Hostels aren't for me but sadly, being a poor student, they have to be! I was visiting Moscow for a long weekend with friends, we were on a tight budget and after the over night train I was dreading my first proper hostel experience! I think there's a lot of stigma behind hostels (I had herd all kinds of horror stories with cockroaches, unchanged sheets etc) but I have to say its actually ok. Trans-siberian hostel was cosy, with a cool, indie style interior. It was very clean, i honestly couldn't complain about that at all.
We arrived at the hostel at about 6am having got in from St. Petersburg at 5. We were worried as check in wasn't until 12 but the lady was great about it and understood we wanted to freshen up and leave our bags there until we came back to check in properly. On the first night we cooked and ate in the hostel, the facilities were fine and clean and it was nice and relaxing after a day of hardcore sightseeing to be able to chill out and enjoy a filling dinner with friends. We took full advantage of the DUKCU supermarket nearby and dinner came to 45 rubles (pretty much £1) each (six of us eating pasta & homemade tomato sauce).
There are lockers for valuables, the sheets smelled clean and the beds were reasonably comfy.
Location wise its quite good, 25 min walk from red square & St. Basils and its very easy to find- just a straight road once you get off the quiet hostel street. Its a good road as well, there are at least 3 shokoladnitsas along that street which are great for hot chocolate, snacks or even full meals and salads. There is a teremok which is great for blinis and not too pricey. And plenty more restaurants and cafes. Trans-siberian is inbetween two metro stations, Kitay gorod and another but the name escapes me, sorry. Kitay gorod is a good area bars and restaurants etc so handy to have within walking distance.
Also, at Trans-siberian, you get breakfast. Even though its cornflakes and toast, its still makes for a decent start to the day. There are cats, just to warn anyone who might not like them. One of the girls in our group is allergic to cats but to be honest they don't really get in the way and are quite cute!
I would definitely stay here again and whole heartedly recommend it for anyone exploring Moscow on a Budget.
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