Odessa is the third-largest city in Ukraine. Located on the Black Sea, it is a transport hub and popular tourist destination. Odesaa is also referred to as “the pearl of the Black Sea.” This multicultural city is home to the administrative capital of the Odessa Oblast and was initially established in 1792 by decree of Empress Catherine the Great. Other settlements had existed in the same location dating back to the ancient Greeks and more recently, the Tartars. History buffs will find plenty to geek out over in this picturesque city.

In addition to its seaport, Odessa is accessible via an International airport, multiple railways and a high-speed highway linking it to the capital of Ukraine, Kiev. These multiple avenues of egress make it a great location for backpackers, whether they’re only visiting Odessa or if they’re using it as a starting point for further adventures in the area.

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Odessa’s hot, humid summers and cold, dry winters helped to foster the spa culture and development of tourism. This city’s port is considered a warm-weather port and is one of the major terminus’ for oil production.

Check out some of the Best Hostels in Odessa:

The Babushka Grand Hostel

Book on Hostelworld Book on Booking.com from $9 / 10-dorm 4.5/5 Map

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (May)

Highlights of this hostel include:

  • Desktop computer available for use
  • Book exchange
  • Board games
  • Secure storage/lockers
  • Fully equipped kitchen

This non-smoking hostel boasts that they are experts at finding somewhere to party. This hostel is located blocks from the train station and central bus barn. Located in the city center, it is close to tons of the city’s best bars and restaurants, along with being within walking distance to the Privoz market. Guests can buy a variety of fresh foods and vegetables directly from local villagers.

Reviewers have commented on how difficult this hostel is to find, but all agree that it is worth the confusion. The building and staff get very high marks from travelers of all ages.

It’s important to note that the reception area of this hostel is only open from 7 a.m. to midnight. Payment for your entire stay is due upon arrival and can be made by cash or credit card in UAH dollars only. Taxes are not included in their posted rates.

Friday Hostel

Book on Hostelworld Book on Booking.com from $7 / 8-dorm 4.7/5 Map

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (May)

Highlights of this hostel include:

  • 24/7 reception with no curfew
  • Modern decor with bright colors
  • Peaceful atmosphere

Located 7km from Central airport, Friday Hostel is also within 1.6km from Spartak Stadium, Chernomorets Stadium, Odessa Theatre of Opera and Ballet, and Deribasovskaya Street. This hostel courts the new generation “who are looking to change the world.”

Reviewers love this hostel’s central location, friendly staff, and clean rooms. They did note that there is no elevator to the second floor, however. Be prepared to haul any luggage you may have up the stairs.

Payment for your entire stay is due upon arrival and can be made by cash or credit card. Taxes are included in their posted rates. This hostel may pre-authorize your credit card prior to your arrival.

Hostel 51

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**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (May)

Highlights of this hostel include:

  • 24/7 reception with no curfew
  • Free slippers & toiletries
  • In-room air conditioning
  • Lounge area with TV/Xbox
  • Fully equipped kitchen

Centrally located, this hostel is near restaurants, clubs, bars, and shopping. It located only 300m from both the Odessa Theater of P[era and Ballet and the Odessa City Gardens.

Reviewers rate the location as perfect and the staff as “very cool.” The staff makes an effort to get the guests involved with one another for outings to restaurants, etc. The accommodations are very clean.

Customers must be at least 18 years of age. Payment for your entire stay is due upon arrival and can be made by cash, credit card, or debit card. Taxes are included in their posted rates. This hostel may pre-authorize your card prior to your arrival.

SmartHostel

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**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (May)

Highlights of this hostel include:

  • 24/7 reception with no curfew
  • All new furniture
  • Coffee maker and seating area in each room

Located on French Boulevard, this hostel is about 3.5km from tourist destinations such as the Odessa Theater of Opera and Ballet and the Duke de Richelieu Monument. Some of its rooms offer city views.

Reviewers advise that the staff here does not speak English. The accommodations are clean. They report that this hostel is near Tram No. 5 and only about 10 minutes from the beach.

Guests under the age of 6 are not permitted and there is a 14-day maximum stay limit. Payment for your entire stay is due upon arrival and can be made by cash, credit card, or debit card. Taxes are included in their posted rates. This hostel may pre-authorize your card prior to your arrival.

Hipstel

Book on Hostelworld Book on Booking.com from $8 / 10-dorm 4.7/5 Map

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (May)

Highlights of this hostel include:

  • 24/7 reception with no curfew
  • Secure lockers for each guest
  • Power outlets near the bed for charging devices

Built in 2016, Hipstel is one of the city’s newest hostels. It is located in one of Odessa’s iconic historical buildings that was built in 1880 and is located only 700m from Deribasovskaya Street.

Ecologically-minded travelers should know that the hostel’s beds are constructed with wooden frames from an ecologically clean area of Ukraine. There is an area for storing luggage, a lamp, and individually controlled air conditioning units in each room.

Reviewers rave about the staff at this hostel and give it very high marks for cleanliness as well.

Payment for your entire stay is due upon arrival and can be made by cash, credit card, or debit card. Taxes are included in their posted rates. This hostel may pre-authorize your card prior to your arrival.

Mama Hostel

Book on Hostelworld Book on Booking.com from $10 / 8-dorm 4.5/5 Map

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (May)

Highlights of this hostel include:

  • 24/7 reception with no curfew
  • Free slippers
  • Lounge area with multi-language TVs
  • Multiple accommodation types, including one female-only dorm room (8 guests)
  • Fully equipped kitchen

This hostel is located in a beautiful historic building near the center of town which is close to restaurants, bike rental, ATN and supermarkets. A 15-minute ride on a nearby shuttle will get you to the beach.

Reviewers all comment on the cleanliness of this hostel. It is a family-run establishment with an English-speaking owner. The family and their three children are often found in the common areas of the hostel and are happy to chat with their guests. Very friendly atmosphere.

Travelers should note that credit cards are not accepted at this location. Payment for your entire stay is due upon arrival and must be made in cash. Taxes are included in their posted rates.


Whether you’re looking for history, architecture, beaches, the spa culture or a temperate climate, you’ll find something that appeals to you in Odessa, Ukraine.

Odessa boasts a number of public parks and gardens. These include the Preobrazhensky Park, Gorky Park, and Victory Arboretum. The University Botanical Garden recently celebrated its 200th anniversary. In addition, the city also hosts many other smaller barks and botanical gardens.

Architecture buffs will find Odessa fascinating due to its blend of several different architectural styles. Buildings here were heavily influenced by the French and Italians, along with traditional Russian styles and a smattering of Art Noveau, Rennaisance and Classicist structures.

Notable landmarks include:

  • Odessa Theater of Opera and Ballet
  • Sparkol Stadium
  • Duke de Richelieu Monument
  • Odessa City Gardens
  • Odessa Museum of Eastern & Western Art
  • Potemkin Stairs (city symbol built-in 1841)
  • Privoz Market (large farmers market)
  • Vorontsov Palace (19th century palace & collonade)
  • Pyrmorskyi Boulevard & Derybasivska Street (both known for their monuments, history, and architecture)

Odessa’s most widely celebrated and popular holiday is April Fools Day. Odessans engage in practical joking and wear brightly colored costumes meant to celebrate their personalities and senses of humor. 

In addition to its landmarks, Odessa offers beaches along its coastlines and a vibrant nightlife in its city center. There is truly something for everyone in this lovely city.