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“Beautiful hostel in a depressing building” 3 of 5 stars
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D'Lux Kiev Hostel
10 Observatorna str. | 6th floor, Apt. 6, Kiev, Ukraine   |  
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Ranked #45 of 249 Specialty Lodging in Kiev
New York City, New York
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78 reviews 78 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
227 helpful votes 227 helpful votes
“Beautiful hostel in a depressing building”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

There was a small sign outside of a sketchy building, which got sketchier once inside, that lead me to a beautiful hostel. This must have been a beautiful single family home at some point, which was reconfigured to a slightly illogical hostel.

This hostel is located in a fairly central location, though was very difficult to find. Manageable walking distance from the train station, though difficult to navigate. I had to ask people in the building next door for assistance in finding the hostel, and even they were unsure. Throw the directions the hostel provides out the window.

I traveled in the off season and got an eight bed room to myself for a portion of my stay, so that may skew my perception a bit. The beds were comfortable and I managed to get a restful night’s sleep. The lockers were ridiculously small, so bring a lock for your other bag (if you have more than one).

They had only two bathrooms, each with only one shower or bathtub with a shower head. Had to wait a few times to use the bathroom, this while the hostel was at about 30% capacity. This must be a nightmare in the peak season.

There was free Wi-Fi available at a decent strength, available throughout the entire hostel. One tiny shared notebook computer for guest access (though not always available).

There was a kitchen available to guests, though no breakfast available at the hostel. This made things a bit more difficult for me. Located within a 5 minute walk to a grocery store, which was convenient for getting breakfast breads / yogurts and a few beers for the evening.

It’s hit or miss with the staff in terms of helpfulness, though I must give a shout out to two members. One was very helpful with suggestions for food and sightseeing when I first arrived. Another was very helpful (and patient with me) in dealing with cancelled flights to NYC during the recent hurricane. She specifically allowed me to extend my stay for a few days and helped me to book, cancel and re-book taxi’s to the airport on a daily basis (even at 2:30AM).

Room Tip: Not much to choose from here; the less beds in a room the better.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Located in a quiet neighborhood, in an apartment on the 6th floor, about a 20 minute walk from Independence Square, this hostel is hard to beat. Accommodation in Kiev generally seems expensive; I could not afford the expensive western style ones and the Communist era places, although affordable, have really bad reviews, so I opted for a hostel. As a solo female traveler in my seventies, I booked a private room, which I realized did not have a private bath. The fact that I had to cross the dining room (the only real hang-out place with television) to get to one of the spacious bathrooms, was awkward; it was also noisy quite late. However, the place was spotlessly clean and the front desk girls very friendly. Tip: do not take the breakfast! It is only 2 Euros, but all you get is a bowl full of Cornflakes with much too much milk, two halves of stale buns with undescribable jam and a bad cup of coffee.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

This is the best hostel ever! The location is good (not exellent though) - the hostel is located approximatelly 20min walk from the city centre, but there is a cheap bus that takes 5 minutes from the centre to the hostel, if you're not willing to walk. The staff is very friendly and helpful, we had a great time with them. They also arranged us a taxi, because we arrived at the airport in the middle of the night. The rooms are very clean and spacious, the only problem was that there was no lock to our door, but the place seemed safe, and nobody missed any of their stuff when leaving. There are 2 luxurious bathrooms with jacuzzies, which was quite a surprise for us. There's a great atmosphere in the hostel and I would love to come back in the future!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kiev, Ukraine
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2011

Great service,great rooms, great location. Hot shower and towels great too. Would come back again. Thanks.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2011

Great location, spacious social areas, proper mattresses, spacious and not crowded dorms, multiple bathrooms and wc, consistant hot water in showers. everything u dont get in hostels in ukraine!!!! masha the owner is just delightful and the other 2 girls are great too. ask them anything and its no bother. this place is brilliant

Room Tip: If you want privacy - there is no doubt that you have to choose superior private room with double be...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 10 Observatorna str. | 6th floor, Apt. 6, Kiev, Ukraine
Location: Ukraine > Kiev
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Ranked #45 of 249 Specialty Lodging in Kiev
Number of rooms: 4
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