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Hostelz.com's Review
Why Not? Chillout Kiev is located very close to the center of Kiev, just five minutes on foot from the main street Kreshtatyk. It is open during the whole year. The price is very reasonable for Kiev, considering the location, and you have all the basics that are to be expected from a hostel.

The Location

The location is quite good, but the building itself is hard to find, so be persistent. The hostel is just in the center of Kiev, five minutes on foot to the Red Square and seven to the main street. However, you need to take a bus or metro from the train station to get there. You can see some of the major sights like the Independence square, Mihailovski sabor (a very nice church), Funicolor -- the hostel is close to all of them. And with the metro, you can go to any station in Kiev very quickly. If you arrive at some of the two airports, you can take a bus that will leave in the center. Be very careful with taxis.

Rooms and Bathrooms

At Chillout Hostel, you can choose between dorms and private rooms; there are blankets, linens, and large, comfortable beds. The linens are replaced regularly and the rooms are very clean. The six-bed rooms have three bunk beds, which are remarkably nice. There is enough free space in the room -- there’s a chair and two tables. There are no lockers.

There are two bathrooms and one shower; they are clean and as the hostel is small, they are enough. Even if the hostel is full, you will not have to wait too long.

Common Spaces

Other amenities include a laundry room with washers and dryer (you pay some nominal fee for it) plus a kitchen with stove and refrigerator. The kitchen is well equipped, so it is not a problem to eat there even if the hostel is full; there are utensils and free tea and coffee. There is also one computer and Wi-Fi. You must check out by noon. One good thing is that there is no deposit. The common space is great; it's far from the kitchen, and big, interestingly furnished, and it has a balcony.

Chillout Hostel is not a party hostel but it is common to have a few drinks there. You can easily socialize with the other people. The staff are great -- very helpful and friendly and ready to answer your questions. You can pay for your bed in hryvnas or euro.

Summary

Overall, the hostel is a very good place to stay. The location is great and you can easily see most of the major sights. We would definitely use the hostel if we visit Kiev again.

by George Traveller
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
July 2012

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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
3   Very chilled ... if that's what you like. Friendly place but pretty busy when I was there (late December) and therefore a bit cramped, short on bathrooms and also a bit of a mess. Too chilled and noisy for me (needed sleep and recharging, rather than a party) but if you need some friends in Kiev, this is the place. One of the owners was extremely helpful with train info ... and also some of the mattresses were unbelievably lumpy.  , UK ()

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