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The theme to GHOSTel - Medieval Hostel might make you expect something different than you get (though it's not necessarily a bad thing in this case). The hostel's medieval ambitions are rather limited to mild decorations and putting either a "Lady" or "Lord" before your name in your booking confirmation. Unlike places where staff actually wear kilts and recite Shakespeare, in this hostel you will be greeted by the classic jeans-and-T-shirt guy trying his best to talk to you in a language that you might or might not understand (the staff speak a variety of languages!), with the backdrop of curtains and fake stained glass reminiscent of some place from long ago.

The Location

The location is really convenient -- it's two minutes' walking to the main drag, and attractions are scattered around in walking distance plus you'll find all things needed for survival (there's banks aplenty, little shops, gazillions of restaurants and bars and nightclubs, and the inner city train ticket booking office). From the airport you can take either bus number 48 or trolley bus number 9 and get close enough to leisurely walk the last meters to the hostel. From the train station it's even easier with uncountable connections of buses, trolley buses, trams, and taxis. And for those arriving on their own wheels, there is plenty of parking in the street.

The house itself is one of the unlimited number of classic marvels for which Lviv is so very famous -- which means it is old. So with the attractive facade comes a hallway that could need a touch up -- and some light! And the only thing that will get you up to the third floor is your feet! When entering the hostel, a seeming time warp is activated though and transports you to a brand new hostel where everything you could ask for awaits you -- under a medieval veil. We really did appreciate the video surveillance of the entrance which is monitored by staff twenty-four/seven (not that Lviv is anywhere near generally unsafe, but it's a good feature still).

Rooms and Bathrooms

The hostel is only on one floor and still has its flat-like layout so there are only a handful of rooms (a double plus a four-, a ten-, and a twelve-bed dorm). Thus maximum capacity of the whole place runs close to only thirty people. The rooms are simple but friendly with wooden, squeak-free bunks (and the specialty of a double-bed bunk in the largest dorm!) solid mattresses, and always fresh linen (which you need to apply yourself and return in the end of your stay to get your deposit back). The free linen includes a towel that can be exchanged for a fresh one at all times.

There are also lockable cupboards for valuables. All in all rooms are really clean and comfy. The only thing problematic could be the heat in summer as there is no ventilation in the rooms. There are four bathrooms with toilets and sinks, three of them with a shower, and all spotlessly clean at all times. There is also ample space for changing, so clothes don't get wet, and one bathroom even comes with a washing machine that can be used for free.

Common Spaces

There is one central "living room" with a big dining table and chairs plus some other sitting options nicely draped around a faux fireplace (and more medieval-ish deco). An attached open kitchen plus fridge helps those who want to self-cater, and a computer corner next to that will help guests who don't have their own devices to access the Wi-Fi. Both internet options are for free, but the connection is a bit fickle. A lovely extra is the balcony opening up to the backyard, which allows for some quiet fresh air time or a smoke. It's generally all really relaxed here, and due to the hostel's family size, meeting other people is easy -- if you find someone sharing your lingo, that is. Apparently this hostel (as well as Lviv itself and thus probably most other hostels here) is frequented mainly by Eastern European travelers who often don't speak any English at all, so if your Slavic language of your choice isn't up to speed, you could get lonely after all.

Summary

This place is great! It's so cute and lovely and well situated and safe and clean. Also price-wise it is in the average range of hostels in Lviv, which are generally rather expensive, taking into account the actual super low living costs in Ukraine.

by gagalichen
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
July 2013
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