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Hostelz.com's Review
Salve Hostel is a decent family-run hostel -- your hosts are Dima and his wife and son. While they are very nice people, some might find a whole managerial family in residence a little cloying.

The Location

This really isn't on Independence Square -- it's closer to Golden Gate, or Kreschatuk Metros. Then it isn't on Prorizna (cross street and up hill from Kreschatuk Metro); it's on Patorzhinskogo, the cross street. That's what 18/1 means -- a building on an intersection -- the second number is the address on the other street, not the apartment number. The entrance is forty meters up from Prorizna, past an arch, left through a gate into a courtyard -- straight, right, left, door under a big arch -- there are signs on the buzzers.

Once you find it, the location is pretty good, nestled between four metro stations -- the closest is the giant, reconstituted, ancient, wooden Zoloty Vorota (Golden Gate) in the middle of a nice park, with fountain, outdoor cafe, and an eponymous Irish bar. There are also other funky restaurants and bars, like the Trolley Bus, lining Prorizna Street.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are less packed, with an eight- and five-bed dorm, three-bed private -- and upstairs from the big dorm -- a private double in a loft with a balcony. The big dorm also has a full writing table -- a nice and pretty rare touch. One problem is that there is only one toilet and shower for the whole place -- if the place is near full there can be lines. It is kept quite clean, and they will lock up anything for you.

Common Spaces

The kitchen is an all-in-one, medium-sized common room with big LCD TV, VCR, beverages for sale fridge, lounge chair, table, and microwave. Actually being able to buy sodas on premises is a great relief, if you are beat from your exploits or don't want to venture out into the wild streets. They will make a real bacon-and-egg breakfast for a small price. The hostel offers free Wi-Fi and internet. They also have a for-pay washing machine. They'll arrange airport or train station pickup.

Summary

This hostel often comes up as the cheapest hostel in Kiev, and also is bookable at that price same day, which is rare among hostels. If you want the family experience, this is a ok central hostel, where you might get babied -- or salved -- a little.

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Salve Hostel Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
2   I would not recomend to stay here Liked -- place in the centre of Kiev. Disliked -- you can't trust this hostel. I gave money -- no chek, no account, no documents. I booked 6 beds in 8 beds room, but once we arrived, we were hosted in 10 bed room. We asked, why it is like that, and the answer was rude, "if you don't like it, you can don't stay here." it was said after i paid money. Moreover, everyone of us were bit with moths and insect. Some small animals lives in bedding and toilet, and bites, cause rashes on skin.  , age 25, Lithuania ()
5   Good place to stay in the heart of Kiev very good place to stay in Kiev, access easy arriving by train and underground, friendly staff, very clean and even quiet, kitchen facilities are sufficient, unfortunately there is only one toilet and shower, so you need a little bit patience. But the owner Dimitri was very helpful on every occasion and speaks excellent German and English, which made our stay a very pleasant one.  , Germany ()

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