Gagarin 10, Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
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Yak Tours Karakol Reviews
Great vibe, dirty bathroom Jul 27, 2010
The longest-running backpacker hostel in Central Asia has become some kind of institution. That doesn't mean it is good, but it sure means it's popular.
The hostel offers a variety of accommodation, ranging from camp sites in the lovely garden, to beds in strangely decorated dorms to bunks in the corridor with little more than a curtain for privacy (what about safety?). The rooms come with all kinds of weird furniture and one even sports an (out of tune) piano!
As for facilities, there aren't many. Apparently they sometimes serve home-cooked food, but they didn't during my stay here.
There is only one shower available, which doesn't seem to have been cleaned since the country gained independence. If only the owners would put as much effort into cleaning the place as they do in tending their garden. There are two (shallow) pit toilets in the back garden and while smelly, these are actually a better option for your number twos. You do not want to sit on that toilet in the main building.
On the plus side there is a wonderfully tended garden. Towards the back there is a lovely seating area where you can also pitch your tent (a bargain at less than $2 per night!). Things might get rowdy here at night as it is the ultimate place to have a late night drink.
The owners also run accommodation at Altyn Arashan and they can be quite pushy selling their transportation to these hot springs. I didn't go to Altyn Arashan, but apparently it is worth a visit, though finding your own taxi will definitely be cheaper if you are with a small group.
In conclusion: the vibe in this hostel is absolutely terrific, but I wouldn't recommend it because of the awful state of the bathroom. So if you are not particularly fussed about cleanliness, then this is the place for you!
Part of the Kiev to Kuala Lumpur 2010 travel blog
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