The Babuska Grand Hostel

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60 Malaya Arnautskaya, Odessa, Ukraine

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The Babuska Grand Hostel Apr 17, 2011
The hostel is located a short walk from the station in Odessa so it’s easy to walk there straight from the station if you arrive on an overnight train from Kiev, Lviv or Sevastopol - or like me if you just arrive from the short trip from Tiraspol. The hotel is at the outskirts of the old town - but anything around Odessa is pretty much walking distance so you can easily go to the central sights in the old town from here. The hostel is very close to the big central market in Odessa so you can go there to do your shopping or just have a looked around the market and grab a bite to eat in one of the small stalls selling food.

The hostel is inside an old apartment which clearly was built during the prerevolutionary days when the wealthy people of Odessa and other Russian cities could live in style. Hence the rooms in the hostel are all pretty big with a high ceiling. The living room is particularly big and the room clearly stands out with the high ceiling. The living room is furnished with a big couch and a couple of big armchairs plus a big old chandelier hanging from the roof - in most apartments this would just look out of place but here it works because of the dimension of the room.

The hostel is run by an American-Ukrainian couple and apparently her mother sometimes come by and cook traditional Ukrainian meals for the guest - unfortunately it wasn’t the case when during my visit possibly because it was low season so they didn’t have many guest for the moment. They also do quick tours of the city if you are interested just as I arrived they departed for a quick tour of the local market next to the hostel - admittedly you could have done their tour by yourself without much trouble but it is the effort which counts I think.

Unlike many other places in Odessa the Babuska stays open all year - they can only manage to do this because they got several long time guest who stay in Odessa to study at one of the universities - or has just gotten enough of living in the west and wants to stay at the new part of Europe where the rules are different and the vodka cheaper. Sometimes it can be a bit annoying when there is people staying long term at a place - but here it worked fine.

In general the hostel is pretty small and the maximum capacity is around 16 guest at any given time so it tend to fill up easily during the summer - during the off season it is highly unlike to get full despite the limited capacity. Hence even if it if full place is full it doesn’t really get crowded - the rooms are also quite spacious. Apparently the reason they hasn’t put in more beds in some of the rooms is due to Ukrainian regulation demanding a certain number of toilets and showers for a tourist accommodation. Yeah I know Ukrainian regulation - I was surprised as well to hear they got something like that - and they even abide by it.
The living room
The living room
The roof in the living room
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