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The Babushka Grand Hostel Reviews

60 Malaya Arnautskaya, 85 Ekaterinenskaya, Odessa, Ukraine

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366 Total Reviews
  • 92%Value For Money
  • 93%Security
  • 88%Location
  • 94%Staff
  • 90%Atmosphere
  • 91%Cleanliness
  • 91%Facilities

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Been travelling for a few months in hostels with army barrack style type. Grand Babushka Hostel was like going for a few days at grandma's house, the kind of place you don't wanna leave. Beautiful tsarist era appartment turned into an hostel, I mean there was a crystal chandelier in the room. Plus all the commodities you need to enjoy life and 5 min from the train/bus station. If I ever go back to odessa, even if I'm a millionaire and famous, I'll book in GBH.


Listen, fellas, Babushka's: ***** The owners were lovely people, though they didn't speak English very well. They are a very fun and playful, and they have two lovely cats (which me and my friends cooked fish for). Rooms are spacious and cool at night when temperatures drop. Beds are fantastic, bathroom grand (with washing machine). Kitchen well equipped. Location within EASY walking distance to everything (railway station, market, the sea, restaurants, supermarkets). Will defo come back!!!!


I think it was too expensive for South Ukraine.


Best hostel I've been to in Ukraine. Very kind granny running the hostel. Locker keys do not open multiple lockers as is sometimes the case. Friendly company, mostly backpackers. Big living room, nice cats.


Extremely cozy hostel! And very hospitable owners. However, I didn't like that the windows in the 10-bedroom are always open while they face a high-traffic narrow street. So take your ear plugs with you! And, possibly, a gas mask. If you don't have that, I suggest to put your pillow on top of your head. That helped me.


One of my best experience in a hostel ! The woman who owns the hostel is so adorable, helpful and everything. I felt like home when I came here. The decoration of the apartment is incredible. I stayed in the private room which is absolutely amazing ! I'll come back Babushka :)


The Babushka Grand Hostel was by far the best hostel stay I have experienced so far. The condition of the apartment, atmosphere in the house made this place really special. I will definitely come back to visit again!!


Lovely stay at the Babushka! Very warm, welcoming and helpful owners. Stayed in the private double room - MASSIVE! Super clean and comfortable and the shared bathroom is also very big, clean and the shower is lush! Very conveniently placed for the train station and very nice 'Kompot' cafe/restaurant. About 20 mins walk or so to the very heart of Odessa, along pleasant streets.

  • 24th Jun 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


The perfect hostel for Odessa. The location was very convenient, the staff was excellent, it was safe and comfortable. Good wifi and good lockers. When I come back to Odessa, I will surely stay here again.


Great hostel!


Hostel occupies a spacious apartment with high ceilings. Building looks rough on the outside but very nice on the inside. Run by an older couple who speak limited English but who try hard to please their guests. Easy walk to train station. Good wifi. Full kitchen.


Like coming to visit grandma and grandpa. Not so much English being spoken but you can practice your Russian. Very welcoming. And cats. Hooray for kitties. I felt bad coming in late though because babushka has to wake up and let you in.


One you found the tiny sign at the door, you were ushered into an ornate 19th century flat with a terrific welcome despite poor English. A real home from home


I stayed one night with 2 of my friends, it was good, the staff are really welcoming and the atmosphere really cosy ! It's like if you arrive in a babuska's house, and she take care of you, she is still here for you and your questions !!!

  • 18th Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • France
  • Mixed Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


I had a very good stay here. The hosting lady was very nice and welcoming. She and her husband made me feel home from the first minute I arrived. The hostel is in the centre of the city very close to the Odessa main train station and buses. So you can simple take a quick walk to the hostel. It is very close to a lot of interesting places, bars and restaurants that are in walking distance. The common room and the kitchen are very cleanly kept .I will come back for sure.

  • 15th Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)

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