I can honestly say that this is by far the most disgusting depressing hostel I have ever stayed at. Our first impression were bums sleeping outside in the hallway of the hostel building, which turned out to be a nightly affair. Not really synonymous with "home away from home".
Not sure how my friend and I managed to stay 2 nights, but found the courage to escape this oppressive sty and flee to a better hostel for our final night in Moscow. The two nights were awful. The place is filled with old people and vagrants, without a single backpacker in sight. Not a word of english was spoken and felt the constant need to strangle the life out of fear wallets for fear of being mugged. The location is the only plus, but is surrounded by crummy bars and poor food joints.
The front desk was as useless as a stapler without staples. Didn't know a thing about tours and acted like we were asking the world... Typical Russian "service". Also cleanliness is a huge issue at this hostel, bathrooms were disgusting and either out of order or simply not properly stacked.
Basically we were hoping for a bit of a safe haven (at least place to put our feet up) at the end of day but turned out avoiding the hostel like the plague. We mustered up the strength to return after retiring from nearby bars to ease the harsh reality of Napoleon hell.
Without enraging myself further by reminding more of this oppressive dump, I will simply add that this is NOT a backpackers hostel. It is a shoddy halfway house. Be warned.
P.S. don't expect any locks on doors, secure bag drop off or individual lockers that can store more than a loaf of bread.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- NAPOLEON Hostel is MOSCOW'S MOST POPULAR BACKPACKER HOSTEL and is located JUST 5 MINUTES WALK from Red Square in the trendy old town ''Kitai Gorod'' area. This district is characterised with cobbled streets, old merchant houses and quaint Orthodox churches and is full of exciting bars, cheap restaurants, and local supermarkets, all within walking distance.Napoleon Hostel is award winning having won Best Hostel in Russia by Hostelworld. ... more less
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