I travelled solo and stayed in the twin room. I also arranged a pickup from the international airport and this was done efficiently. The sheets and decor are pretty colourful and the place has a cheerful feel although getting out with the tap key was fun at the downstairs front door (push hard!).
The place is a little crowded but if you are busy exploring and not staying in, this should be no problem. The wi-fi was a little difficult to connect on the far side of the twin room but sit near the door and you are fine.
The one thing (not their fault) that constantly drove me crazy was ignorant travelers flushing toilet paper down the toilet even though there are clear signs to not do this. If you accidentally drop paper in by instinct, be responsible and fish it out with the toilet brush! But unfortunately this was always left to me and on the second day of my stay, surprise, the toilet blocked.
All the managers are helpful and when I needed to call a taxi at 11:30pm the manager was quite happy and assured me she would still be up even though the sign says business should be concluded by 11pm every night. You are also welcome to use the communal tea and coffee in the kitchen.
Being so small though and a stop on the Trans Siberian, some of the other travellers I encountered seemed to be a bit stressed either by the lack of space, the long wait for laundry to dry or being forced to check out of their room on time and sitting in the lounge complaining there is nothing to do until their pick up (beautiful park or river just down the road from hostel, sounvenir shop underground behind the Lenin Statue and the painting sellers or have a cup of coffee at Double Coffee across the road!).
Staff were helpful and Olga-Maria with whom I corresponded via email always gave me prompt replies. Will definitely return here should I ever go through Irkutsk again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jack Sheremetoff, a Lonely Planet recommended guide, welcomes you to stay in his Baikaler Hostel (he'd rather call it a '3 guest room apartment') in the epicenter of Irkutsk (corner of Lenin and Karl Marks streets). The location of the hostel is unbeatably central and ultimately convenient. You can walk everywhere you need within minutes: ATMs, pizza or restaurant, Art Museum, river walking area. ... more less
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