It was really difficult to find from the metro station and I went round in circles a few times, when u print out a map it fails to tell you that there are several exits and subways from the metro station it only showed one exit and I assummed i was following the map. Locals did not understand even when I showed them the map and used my magic caption "isvinite" which means excuse me. Eventually I recognised the blue steeple from the picture. It is in fact a magnificent church and do pop inside, however the Hostel staff Knew nothing about having a tour around it or climbing the spire as advertised!
The girl who booked me in was not hospitable, made me pay in change said she had none but when I bought extras she was able to miraculously obtain some from the safe behind her. She made me wait whilst she took 3 phone calls and was not at all a meeter or a greeter! The artwork around the halls was really good but a member off staff kept turning the light out so you could barely see at the end of the corridor. I was in a dorm which I will loosely call a room, Room 2 it had another door leading to another room inside it and was really a walk through for all the people in the room to go in and out through. Privacy means nothing. Unbeknown to me one dorm bed in the room which I can only describe as a nest was occupied by a member of staff and her boyfriend who came and went and she dictated when the lights went on or off and left the door open, people were just walking through all the time!
If you were wondering about breakfast, bring your own or eat out as they charge for a meagre breakfast of toast and coffee! Whoever stayed in my bunk b4 me left boots, a ph charger and clothes under my bed. I was told that he was a friend of a staff member, I moved his stuff out into the hall in a bag, thee floor was dirty and covered in hairs and I gave it a wipe and disenfectant spray around my bed. As my bed had black footmarks on it I borrowed a quilt from the bed above as no one was there. 3 members of staff came and trailed it off my bed. They were very hostile and I was almost afraid to sleep the first night.
The bathroom is smelly and dirty. On a poster it says it is cleaned every hour but I never saw ne1 clean it the whole time I was there. There is a kitchen,cooker fridge microwave, some people take over the tv room although it says u should not eat there! There is a 24 hour supermaket nearby if you cross over a bridge but at night it is dark waste ground and there are a lot of Drunks about so be careful! My towel was not changed whilst I was there and I had to sleep on my coat as the pillow was like a napkiin and they ignored my pillow request. As I say the church is remarkible but there is no way the staff r hospitable unless to the male visitors who frequent and leave baggage there. There is nothing in the Kitay Gorod area worth seeing at all and it is about a 20min walk to the station and to Red Square. If you can afford to stay somewhere else it will definately enhance your stay more!!!
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