Nearly gave this hotel 5 (ideally would give 4.5), but it is just a little too shabby... However it is a great hotel for getting a feel of soviet style accommodation. The foyer is massive, with many facilities, reception incredibly helpful (especially Anastacia) and accommodating, and answer emails very quickly. I would recommend booking direct. They are upgrading rooms, we stayed in the double standard room and they were dated, but that is part of the experience. Bed and bathroom clean, and perfectly good. Terrace could do with a chair.
Staff let us check in early even though they were pretty busy, and they were helpful about breakfast as our train left early the next morning.
Location is good, especially if arriving by train as very close, not far from central bus station either.
Walk through market to main sights in town takes 20 mins plus, but buses ply the route. One night was enough to see Chisinau, but this hotel made it a good experience.
The hotel is renovating, which needs doing, in places, but I think they should keep some rooms that retain the old school charm for those that want something a bit more atmospheric and don’t need to stay in an Ikea showroom.
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