I was booked at Funky Mamaliga by Retro Moldova Hostel though Booking.com. I have stayed at approximately 200 hostels/hotels in the last 4.5 years on 6 continents. The Funky Mamaliga is the 2nd worst hostel I have every stayed at. The staff here are the laziest, most inconsiderate individuals I have every met. One speaks NO ENGLISH and seems happy about it. I ask about a store (magizin) no help. No restaurants within 2 blocks of here. No maps of the city. The sitting area they occupy in the court yard looks like a homeless person is piled up. Guest sitting in the court yard are bombarded with their loud music. They play it loud and you can hear it blasting over your music on your headphones. They talk loudly among themselves. They have personal guest show up and make out all night. They are still around in the mornings. They don't empty thrash cans in the sleeping quarters, kitchen or bathrooms. The area around the washing machine smells of sour clothes. They do not restock toilet paper in a timely manner. At 7:00 p.m. they were out, 7:00 a.m. the next day it's still out. They leave beds dirty until someone wants to rent them. The majority of hotels and hostels strip the used sheets immediately and remake the beds when people leave. At 10:30 p.m. they are cleaning and making beds. Lights out occurs at 10:00 p.m.(2200 hours) at 90 % of hostels. The room lay out is asinine. The single beds headboards block the windows from opening. The rooms are as hot as Dante's Inferno. Reversing the beds would not only allow windows to open but headboards would block the hall light from shinging into the room. That's right the bedroom has glass panels. I used the thrash can that was full of thrash to tie off and block open the window for ventilation and the staff untied the window and moved the thrash can without emptying it. They didnt empty it my entire stay. The light fixture has one light bulb. The owner needs to install a ceiling fans and put screens on the windows to stop mosquitoes. There were 4 lockers in the room. Only one locker had a key that worked.. Two lockers were locked closed and one had a key that didn't work. The kitchen looks like a "$hit hole"! If the staff is not going to monitor that those that use the kitchen clean it up then they should keep it clean. It should not have leftover food and dirty dishes for hours after use. On Sunday August 25th that had a party with loud music till about 0400 hours. Most nights this ended at 0100 hours. Again staff is lazy, rude and inconsiderate of the guest staying here. …
Really liked this hostel. It had an good atmosphere, relaxed and punctual. Clean rooms, 15 minutes max from centre. Good for a groupstay!! Boss also does tours to Transnistria, you really should consider this, we liked the one day trip and his stories!!!
During my stay it was at full capacity. Good music being played throughout the hostel. The beds aren't very comfy and there were mosquitos. The location is ok. Not far a bus stop to the bus stations. About a 15 minute walk to the center. Staff were ok. Show and toilet were fine too Would recommend to young travellers
I stayed for three nights at this hostel during my trip. The location is good and the accomedations are pleasant and cozy. The bathrooms are quite dirty, and cockroaches were spotted more than once. The kitchen is also not the freshest. And the staff seems more occupied with doing vodkashots during the evenings than acctually make sure that the rooms and common areas are in peak condition. Would i recommend it? If youre not picky, then sure! After all, the bohemian atmosphere is central to the experience
I've stayed here way too many times and it's always a great stay. Helpful staff, plenty of space, clean and welcoming. Visiting Chisinau - definitely recommend this place. Plenty of outdoors seating, quite often there are some parties and dancing going on - so lots of fun.