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“Awesome hostel in Kiev!”
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Dream House
Ranked #1 of 367 Specialty Lodging in Kiev
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“Awesome hostel in Kiev!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2013

I've stayed in well over 100 hostels in 50 different countries, and the Dream House hostel definitely ranks among the very best! Hands down the place to stay if you are a backpacker or budget traveler considering coming to Kiev!

It's clean, modern, with a great location a few minutes away from the metro. The hostel is tucked in a small courtyard, so the more "secluded" spot prevents noise from the busy street from bothering guests. Located on the famous Andriyivskyy Uzviz, the Dream House is within walking distance to most of the top tourist attractions in Kiev, or only a short metro ride away.

They also have their own café/restaurant, Café Druzi, which appears to be quite popular with local students and seems to serve as their hang out spot. The menu is varied and affordable, and the food is tasty. Their breakfast options are also quite good and easy on the wallet.

I spent 5 nights in a 4-bed dorm. It was spacious and the bed very comfortable. There are two lockers per room (you leave a deposit for the key), so it's up to whoever gets there first and asks for one. Each bed comes with its own power outlet and lamp, which is convenient. The room was clean thoroughly every 2 days and they even changed my sheets and left me a candy.

But it's the staff that really makes a difference at this hostel. The Dream Girls working at the reception desk are friendly and knowledgeable and help you make the most of your stay!

Highly recommended for anyone traveling to the Ukrainian capital! =)

Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Irene P, Front Office Manager at Dream House, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
Dear Patrick, thank you for your pleasant words! We are very happy that you liked everything about our hostel. It was really kind to come and visit us even you weren't staying with us, it means a lot for us!
We hope to welcome you again at Dream House in the nearest future!
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2013

Great international hostel at a great location: the wonderfully beautiful and romantic Andriyivsky Descent. Modest prices for private or dorm rooms. The hostel has a small courtyard with a terrace as well as a bistrobar, popular with local youths and with an extended menu (great cocktails!). The staff is very friendly, helpful and entertaining. The private rooms are a bit small, but ok. The dorms are ok too, as well as the shared toilets and showers. The hostel organizes some nice tours, such as a mystery tour through nocturnal Kiev. The hostel is a 5-minute walk from metrostation Kontraktova Square.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Irene P, Front Office Manager at Dream House, responded to this review, June 6, 2013
Dear Jilles, thank you for your review. We hope you really enjoyed your stay in Kiev and some day will come back and visit us again!
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Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2013

We've been to Kiev for 5 days last week and stayed in the Dream House Hostel. At arrival, we were welcomed very friendly and kind.
The beds are amazing, they just look brand new and sleep very comfortable.
The personnel is very friendly and will always help you with anything you like. They speak very good english and will translate everything for you (Ukranian is a very hard language ;) ). They know the best taxi's who won't scam you and know the best places to get a drink. I can definitely recommend the Pub Crawl, wich shows you a couple of bars in the direct environment of the hostel (which is in a very good neighborhood and really close to the metrostation). The Pub Crawl ended with us hopping in taxi's and going to Bora Bora Beach Club, a cool and exclusive nightclub on the same island as Hidropark. We've spend the night there and everybody stayed with us untill 7 o'clock in the morning.

This was easily the best hostel experience i've ever had in the whole world.

Cons were the usual suspects: shower doors and walls are really flimsy, and our last day the warm water was empty (probably because the hostel was fully booked and everybody went showering before us). When there are a lot of people in the cafe (which has really good and cheap food & drinks!) the wait can be long.

In the end; nothing to really worry about. If you are looking for a hostel in Kiev that has it all; this is a no-brainer!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Irene P, Front Office Manager at Dream House, responded to this review, June 3, 2013
Thank you so much for such a great recommendation of Dream House hostel! Hope to welcome you again in our hostel in the nearest future!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2013

I stayed here a few nights. Beds were soft, bathrooms clean and the staff super friendly and helpful. The location is excellently located on Andrews Decent; a very historic area and close to a Metro stop. The cafe serves excellent if not slightly overpriced food. I can confirm the review below by Steinberg was correct, though does not factor into my overall consideration. Overall I was very pleased with my stay and would recommend it to others.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Irene P, Front Office Manager at Dream House, responded to this review, May 23, 2013
Thanks for the great review. We are very pleased to know that our hostel has met your expectations.
Hope to see you soon in Dream House!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2013

No long story, here are the facts:


- I stayed in 4 bed for one night and Twin double for 3 nights because I like privacy.
The twin is well worth the extra few bucks if you want your own room!!
- Twin room is very spacious!
- Very Clean! Rooms get cleaned every 2nd day, you can request everyday as well.
- Bathrooms/Showers always clean and smells fresh.
- Staff speak English very well!
- Staff VERY friendly and helpful, even printed my boarding pass when I left!
- Druzi Cafe is part of the Hostel and prepares amazing food!
- Druzi Cafe prices are very affordable and you can eat a decent tasty Omelet, toast and Juice breakfast for about €4.
- It is located in a beautiful part of Kyiv and 2 minutes from a metro.

