If you read our last article on Intourist, then it won’t need all that much introduction, but in case you didn’t, Intourist was the government monopoly of the Soviet Union that ran ALL tourism, and ALL hotels for foreigners. A beautiful legacy of this has been the Intourist Hotels that survived the capitalist purge, such as the Hotel Aist, Tiraspol.
Every year YPT run a number of tours to Transnistria, or as the cool kids call it Prednistrovie Moldovan Republic (PMR). A country dejure part of Moldova, bur defacto running about like their own crazy little country, with flags, an army, foreign relations, and a definite prerequisite for a country a capital city, in this case Tiraspol.
Tiraspol like any good ex Soviet state had to have a state of the art hotel that could accept foreigners, which in this case was the Hotel Aist, centrally located, next to the Dniestr river, and frankly state of the art, well state of the art, if this was the Brezhnev stagnation.
There are now two hotels in Transnistria, with the other one being the Hotel Russia, a big expensive beast out of town, and yet we choose to stay in the Hotel Aist, by choice!
So what is it like to stay in the Hotel Aist?
And what is an old Soviet Hotel in Transnistria really look like?
Take our visual tour, and let us know what you think.