Balalaika Hostel

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Balalaika HostelBalalaika Hostel is a very new, comfortable hostel located near the train station. It is the sister hostel to the popular Baikaler Hostel, which is also located in Irkutsk. The staff are friendly, English speaking, and organise various transports and tours for you. The Wi-Fi is also fast and can be used throughout the hostel.

PRICES:

The prices are as low as  400 Rub in dorm room / for a DORM bed and in Feb and Mach 500 Rub . CONVERTER

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Balalaika Hostel is a convenient fifteen-minute walk from the Irkutsk Passenger Railway station, making it very accessible to anyone arriving into Irkutsk from the Trans-Siberian first thing in the morning. The hostel website also provides excellent, detailed instructions on exactly how to get there from the station. You can take a taxi or tram if you want, but walking is probably the easiest option.

Balalaika is not located in Irkutsk’s city centre like many of the other hostels in the area, but it is only a short thirty-minute walk across the bridge to the main city attractions. There are not really any restaurants and cafes around the hostel, but there is a supermarket nearby.

We offer you two 8-bed dorm rooms as well as comfy common area, and FULLY EQUIPPED KITCHEN. And even more:

FREE 2 common computers

FREE Wi-Fi

FREE lockers

FREE city map

FREE luggage storage

FREE pasta for cooking

Tea and sunshine are also included! 🙂

We also book for FREE:

Accommodation in our BELKA HOSTEL (former EcoHostel) located in Listvyanka

ACTIVITIES IN LISTVYANKA: Russian Sauna (Banya), Bicycles, Dog Sledding, Scuba Diving.

The GUIDED TOURS around Listvyanka and Baikal

Our pay services:

laundry (200 Rub)

visa registration (500 Rub)

MINIBUS TICKETS to Olkhon island (900 Rub one way)

ACCOMMODATION on Olkhon island (1200 Rub / night, all meals are included)

Balalaika Hostel is small, comprising only of two eight-bed dorms. Configured with four sets of bunk beds, the dorms are narrow but sufficiently sized. The mattresses are soft and comfortable and each bed comes with its own individual light and power outlet. Like with other Russian hostels, guests are provided with sheets to make their own bed. Small towels are also provided free of charge.

The hostel has two showers and two toilets, all of which are kept very clean. The showers are excellent – nice and hot with great water pressure. They are very nice after getting off a three-day-long train ride!

Our staff creates a very friendly atmosphere in the hostel. We will be happy to give you a piece of advice for your trip or just share experience.

If you are not happy about our service, we can always discuss that and find a solution. I am Jack Sheremetoff and I AM FULLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS HOSTEL! My e-mail address: info@baikaler.com

Welcome to Balalaika Hostel!

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BALALAIKA HOSTEL | TRAIN STATION | IRKUTSK
Tel: +7 950 1320 262 (sms and voice)
Address: Sportivny lane, building # 5A, apartment #1, Irkutsk

The Hostelz.com Review 

Balalaika Hostel is a very new, comfortable hostel located near the train station. It is the sister hostel to the popular Baikaler Hostel, which is also located in Irkutsk. The staff are friendly, English speaking, and organise various transports and tours for you. The Wi-Fi is also fast and can be used throughout the hostel.

The Location

Balalaika Hostel is a convenient fifteen-minute walk from the Irkutsk Passenger Railway station, making it very accessible to anyone arriving into Irkutsk from the Trans-Siberian first thing in the morning. The hostel website also provides excellent, detailed instructions on exactly how to get there from the station. You can take a taxi or tram if you want, but walking is probably the easiest option.

Balalaika is not located in Irkutsk’s city centre like many of the other hostels in the area, but it is only a short thirty-minute walk across the bridge to the main city attractions. There are not really any restaurants and cafes around the hostel, but there is a supermarket nearby.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Balalaika Hostel is small, comprising only of two eight-bed dorms. Configured with four sets of bunk beds, the dorms are narrow but sufficiently sized. The mattresses are soft and comfortable and each bed comes with its own individual light and power outlet. Like with other Russian hostels, guests are provided with sheets to make their own bed. Small towels are also provided free of charge.

The hostel has two showers and two toilets, all of which are kept very clean. The showers are excellent – nice and hot with great water pressure. They are very nice after getting off a three-day-long train ride! Although difficult to figure out how to turn on, the downstairs shower is a thing of beauty, with multiple shower heads and an built-in radio. Unfortunately this radio doesn’t work. Perhaps it was disabled by a frustrated staff member after some particularly intense shower karaoke sessions.

Common Spaces

The common areas are comfortable and quite reasonably sized, considering it is not a very large hostel. The main common area has a couch, a desk with two computers that are free for guests to use, and a kitchen/dining area. The kitchen is small but well equipped and user friendly with everything labelled in English. There is also a second common area downstairs with a couple of couches. However, to access this space and one of the dorm rooms, you must walk down a very steep and precarious spiral staircase. Anyone who has mobility issues should request to stay in the dorm upstairs.

Summary 

Balalaika Hostel is a great little hostel. It is modern, comfortable, convenient to both the train station and city, and has fast Wi-Fi. It is also kept very clean and secure.

by Cat MacGregor

Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer

2015-10-28