The hostel is named after Yuri Gagarin, the first human to journey into outer space, and the hostel has many photos and other wall hangings to promote this theme. The hostel is one of the cleanest I've seen in Kiev, while also being one of the least expensive. The rooms are standard size, crowded for two people but enough space for one. The location is in a quiet residential area, so the only noise you have to worry about might be coming from the kitchen area whose door is generally shut at night. The walls between rooms are pretty thick, the beds narrow but comfortable, with lockers, small table and chair, very basic. The bathroom and shower area are the cleanest I've seen in Kiev, with many shower stalls, and the whole place looks newly renovated, although the rest of the building is typical residential, so don't be fooled by the outside. Its a short walk to the metro, and about 20 minutes walk to the center. The staff at the reception desk speak English well, but booking a taxi can be problematic. The only drawback to staying here are the toilets, there are three sinks and four urinals, but the two Western toilets are too short - the two squat toilets offer much more room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Low cost, brand new, affordable, clean & friendly Hostel. Gar'is Hostel is located in the centre of Kiev on the quiet street, downtown in Pechers`kyi area, less than 3-minute walk from "Klovska" metro station, 6-minute walk to the Olimpiyskiy and Palace of Sports, 10-minute walk to the main street of Kiev - Khreshatik! Guest services include: 24-hour reception desk help with friendly English and Russian speaking staff, cozy rooms with free wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) connection. Great discount offers for groups and long stay are provided. Each Gar'is Hostel room is nice-designed and well-equipped for the comfortable stay: comfortable beds with linen and towels, individual storage lockers, desk, chairs, mirror, coat hanger. Hostel guests have an option to leave their belongings in separate premise for luggage which is absolutely safe. Also the infrastructure of the hostel offers 8 shared shower units and 8 lavatories divided into "Male" and "Female". Fully equipped kitchen gives an opportunity to the guests to cook for themselves. Tea and drinking water are always available. Nearby there is a variety of cafes and restaurants offering the tasty international and Ukrainian cuisine.The Hostel is located in the cultural center of Kyiv in close vicinity to such city's popular sites as Pinchuk Art Center and Khreschatyk (1,3 km distance). Distance to Pechers`ka Lavra is 2 km. On the prior request group transfer to Borispol airport is available. ... more less
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