have a power socket and a light in though.

Communal space is very nice though. Laundry service is good and cheap.

Staff are friendly and helpful. Although don't be drawn in to the registration as they massively overcharge for it!!! They charge about 700RUB and tell you it is the norm. No other place has charged me more than 100RUB, most of them nothing at all. I've stayed in tiny hostels, small hotels, massive hotels and ancient guest houses, none of whom have ripped me off like this place.

Clearer directions of where the entrance is would be better, perhaps a few photographs on the email confirmation of how to get in.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 4 June 2013

We stayed here last week- it has only been open about a month. We had the private room with private bathroom. The room is tiny (enough room for the bed and you bag), it is about 2meters by 4meters and the bathroom is about the same! The shower was a sit in the bath variety but compared to the prices of some 'hotels' we looked at in Moscow this is fantastic. The place is clean and well equipped, the staff are really helpful, reccommending places to eat and helping us with our Russian. The bed was very comfortable. The biggest issue is that our room had no window. It is the ony room with out a window, all the other rooms have massive victorian-esq windows. The place is just beautiful, a modern make over but retaining a lot of grandeur and charm. We would definitely stay again. The location is superb. I took a peak at the other private room- it is a fair bit bigger an dvery nice, and the shared dorms are the best hostel dorms I have seen! The only down side is how hard it was to find- the directions are great, if you come out the right exit! There is also no sig, as the hostel is just an apartment in a very grand apartment block!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Indie House Hostel

Property: Indie House Hostel
Address: Povarskaya St., 20 | Arbatskaya, Moscow 105187, Russia
Region: Russia > Central Russia > Moscow > Arbat
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #54 of 1,513 Speciality Lodging in Moscow
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 9
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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