"Become a 'local' - rent your own 'kvarteera'..." Top 5 Page for this destination Odessa Local Custom Tip by arturowan

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If you're staying in 0dessa more than a few nights, it makes sense financially & conveniently, to rent an apartment from a local 'vladyelitsa' (owner). For an out of season stay, this can work out quite cheap for a long stay & means that you're not obliged to go outside in bad weather, as in hotels when room staff come to change bedding, etc...
A typical flat can be rented for 40EURO per night from a local, although be aware that many apartments advertised online, belong to westerners, whose prices are exhorbitant - do not expect anything special for this price, not that internal condition will be anything to complain about, but the main 'korpus', might be in something of a slum, with unmaintained exterior, or worse, amateurish building/electrical modifications.
Doors, in particular, are a source of trouble in 0dessa, they tend to be big & heavy, & so old they are no longer plumb with the frame, causing locks not to engage properly - I managed to twist a key in half in such a badly fitting door, so locking myself out of my own room - embarassing!
Another problem with a couple of these 40EURO apartments, were the windows - in 1 room, the only window was sited flush with next door's adjoining brick wall - no way to view the intriguing scenery & courtyrad life, which make 0dessa so fascinating...
So, if you want a flat that feels like 'home', book in advance & use a website with photo's illustrating your location - many of these sites are US-owned, but there are Ukrainian 1's & local owners are more negotiable about price for long-term, out-of-season stays...
Also, these more professional sites will have some1 available who speaks English, something important if you do have a problem during your stay...
Rememeber, that staying in Ukraine in mid-summer, weather is described as - 'dooshna' - "suffocatingly hot" - so an air conditioning unit is essential if you wish to sleep at night...
My last 2 winter visits to 0dessa, of 5 weeks each, were spent in a beautiful 'kvarteera', within a quiet courtyard, unbelievably secluded considering its central location on the corner of Deribasovskaya & Sadovaya - the very heart of this bustling city - & I only paid equivalent of $30 per night...

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  • Updated Jan 31, 2013
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