My holiday notebook has a note on Day 21: "Train to Suceava, bus to McDonalds, walked to High Class Hostel... LOVE!" High Class Hostel does everything right, and only because its owner is an amazing hostess, an engaging tour guide, and an intelligent business owner. Her name is Monica, and she's guaranteed to make your stay at High Class Hostel great. I commented earlier on how hard the women at Turkish pensions worked, and I have to say their labors are only exceeded by Monica's hard work: on my way to the bathroom one night I noticed her leaving at 3:30 am to pick up some tourists from the airport, and then at 9:00 she led a day-long tour, and then she was back to work doing more airport pick-ups and transfers long into that night. Monica even helps people who aren't staying at her hostel or taking her tours... she's that good-hearted.
Everything about this hostel was high-class. It was in a great location (very quiet) within easy walking distance of the center and Suceava's tourist attractions. The rooms and bathrooms were immaculate. Laundry service was available and my clothes were returned in brand-new condition. There's all-you-can-drink tea in the kitchen throughout the day, and Monica is happy to show you how to prepare coffee on the stove-top if it's your first time! The hostel also has a large garden where you can sit and enjoy a breath of fresh air. Oh, and towels are provided!
But... the BEST thing about High Class Hostel is that Monica is a (semi-famous) professional tour guide (I actually saw her leading a monastery tour on TV when I was getting ready for my trip to Romania, and then when I showed up at High Class Hostel I realized the lady from UK TV would be my hostess and guide!) with expansive knowledge about the local area. She leads THE BEST tours not only to the painted monasteries, but also to Maramures and other important sites in Romania. You don't have to stay at the hostel to take a tour with her, but there's nowhere better to stay so why not?
Directions: Near Piata 22 Decembrie
The High Class hostel is an official youth hostel which relocated from the suburbs to the town center. The villa is located in a quiet side street. The place is small and cosy and really clean. The host Monica is extremely helpful and also does tours to the UNESCO protected Moldovian monasteries.
There is no double room as such but if you book ahead and if it's not so busy you can have the family room with the double bed for yourself. There is a kitchen which you can use and there is free tea and coffee any time you like. No breakfasts, but the supermarket isn't far away and you may use the fridge.
In May 2008 it cost 50 RON per night per person.
DON'T FORGET TO SIGN THE GUEST BOOK! BTW, I read about this hostel on Mique's Suceava page, so thank you Sandra :)
Unique Quality: We stayed two nights and did the tour to the monasteries on short notice. If you travel through Suceava the monasteries are a must as they are unlike any other you have seen anywhere else in the world. Personally, I'm not too keen on tours but this one was just perfect.
Directions: Get off the bus from the station just before the big square or better before you spot the McDonald's to the left. Then turn right and walk uphill past the little roundabout, pass the church on your left and then take the residential road to your left
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