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Funky Mamaliga Hostel Reviews

str. Kogalniceanu 16, Chisinau, Chisinau, Moldova

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73 Total Reviews
  • 85%Value For Money
  • 78%Security
  • 82%Location
  • 74%Staff
  • 73%Atmosphere
  • 83%Cleanliness
  • 73%Facilities

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didnt stay at funky but at RETRO hostel they are both run by the same manager, a nice lady who knows how to handle travellers and both had the same incompetent and unprofissional staff i arrive with a reservation and with 10% paid and i was told that there wasnt place cause they play music insted check mail so i had to go to the other hostel, more expensive and pay full fare! then i was ask to leave 50 lei deposit for the locker key which i didnt get cause was gone. so it was my mobile charger

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Thank you for your comment, we appreciate your effort. The key from the locker was not returned by another guest, so we had to make a duplicate. In regards to your charger, you left it in the wall, next to your bed. If you'd like to get it back, please send us your postal address and we'll be glad to ship it. Finally, we apologize we had to move you to RETRO but it was because there was no hot water at Funky and we wanted to make your stay more comfortable by moving you to another hostel.


A little pricey given the cost of most other things in Moldova. Because of the cold there was a loud hot air fan running at all times, which got annoying after a while. Beer for sale is a plus though.


clean, nice , but it was cold and there was a problem with hot water

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Thank you for your comment, we appreciate your effort. The problem with the hot water and the heat in the hostel is fixed now, so you're more than welcome to visit us again! All the best with your trip, Funky staff


There was almost no life in this place, the staff mostly seemed down with life and the other guests had no interest in getting s beer or even leaving their beds most dsys, they wanted to charge me extra just because I arrived early. Not a fan

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Thank you for your comment, we appreciate your effort. In regards to your situation, you arrived much earlier than the check in time and we suggested you could either leave your luggage with us and return later, or check in 5 hours earlier for an extra fee. This is a regular procedure at any hostel, we hope you appreciate this policy. Have a safe trip, Funky staff


Could be one of the best values for money in the world Moldova felt safe with warm locals Suggest one day monastery One day winery One day Transneister One day r and r / hair and nails They need a printer and coffee machine Altho great Italian coffee nearby and meals are so cheap no need to cook in hostel

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Thank you for your comment, we appreciate your effort!


I've made a booking at Funky Mamaliga but they didn't have free places for us. They made us wait around 30 minutes outside of the hostel to take us to a different places. In the time we were waiting, tired after a whole night trip, the staff were playing on facebook. Then someone has taken us to a different hostel where they wanted us to pay a higher price than in Mamaliga. They've also ignored that 12% was paid by reservation. the other hostel was full of noisy Romanians so no good night sleep


The owner was extremely rude, aggressive and money grabbing. I was charged three times as much as a taxi to be collected from the bus station. I felt sorry for the lovely staff who worked for this man. There was hardly any water coming out of the shower hose and I was unable to wash my hair. I reported this to the staff who did nothing about it. It was the only bad hostel that I stayed in during my eight weeks of travel this summer. The disgusting the washing up sponge in the kitchen was filthy.

  • 19th Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Wales
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


Good hostel, located about 15-20 minutes from the city center. The only knock is that there is only one shower, but I'd stay here again.


The staff were very friendly and very helpful. The location was also good and the hostel clean. Difficult to talk about the atmosphere as the hostel was mostly booked out by a group. There were very few persons there outside this group. Overall good value for money. Areas that could be improved on are the single shower for almost 25 people meaning having to arrange a rota to use the shower! Additionally, the rooms were very hot - fans would be an excellent idea.


Nice place with lovely garden under grape roof where you can really relax.Manager lady was very nice to the guests and very helpful with any information you need ,very grateful!Relating staff,some was very nice,some unhelpful and not communicable at all..In general it's a great place to stay.


Some staff very helpful and friendly, others less so. Lovely little shady garden area where you can enjoy a cold beer. Excellent security... big lockers and staff on duty 24 hours. Very close to centre and some good places to eat. Good kitchen facilities. But only one shower for the whole hostel and the communal area (the only place you can get wifi) is very small. Enjoyed my stay and would recommend it.


Excellent value at 5 Euros a night. Wifi was fast, the hostel was clean, nice kitchen, and cozy (small) dining room table, but there were extra tables outside in the beautiful courtyard. There was also a hammock! Staff is hit-or-miss, with some staff being more helpful/knowledgeable than others, but all were friendly. Only one shower and one additional toilet for whole hostel, which got annoying when hostel became full on weekends. No. 1 Supermarket is nearby, city center is 10 minutes walking.


A very nice hostel directly in the centre of Chisinau. 10 minutes walk to blvd. Stefan cel mare. Great accomodoation and nice facilities.

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