The Hotel Aist is no five-star experience -- you have to specify you want a room with hot water and it's virtually falling apart -- but if you want a true Soviet experience in one of the few truly Soviet places left on the planet, there's nowhere else to stay. The lift is a vintage power-lifting monstrosity that will likely tear you apart if you don't make it all the way in before it starts moving, the wallpaper is peeling away and the ladies of negotiable virtue on the ground floor are just as likely to stab you as proposition you, but it's a fantastic experience and the beds aren't even half bad. If you go to Tiraspol, you simply have to stay here.
Well if you visit Tiraspol you need to stay at this hotel, its like traveling in time to the USSR. Its clean and pretty much ok in most respects. The service is soviet, which adds to the charm. google translate on your smartdevice to russian and present it to the reception guy, that worked for us
I came across this hotel by accident as I was driving around on my motorbike looking for somewhere to stay. It is a very typical old-fashioned Soviet hotel however the location is excellent right by the river and my bedroom had a balcony overlooking the river.. Although the whole hotel could do with big makeover the bedroom was fine, quite big enough with everything I needed including a very very old-fashioned box television I was absolutely assured by the receptionist that they had good quality Wi-Fi, they did not, it was non-existent in the bedroom, I was also promised that they had for breakfast. However in the morning I was then told, now they don't
The hotel is very well located in Tiraspol and the people in the reception are very nice and helpful. I arrived at about 6PM and I asked where I could find a restaurant of supermarket, and I was given good advise.
If you've always wanted to travel to the past but you're sick of waiting for someone to invent a time machine, this is the place for you. I suspect the Hotel Aist has not been redecorated or repaired since Soviet interior design reached its zenith around 1970. Threadbare synthetic bedding, worn-out lino, garish colours, interesting bathrooms... in short it's fabulous. Also, most rooms have a balcony overlooking the river. The one thing which wasn't typically Soviet was the receptionist - she was very obliging and pleasant.