Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer Haky
Address: 3 Drukaska str., Top floor, door code 250, Lviv, Ukraine
Hollywood Home Hostel is listed on the following booking sites:Not listed at Hostelworld Not listed at Booking.com Not listed at Hostelsclub.com
Hollywood Home Hostel is a very welcoming hostel, based in an excellent spot in Lviv just off of the main square. Not that noise from the street is an issue, because the property is on the third floor, though that does mean youll have seventy-six steps to climb -- so hopefully you arent feeling lazy. Also, they offer free laundry as an added bonus!The LocationHollywood Home enjoys pride of place on Drukarska Street, which is just off Lvivs main central square. Theres an abundance of restaurants, cafs, and bars in the area and a decent-sized supermarket (in Opera Passage) within a short, ten-minute walk. The only real catch is that transport-wise, the railway station is about forty minutes away on foot, and the bus station is more than seven kilometers out of town. Still, there are various trams and local buses that you can get, so it isnt too much of a drawback. In terms of the actual building itself, it can be kind of difficult to find, as its only labeled as "hostel" rather than Hollywood Home, but the instructions they provide are perfectly clear if you make sure you read ahead.Rooms and BathroomsWhile the ten-bed dorm may feel a little cramped, the six-bed room is naturally more spacious. Both the bunk beds and the lockers are the big, sturdy wooden kind, so youre unlikely to be woken up by people accidentally clanging about. Also, the duvets they provide seem to be larger than those of your average hostel, so you shouldnt have any worries about getting a good nights sleep. However, plug space can prove to be a little difficult to come by and the Wi-Fi is sometimes a bit temperamental. There seems to be just the one bathroom, so be prepared to queue, but on the plus side its very large, with both the toilet and a decent bath/shower housed in the same room. Common SpacesA large, open-plan communal area offers plenty of sofa space as well as a desk with a few chairs. The open-plan space is also home to the hostel reception, so instantly that helps to create a fairly sociable environment when new guests arrive. Theres also a small balcony connected to the common room where you can hang out and unwind or go for a smoke. The kitchen seems basic but is sufficiently stocked with a fridge, microwave, and a couple of hobs on which you can cook. All in all, the communal spaces tick all the necessary boxes.SummaryThe facilities may not necessarily blow you away, but Hollywood Home still makes for a comfortable place to stay in Lviv. The free laundry is a great touch, and the staff are a close-knit bunch, which really adds to the friendly nature of the place. Location-wise it could hardly be better, and the decent communal areas should ensure your trip is a sociable one. Also, did we mention the free laundry?
Ok, but with a little work could be better
In the middle of Old Town, close to everything you'd probably want to see or experience on a short stay. Difficult to find in the night, door code was wrong (so couldn't get in), sign nearly impossible to read (again, in the dark. Also, their address shows up at two different locations with Google Maps. The southern one is correct. Entryway is rather off-putting, but once up the stairs to the hostel, it's fine -- pretty clean, nice staff. For Lviv it's pretty good. For Berlin or Warsaw, it wouldn't be. But that's why we travel.
Clean and Friendly.
This hostel was not so much memorable for its style or luxury as for its sheer friendliness. The staff gave me an excellent introduction to Lviv, and were great for conversation: always happy to recommend museums and restaurants. They also kept a very high standard of cleanliness, both through their own endeavours, and through strict rules (wear slippers and don't eat outside the dining area or leave your mess for others to clear up). Beware of a long climb up to reach it though (can't fault the hostel for this though).
Soviet Home Hostel is one of the more interesting one in this city of Lviv. The place is set up like an old Soviet home, complete with old sofas and chairs to sit on, but not for too long, and various things collected from the era when Mother Russia was in power in Ukraine. Two wall-size posters cover the common room area, giving that feeling that you're sitting back when the USSR was in power! The LocationThe hostel is located right off the main square of the city -- you cannot get closer to all the small pubs and sights. Everything is walking distance and some of the more interesting pubs are just a stone's throw away. Rooms and BathroomsThe dorm rooms are spacious and clean, with custom-built oak beds (other hostels in the city don't have these). You can sit up on the bottom bunk and not hit your head on the top! The bathroom is big enough to put a bunk bed in it! You have lots of room to move around in the dorms. Common SpacesVarious objects in the common area from Soviet times are around for you to see and play with. They ask you to take off your shoes but the floor is a bit dirty, so you go though a few pairs of socks when staying there. They also have a balcony that overlooks the street, though its a bit small.SummaryOverall, this hostel is a very interesting place to stay -- with the location and helpful staff, this hostel will be the next big thing in Lviv. They have taken a lot of time to get this place to feel like the USSR and we think they have done a great job doing this.
The Soviet Home is the newest hostel, and the atmosphere there is unique. It has all sorts of things from the era of the USSR from posters and equipment and maps.
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Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons
Lockers in Lobby
24 Hour Security
Credit Card Payments
Max. Age: All Ages
Checkout: 11:00 (11 AM)
Curfew: No Curfew
Open Dates: All Year
Reception Hours: 24 Hours
Size: Small (less than 30 beds)