after having spent the last four months living in Moscow. i decided to hop on cheap flight to St. Petersburg (Alone) . the moment i entered Cuba hostile i was greeted with warmth and genuinely interesting conversation.
the place has been decorated beautifully with lots of Little details and pops of color that make you feel as though you may just be in a house in Cuba not Russia. The kitchen is well equipped and there a super nice and homey dining room that you can enjoy your meal in with new found friends.
the staff have a really great energy and i was looked after so well by them. i even went out on the first night with Anna, who took me for a drink and dance at few local places that are not touristic but buzzing with with creative people and music.
and Julia one of the great girls that works there helped to find a cemetery just out side of st peters burg that was tricky to reach for a person like myself who speaks no Russian.
And when i stupidly got my camera stolen at a park in St. Petersburg one of the lovely staff came with me to the police station to translate (it would have been impossible with out her) my misfortune to the police man.
The communal area is super chilled out with fast internet and free tea/ coffee and if your lucky biscuits. They will also wash your clothes and have them dried and ready within a few hours for a small fee.
i would most definitely stay here again. i arrived alone and left with friendship and fond memories....
joletta thorburn (UK)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A lifetime experience. There's a revolutionary inside of all of us! Recommended by LONELY PLANET. Author's choice Let's see if you're rrreally smart! Quizz: What does Rachmaninov have to do with Che Guevara? Answer: CUBAHOSTEL Cubahostel is located in the very same building where the famous composer Rachmaninov has lived and worked. Years later, it was made a Socialist Communalka. Nowadays, it is the right choice for those looking for budget prices in the very heart of St Petersburg. Best cost benefit rate since you are within walking distance to the Hermitage, and just behind Kazan Cathedral. A 3 minute walk from the subway - the famous Nevsky Prospect. Art, history and Russian culture with a few shots of vodka to spice! So, if you are rrreally smart, Cubahostel is the place for you! Night Life : The best lesson from Socialism is sharing! That's why our team is always keen to go out with our guests. Mainly to the places and parties that are NOT in the guidebooks, sharing experiences from a local point of view. ... more less
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