Thank you Galya, Maryna and Natalia! I will stay in Dream House again!

Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Wynand V
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Irene P, Front Office Manager at Dream House, responded to this review, May 16, 2013
Dear Wynand,
thanks for your great review! All girls are saying you "hi"! We hope to see you again in the nearest future and make Mysterious Kiev tour all together !
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2013

Arrived here after a dubious taxi ride through the city wondering what we had let ourselfs in for!

Luckily met some guys who were living at the hostel and working in the city who showed us around and got to see its actually an amazing city.

Cafe is the hostel is great if not a little over priced but super convienient.

Made a lot of use of the TV and board games due to the freezing weather as we visited in January!

Room was small but fine, no lifts though so a long way up to the top (4th floor) with bags!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Irene P, Front Office Manager at Dream House, responded to this review, May 6, 2013
Dear guest,
thank you very much for taking you time and sharing your feedback with us. We are pleased to hear that you liked our hostel, cafe and that our board games saved you during those freezing January days.
We look forward to welcoming you back again in Dream House hostel. Next time you should try to come in spring or summer, you will definitely like our city more than you did!
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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

The staff here were amazing, but I have to say that overall I'm a bit disappointed after reading all the reviews. The rooms are clean and spacious, which is nice, but as a young, solo female traveler it is a bit uncomfortable to be in a room with men who are upwards of 45 years old. There seem to be a lot of local people staying here, and even a few who appear to live here, and a lot of groups or couples. So far I have not met any other solo travelers, and it is very difficult to meet people here in comparison to other hostels.

The kitchen is very nice, however, and a movie was played at night (only in Russian though-- not even with English or German subtitles). The room was very cold, though, and the beds a bit uncomfortable. The location is decent, and the bathrooms are clean. Although there are signs that say no smoking, it does not appear to be well enforced. The ventilations in the rooms are also not great, and there is a lot of general BO-smell throughout the rooms and the corridors, which is very offputting. The cafe is nice, but a bit pricey. This seems like one of the better hostels in Kyiv, but so far I'm not especially impressed. They also boast that there are nightly activities, like pub crawls, etc, but I did not see any evidence of this.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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5 Thank NatalieSteinberg
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Irene P, Front Office Manager at Dream House, responded to this review, May 6, 2013
Dear Natalie,

thank you for taking your time to share your experience of staying at our hostel! Your feedback is very important for us as it helps to understand better what we have to pay more attention to. We are taking your review on board for constant improvement.
We hope to see you again in the further future at our hostel and promise to take into consideration all af your comments!
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Additional Information about Dream House

Property: Dream House
Address: 2D Andriivskiy Uzviz, Kiev 04070, Ukraine
Location: Ukraine > Kiev
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 367 Specialty Lodging in Kiev
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Dream House Hostel and Bar! The atmosphere of happiness and life satisfaction, home warmness and positive emotions, kindness and hospitality - all that proceeds from our young, and suoer-friendly staff who are always ready to share with you their good mood!Perfect location of our hostel will allow you to be at the center of all the standing of your attention events. We are located in the historical part of Kiev - one of the oldest streets in the city. By five minutes walk - Kontraktova square and metro station. Around us there are lots of opportunities to spend time, both: cultural and nightlife. Detached building built in the 19th century and completely renovated in 2012, has all the necessary communications and modern new furniture.In Dream House we have 28 rooms which can accommodate 106 people. Rooms are presented in the following categories: 8 Bed Dorms(both mixed and room only for women), 6 and 4 Bed Mixed Dorms, Triple and Double Private Rooms (Superior Double Bed Privates have shower and toilet in the room), Single rooms. All guests can use the equiped kitchen of the hostel , where everyone can cook his/her own breakfast, lunch or dinner. For an additional fee you can enjoy breakfast in our Druzi cafe on the ground floor.We make stay in Dream House enjoyable and intense. Here you will learn how to combine the cultural program with crazy nightlife! Hotel guest computers are installed, as well as free Wi-Fi network all over the hostel. Our team will do everything to make your stay in Kiev passed under the sign "at home" and the minutes were spent with us became bright impressions, and a reason to return to Dream House. ... more   less 
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