Excellent Hotel close to city centre
Posted Sep 6, 2015
Excellent hotel, with good friendly staff always ready to help. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Rooms great and facilities very good. There are lots of things to do in Odessa, all fully documented on the internet. The Odessa Catacombs where a definite must see and worth while, but you will need a translator with you, certainly the guide I had didn't speak a work of English, thankfully I was with a Ukrainian friend who was fluent. The complex is huge but to be able to just see where the Partisans hid from and fought the Nazis was great.
Transport is not modern but is very effective. DO NOT expect air conditioned town buses, these are from a time before that but well worth the experience and I should add that Odessa is very hot. You just pay the driver on leaving the bus and it would appear that there is one rate for everything, 5rph per person per trip.
The sea is safe with breakers in the water and the water warm. there are lots of parks to walk through in addition to the usual tourist places. If it gets too hot, take a boat out and make the most of the sea breezes.
I found the people really friendly and helpful, but do not expect to hold conversations in English so make sure you take some means of communication assistance with you. Relative to England, salaries are very low and you will be amazed at how far your money goes, but I always gave a little extra on the tip as for them it was a lot for me it wasn't.
At no time did I feel unsafe great