Hotel Aist Hotel Review
Transnistria, Prednistrovia, the PMR, the last of the Soviet Union, etc etc etc. The unrecognised country of Transnistria, and its fabulous capital city of Tiraspol is not only a place that I have been to a lot, but somewhere I even used to live. I was due to be back here for the first time in almost 2 years, so being here in the Soviet time warp was always going to be a treat.
Why the Easy Sofia Hotel?
I was taking this trip as part of a research trip with Pioneer Media, and Young Pioneer Tours, two companies I am involved with.
Tiraspol 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 Aist, and whilst there are now two hotels (the other being the Hotel Russia Tiraspol), we ALWAYS pick the Hotel Aist for its central location, but more so for its Soviet kitsch value.
What are Hotel Aist Tiraspol rooms like?
Oh, where to begin? Its cheap, and its Soviet, and the rooms could not be more Soviet if they tried. Basic, lucky if you get hot water, but you do get a balcony! Did we mention Soviet Kitsch?
Price wise you pay around $18 a night, rather than $60-100 at Hotel Russia, Tiraspol
Hotel Aist Location
A taxi from the train station costs about 100 local roubles, or $6-7. But after that, you are completely central and can walk to everywhere useful in Tiraspol within 20 minutes. In the summer the view from the balcony of the Hotel Aist onto the Dniester river is amazing.
Hotel Aist – Facilities
There used to be a bar with friendly ladies willing to accompany gentlemen, but whilst the bar has gone, the ladies now sit in reception. There’s a gambling place, a wide reception and a basement that still has communist propaganda, and you are so near actual facilities that the lack in the hotel is no big deal. For example, there is no breakfast, but you are two minutes from a Sheriff Supermarket.
It is old, it has seen its better days, but you don’t come to Transnistria for a deluxe vacation, with this in mind I love the place and think there is nowhere to more perfect to stay when you are on a tour of Transnistria.