A lovely little hostel tucked away in the north of the city.
The hostel has a great clean, light feel to it with a smart boating theme.
The room was tight but the beds were very comfy.
The communal space was welcoming and had games, tv and books.
The showers and toilets were great.
I stayed here for 4 nights on my solo trip of Russia and had quite high expectations based on good trip advisor reviews.
There are certainly some great qualities to this hostel - the style is modern and comfortable (matches all pics), with new and beautiful design for bedrooms, common room and kitchen. The location is very good - a few mins walk to metro station where you can take metro into main tourist areas in about 15 mins. The price is a good value.
I was disappointed by the hostel workers' attitude and friendliness. When I checked in, the lady was not very friendly and didn't provide any information about neighbourhood or city (ie. Local restaurants, maps, etc). None of the other workers over the 5 days made an effort to engage with me or provide me with sightseeing tips. This is in contrast to other hostels I've been in where workers give information on tours, local events, etc.
Secondly, I was a little concerned with the level of safety in the hostel. Firstly, there are no locks on the dorm doors so anyone from hostel can walk into your room at any point in day/night. This was particularly frustrating for me as my room (8 bed female) door opened right into kitchen where other guests where throughout day. Although there are lockers, they were completely full for entire time I was there (there were not enough - maybe about 10?) so I could not use them. Thus, I had to carry all valuables with me for whole duration of stay. If this is an issue for you, perhaps consider staying elsewhere.
So, all in all it was an average stay. Some parts of the hostel were great, other parts need work.
It is very cozy and friendly place to stay) really close to a subway station and Belorussky railway station, which was convinient for us, coz we were going to the airport the next day. The best deal for less money! I was with my parents in a three bed room, liked it a lot. Totally recommend this place. I will stay there if I go to Moscow next time.
Thank you, Unity Bay Hostel crew:)
We chose this hostel as it had great reviews. It is very central and is brand new so everything was clean and in great condition. The sitting area had lots of seats and a big TV. The showers were clean and the kitchen was small but fine (lack of cultery - only one teaspoon). Wifi was on and off. We stayed in a double room which is located behind reception.
Unfortunately our stay was not pleasant due to the noise every evening in the common area, always past midnight and the light that would come through the room (window above the bed and on the door). On Thursday evening a yachting meeting was held that kept us awake until past 11.30pm. On Saturday night the TV was on until pass midnight and there was noise and talking in the common room through out the night.
The receptionist was not extremely helpful or friendly. We are now staying in a hostel in St Petersburg and the first thing they did was show us around the hostel, tell us about what is local and were just really nice. We got none of this at Unity Bay unfortunately (apart from one receptionist who had studied in Italy who was lovely).
A great hostel if you want a central location but it was not a comfortable or a place for quality sleep. It does not have 'sound proof' rooms as per the facilities on booking.com.
The area is central and close to the Belorusskaya train station, where you also have direct access to the metro. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The interior is cozy and we felt like home. The shared living room has a big TV and there is also WIFI available everywhere. There is also a kitchen fully equipped with refrigerator, microwave, plates, cups and cutlery. Last but not least coffee and tea is also provided for free -> Great place to stay!