Kiev Central Station Hostel



The Review

Kiev Central Station Hostel is one of the oldest hostels in Kiev since being established in the last decade.

The Location

The hostel is tucked away and difficult to locate due to lack of signage. Whilst the location is quite far from the centre of the city, actually finding the location of the hostel is not too difficult. However there are no signs on any of the doors outside and the only one you see is when you reach the apartment in which the hostel is located. Only by following the instructions on their website is it possible to locate the hostel.

Near to the hostel are some very good bars and restaurants, but to make it to the main rail station it takes about fifteen minutes' walk. To make it to the center and the Maidan, it takes approximately thirty minutes to walk, making this hostel far from the main attractions.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are fairly basic -- the mattresses are poor and the overall cleanliness is sub par. There is an option of private rooms or a shared dorm rooms available. You are given sheets and towels, but you must make your own bed. Showers are basicm but the doors that lock the shower are flimsy. The showers are not that clean and water often builds up in the area in which you change. There are not enough hangers and hooks for your clothes when showering and often they end up on the floor. You are also given a locker in the dorm rooms, but only on request.

Common Spaces

The hostel is split into two sections -- the upstairs apartment contains the dorms, showers, and toilets; downstairs is the common area with kitchen and lounge. The lounge area comes complete with a laptop that guests can use and many sockets for charging electronic equipment. There is a communal fridge and cooking facilities that are available. The hostel has drinks available in their fridge for guests to purchase for an extra fee. The hostel is quite social and fun and sees a large amount of backpackers coming through its doors. People do often go out and have drinks and socialise, as there are a couple of bars nearby.


Kiev Central Station is a decent hostel in Kiev but it is in need of a facelift, as some of the interior is dirty and worn out. The social aspects of the hostel are good, but the hostel is very far away from the city centre. The location is the hostel's weakest aspect when staying in Kiev Central Station.
by Davehockey Staff Reviewer
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Hostel entrance on street
Hostel entrance
Common area
Common area 2


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Kiev Central Station Hostel" at Gogolivska 25 Apt 15.)


Gogolivska 25 Apt 15, Kiev (Kyiv), Ukraine
50.451711, 30.494903 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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  Awful hostel, administration steel people's things (i was robbed-my charge device from iphone, which I kept under my bed was stolen) and in the last day manager asked me to pay 100 UAN for a one day in spite of I'd paid for all of days! It turned out that she didn't marked in computer one day of my accommodation, and despite of this fact, she refused to leave me the hostel while I wouldn't pay! It's horrible! Disgusting location -- 30 minutes to the nearest metro station and there are no another transport nearby! I recommend to stay away from this hostel as farther as better!
Kiev Central Station Hostel is the winner of the 2009 best hostel in Ukraine so we expected it to be a great place to stay. You would think this one must outshine the other hostels in Kiev, but in fact it was the opposite. Maybe it went downhill after the award, but this hostel is more like a person’s flat then a hostel. The Location The location could not be worse -- twenty minutes uphill from the train station with no trams or bus service; you have a long walk to get there. It is about forty minutes' walk from Independence Square (not twenty as advertised) and to any other sight around the city. As far as we can tell, there is no club within walking distance, but there is a nice local bar to which the owner takes guests. If you want to be close to the train station, this hostel is for you (for those early trains out). Rooms and Bathrooms The dorm is large and spacious but they use it to hang out their washing in the day, so that crowds the place up. The other, smaller dorm is a bit darker and crowded. The mattresses are thin and not that nice to sleep on. The bathrooms are clean enough, though the dirt ring around the shower we come to expect in Ukraine is apparent (from talking to Ukrainians this is normal for them, so we guess the cleaning people think it is ok). There is hot water at all times of the day as far as we could see. Common Spaces The common room looks like a single guy’s place, with a bed on the floor and an old saggy couch to sit on, though it had a nice balcony with a tree top view. The owner, like some other hostels in Kiev, lives in the hostel, and most nights he takes over the kitchen to cook his dinner (being Brazilian he uses the whole kitchen to cook it). The breakfast is a piece of bread and some jam. The state of the floor is appalling -- they expect people to take off shoes but within a few steps your socks are dirty. If they want to have a no-shoe policy, they should keep the floor much cleaner. Summary Overall this hostel is run like someone's flat with some beds in it. The owner admitted he does not run this as a business but as something for him to do while in Ukraine. This does give it a nice, homey feel but it also means things like cleaning and making sure the place is tidy are not taken seriously. We were very disappointed in the state of the hostel today, knowing it won the 2009 award.
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