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Nikola Hotel
Ranked #6 of 24 Listvyanka B&B and Inns
Reviewed 7 March 2013

Nikola is a traditional village on the banks of the Angara river, 2km from Lake Baikal. This little hotel is really just a magical homestay with Olga and Igor. There is a great little common room with a bar and Igors musical instruments, where Olga serves tasty home cooked food, delicious dinners and huge breakfasts, and a 'present' bottle of vodka on the table each night. They gave us lifts into Listvyanka, just a few kms away on the Lake, organised our dog sledding, and just generally looked after us. The house is full of character, the rooms warm and clean. One of if not our favourite place in Siberia.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 February 2013

We stayed 6 nights at Hotel Nikola, 2 more than originally planned because we liked it so much. Olga's cooking is delicious, we ate at the guesthouse every night but one, when we went somewhere to watch sunset over the lake but the food was nowhere near the standard of Olga's. Igor is a keen ice diver, and came out diving with us twice during our stay while we completed an ice diving course with his instructor friend Andrey Bobkov, collecting driftwood and trinkets that you see decorating the guesthouse grounds and rooms. There is a genuinely caring atmosphere around the Nikola, and we felt very much at home even though neither Olga or Igor speak very much English. We got by fine, google translator worked a treat and there is free wifi at the hotel. The banya is great to warm you up after a cold day on or under the icy lake.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank snowybennett
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Reviewed 20 November 2012

Hotel Nicola combines the feel of a home-stay with the privacy of a hotel, staying here was a highlight of our trip.

Hotel Nicola is situated on a hill above the quaint Siberian village of Nicola overlooking the Angara river where it joins Lake Baikal. About 5 kl outside of Listvyanka, there is a bus stop on the main road where you can catch one of the many mini buses which run regularly between Irkutsk and Listvyanka. Our room let out on to a deck with views of the surounding birch forest, resplendant in fall colors. Next door is a great restaurant witch serves Omul sashimi fresh from the lake.

Olga and her daughter Anastasia are gracious hosts providing a warm welcome. Anastasia has excellent English which we found to be rare in Russia. The included breakfast is incredible, with fruit, yogurt, eggs, ham and bread. One morning we had rice pudding which was a real treat.

Spacious room with shared bath, shelves full of books and maps on the wall provide a homey feel. Olga's husband is a carpenter who has decorated the place with his driftwood creations giving it a quirky edge. The rambling grounds are complete with a cabbage patch, BBQ and sauna.

Great place; highly recommended for an authentic taste of Russian hospitality.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 October 2012

When getting off the train at 4:30am there is nothing nicer than being met ontime (with name card) and  a friendly smile and then be driven to hotel nikola by lake baikal. At that point all worries slid away as I knew we were in good hands!

We found the friendly service at the family run hotel nikola to be exceptional, room lovely (big, quiet and homely) and food delicious.

Would recommend to everyone.

Thanks to the family for the warm english speaking hospitality, for the amazing local cooking and the safe and comfortable driving.

Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
9  Thank TryAll
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Reviewed 8 August 2016
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  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 17 March 2016
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Stayed: September 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 March 2016
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  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled with family
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Address: Listvyanka, Russia
Region: Russia > Siberian District > Irkutsk Oblast > Listvyanka
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Ranked #6 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Listvyanka
Price Range: £24 - £39 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
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