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Jack Sheremetoff, a Lonely Planet recommended guide, welcomes you to stay in his Baikaler Hostel (he'd rather call it a '3 guest room apartment') in the epicenter of Irkutsk (corner of Lenin and Karl Marks streets).

Rated as Our Pick by Lonely Planet (Trans-Siberian Railway, 3rd edition, p216)!

The location of the hostel is unbeatably central and ultimately convenient. You can walk everywhere you need within minutes: ATM (3 min), pizza or restaurant (5 15 min), Art Museum and supermarket (15 min), Angara river (15 min)

The hostel has all facilities, good shower, clean and roomy. All the rooms are separated, have comfortable beds and well lit.

There are 3 rooms for guests:

LONG rooms is a 6 bed mixed dorm (3 bunk beds), GREEN room is a 2 bed twin and BALCONY room is a 6 beds mixed dorm (3 bunk beds).

There 2 toilets and 1 shower

Toilet and shower are shared!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Fast and smooth visa registration is arranged upon request (add 400 Rub per visa).

Tours to lake Baikal, transfers to Listvyanka or Olkhon island and other destinations can be arranged. Suggestions on how and where to go in Irkutsk or lake Baikal. Also, you are welcome to join our ongoing tours (if any)

Welcome to Baikaler Hostel!

Please keep in mind that all trains in Russia run on Moscow time (Irkutsk time = Moscow time + 5hr). So if you train ticket says: arrival time is 3 am that in fact means 8am local time.



  • Free WiFi
  • Air Conditioning
  • 24 Hour Check-In
  • Free Parking
  • Linen Included
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage

Important Information

1. Arrivals and Departures
New arrivals can check into their rooms / beds after 12pm each day if the rooms / beds are occupied. Guests may arrive earlier and leave their luggage at the hostel but access to rooms will not be granted until after 12pm. Please note that to avoid disturbance of our sleeping customers,we do not allow to arrive earlier than 8 am. If your train happen to arrive before 8am, you can use the service of a resting room at the 2nd floor of the train station or you can have a nice long breakfast at Hot Express 24hr 5 min walk to the left as you exit the train station.

Please note that due massive number of changing plans, shifting arrival dates and no shows, I leave a right to provide alternative accommodation in one of the centrally located homestays / hostels for the same rate if your booking is messed up.

Please keep in mind that all trains in Russia run on Moscow time (Irkutsk time = Moscow time + 5hr). So if your train ticket says indicates arrival time as 3 am, that in fact means 8am local time.

Departing guests must remove all their belongings from their room, and check out, before 12 pm (noon). After this time guests may make use of the luggage storage facilities but all possessions must be removed from the room and the key handed back to reception.

2. Check In
Check in can be arranged immediately upon arrival if the room / bed is available. Otherwise, check in can be granted at 12 am (noon)

3. Check Out
Check out is at 12pm (noon) and guests must hand the keys back to reception.

4. Age Restriction
Bookings cannot be accepted from any person under the age of 18 unless they are accompanied by an adult (over 18).

5. Guest Behaviour
The comfort, safety and security of our guests is of paramount importance to Baikaler Hostel. Any guest(s) who, in the opinion of our staff, compromise the comfort, safety or security of other guests, staff or local residents will be requested to leave the hostel premises and will not be offered a refund. Guests are expected to respect other guests, staff, local residents and property. In the case of groups, the group leaders must ensure that all members of their group behave in an acceptable manor. Failure of any individual group member to do so will result in the expulsion of the whole group.

Please meet with your new friends outside of the Hostel.

6. Smoking
Smoking IS NOT permitted inside Baikaler Hostel. Any guest found smoking within the building will be asked to leave the premises immediately and will not be offered a refund. A smoking area and ashtrays are provided outside the building for guests who wish to smoke.

7. Personal Property
It remains the guest's responsibility to ensure that their personal belongings are secure at all times. Baikaler Hostel accepts no liability for the loss, theft or damage to property however sustained or caused.

8. Baikaler Hostel Property and cleaning
Guests will be expected to reimburse Baikaler Hostel for any damages caused by inappropriate behaviour during their stay at Baikaler. The cleaner will be granted access to your room unless you expressed a concern about not wanting her/him to enter during your stay. This is to ensure that the cleanliness level is always maintained and for the convenience of changing sheets etc.

9. Keys and setup
Upon check in guests will receive a set of keys for access to Baikaler Hostel. Keys must be handed back to reception on check out.
The setup of the Baikaler Hostel is that the twin and dorm rooms share a bathroom and a toilet, both separate. So you will be sharing a bathroom and a toilet with max 10 other guests in the other 2 rooms.

10. Liability
Baikaler Hostel liability remains, at all times, limited to the value of the services booked, excluding any amendment charges paid to us.
11. Transfers
Please note though that Irkutsk is a small city and distances from the train station and airport are not big. We strongly recommend you to take a taxi as our transfers will be more expensive.

Free train station pick up can be arrange upon special request only if Jack Sheremetoff is available.

12. Errors and Omissions
Any omission or error in sales literature, web pages or site, order form, quotation, price list, order acknowledgement, despatch note, invoice or other document issued by us may be corrected by us without liability.

13. Cancellations
If you have to cancel or change your book, please let us know as soon as possible.

14. Discretion
All bookings are subject to availability and Kita Inn reserves the right to decline any booking at its discretion.

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Hotel Amenities

  • 24 hour reception
  • ATM
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Hairdryers
  • Hairdryers For Hire
  • Internet Access
  • Linen Included
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels Included


  • 24 Hour Security
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Towels for Hire


  • Washing Machine


  • Card Phones


  • Free Parking

inroom facilities

  • Reading Light

sport& leisure

  • Hot Tub

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