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“Don't expect too much. Location is fairly good which is very near Metro.” 3 of 5 stars
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Home from Home Hostel
Arbat | House 49, Entrance 2, Moscow, Russia   |  
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Ranked #331 of 668 Specialty Lodging in Moscow
Singapore, Singapore
1 review
“Don't expect too much. Location is fairly good which is very near Metro.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2010

I was booked in the Pushkinn hostel but the hostel's electricity and water were cut off.

I have no choice but have to look for hostel nearby at Arbat Street after a long tiring night train from St Petersburg. I managed to get this hostel number from the travel guide and was glad that there was a room available. Shower and kitchen facilities nothing to shout about but at least it has all the necessary facilities that I required for a short two nights stay.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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English first
Wenatchee, Washington
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2010

Reserved at Pushkinn Hostel - was closed, looked bad, was told to come here. Mistake.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2008

Firstly, we notified the manager that we would be arriving early, and we received a reply saying that this was fine and that the rooms would be ready for us. We got there, and the housekeeper let us in and told us to wait in the damp and smelly kitchen as the manager was still sleeping. We waited for 2 hours and then got shown into our 'double room'. Which was dirty, unheated, cramped and the door didn't shut. We had to lock the room with a latch or a padlock to keep the door shut. There were only 2 toilet and 2 working showers for approximately 20 people, and these were foul.
Cheap, yes, but I would tell anyone to just fork out a little more and be a bit more comfortable.

  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Australia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2008

Although we paid a deposit when we arrived all they had left was a more expensive room. We chose the hostel for the free Wi-Fi but the manager told us he couldn't give us the password until the next day (24 hr reception advertised). We were unable to use the 1, slow computer after waiting ~5hrs. The advertised common room was being used as a dorm & the kitchen had nowhere to prepare food, no hotplate or stove for cooking, not enough cups, or utensils & the only sink in the bathroom.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — the lack of facilities & room promised
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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FDP
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2008

even if the building is really old, even if the rooms are small and beds uncomfortable, I would definitily come back, this place is funny, typical russian apartment ( kind of a "komunalka") , you're free to do what you like, the staff is nice, you have the keys and can come back whenever you want. nice place.

  • Liked — the "smoking area" on the stairs
  • Disliked — really uncomfortable beds
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2008

We stayed here for only 2 nights and the only thing I can say is - thank god it was only for 2 nights!

I really don't know where to start by criticising this hostel. Firstly - think squat rather than hostel, secondly, screaming teenagers running around at all hours do not bode well for a good night's sleep, thirdly, forget health and safety regulations (showers that come off the wall whilst in them/sinks coming off the wall), privacy or any remote kind of civilisation at the Home from Home hostel in Moscow. I am sure this place is used for other purposes but I will not say what on here.

Breakfast consists of having to scrounge your way through a tiny reception where you will have to retrieve your cereal out of a cupboard or rummage around for biscuits on a table, should you fancy one.

There is a cleaner there who seems to do no work and merely entertains herself there by speaking loudly on her mobile at all times or turning up outside your door well in to the early hours of the morning.

The only good thing about this hostel is that it is near a metro stop (only a few minutes walk), which only a stop away finds you at the Red Square. Make sure you go to the right metro entrance though as there are 2. One will have you demented with the back and forth run and the other will take you where you want to be.

In addition, we were conned by the staff there who overcharged us by £7.00 just because we did not pay in US dollars (they saw it as an opportunity to fleece you due to the conversion rate from US dollars to rubles, so they say. Paying in their native currency, which we did, gave them a chance to fleece us. They do not have credit card machine facilities either....

We were meant to be staying in Sweet Moscow hostel but they don't tell you when you book it that they will put you in another if they feel like it - hence our horrendous stay in Home from Home!

I did not expect The Ritz hotel but nor did I expect squalor either.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Squalor - general
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Home from Home Hostel

Address: Arbat | House 49, Entrance 2, Moscow, Russia
Location: Russia > Central Russia > Moscow
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #331 of 668 Specialty Lodging in Moscow
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of Moscow, our hostel is on the 2nd floor of an original 1900s building in the Old Arbat. This street is the most famous walking street of the Russian Capital. There, you can feel the Russian Bohemian Atmosphere. Only 10 minutes by walk from the Kremlin and Red Square. Our hostel has 12 comfortable rooms, a common place with TV, WIFI and a Kitchen. Two new bathrooms with 5 showers and 4 toilets. ... more   less 
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