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The Babushka Grand Hostel
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The Babushka Grand Hostel
Ranked #10 of 224 Specialty Lodging in Odessa
Lviv
2 reviews
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“Terrific hostel”
Reviewed August 7, 2012

Terrific staff. Convenient location within walking distance from the train station so no need to take a bus or taxi when arriving in Odessa. The hostess, Lena, was really helpful, friendly, and great with suggestions about which beaches in Odessa to go to. She has a fun attitude and enjoyed practicing her newly learned card tricks on me and other guests. She made the place feel comfortable like visiting a friend's home than a hostel or hotel. I liked that each person gets a private locker with key. The communal room is large and a good place to socialize with the other guests. Great place. I'd go back.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Ternopol, Ternopil's'ka Oblast', Ukraine
1 review
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

This was a great hostel near the train station. Also, not too far from the center and an easy trolley ride to the beaches. Tidy, with a nice atmosphere, and helpful, friendly staff. We had a great time. Will definitely return if and when we make it back to Odessa!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Luneburg, Germany
1 review
Reviewed December 11, 2011

Nice hostel atmosphere, two dormitories and a "private room". Classically furnished with candelabra under the ceilings.
It is an apartment in a three story house only marked by a door bell on the main entrance. You must find the right apartment by yourself (first floor). Masha seems a little confused, but has everything under control and speaks 3 languages.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Vienna, Austria
2 reviews
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Reviewed September 27, 2011

Very popular with young americans partying. If you accept that, its actually nice.

Not too clean, not to professional but very homey and laid back.
Its one big apartment, which was classy once, well before it was turned into a hostel!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled solo
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Upstate NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 27, 2011

More than a bit annoying to arrive, despite two phone calls making and then confirming our reservation, only to be told that the double room (or any room) was not available as apparently the staff/owners are not very skilled at managing reservations. And the same was true for another couple who arrived the same day. An apology, a room around the corner in another place helped, but it was more expensive with nothing more than a shrug offered for the mistake. The use of the shower was made available after our check-out the next day in the other place--helpful, I suppose.

Room Tip: Impossible to evaluate as we did not get to stay here!
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Oswestry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 22, 2011

Babushka is a tastefully decorated, well run apartment-style hostel with relaxed atmosphere. It's quite centrally located, just a 10 mins cheap taxi ride to Arcadia beach (alternatively you can take a direct tram to the beach). There are shops and some good restaurants nearby and the hostel can arrange for various activities and tours to suit most tastes. It's not the cheapest accommodation if that's what you're after however, it's definitely on the classier side.
The double room was spacious, nicely furnished and had a large and comfortable bed. I would have liked it so much more if not that I had booked a twin room instead - not a big deal though, it all was rectified pretty well. I liked the bathrooms and large common area. Whether you want to do sightseeing or clubbing, I think your stay at Babushka will be an enjoyable one.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: The Babushka Grand Hostel
Address: Mala Arnautska St., 60, Odessa 65012, Ukraine
Location: Ukraine > Odessa Oblast > Odessa
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 224 Specialty Lodging in Odessa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We have a beautiful hostel that looks like a pre-revolutionary aristocrat's apartment with chandeliers, gilded ceilings that are 4 1/2 meters high and carpets. It is three blocks from the train station and a 25 minute walk from the beach and a 15 minutes from Deribasivskaya. Western service with local knowledge we are always available to help you plan any excursion or adventure. ... more   less 
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