Review of Hotel Cosmos – Chisinau
Young Pioneer Tours visit Moldova twice a year as part of our Transnistria National Day Tour and our legendary Eurasian Adventure Tour. I was planning to travel to Chisinau as part of a research project for Pioneer Media, and so decided to stay in my old favourite the Hotel Cosmos.
Why the Hotel Cosmos?
We have been running tours to Chisinau for many years now, but one of the biggest problems we faced was finding a decent hostel. Long story short, hostels in Chisinau are god awful, with most being run by Russians that have zero interest in tourism, or customer service. We once got bitten by fleas in a hostel but I won’t name it.
A few years ago, whilst traveling privately I saw the Hotel Cosmos from a distance from the train station and thought it looked suitably Soviet and thus worth a try.
Chisinau like any good ex-Soviet state had to have a state of the art hotel that was allowed to accept foreigners, which in this case was the Hotel Cosmos. Whilst there are more higher-end, or similarly priced hotels, we ALWAYS pick the Hotel Cosmos for its central location (next to the train station), but more so for its Soviet kitsch.
What are Hotel Cosmos Chisinau rooms like?
Oh, where to begin? It’s cheap and it’s Soviet, and the rooms could not be more Soviet if they tried. Much less basic and more luxurious than in other Intourist hotels, such as the Hotel Aist in Tiraspol. Rooms come with a balcony for smoking, local cable channels, and decent speed internet.
Price wise, you pay around $30 a night, with a double and twin rooms available.
Hotel Cosmos Location
A literal 2-minute walk from the train station which in my mind sets this place apart, particularly if you are coming here by train. From the centre of Chisinau, it is then a 30-minute walk or a few bucks in a taxi – although it is much better to book your taxi from the hotel rather than just picking one up randomly.
There is one of the best steakhouses I have ever been to next to the hotel (London Steakhouse), as well as an Andy’s Pizza, La Placenta (local food), and a huge mall within walking distance.
Moldova is also really cheap, so it is easy to lose a few days here.
Hotel Cosmos – Facilities
Post-Soviet pragmatism has meant that the Hotel Cosmos also rents out part of its space for things as eclectic as a casino (slots), scooter sales, and bookmakers.
- Very decent buffet breakfast
- Friendly reception staff
- Hotel Bar – complete with friendly ladies looking for tired businessmen.
- Did we mention Soviet kitsch?
It is old, it has seen its better days, but you don’t come to Moldova for a deluxe vacation. With this in mind, I love the place and think there is nowhere perfect to stay when you are traveling to Moldova, particularly if you plan to arrive or leave by train.