Sergey and Irina's "Luxury" Apartment
Absolutely wonderful hosts!
The apartment "Luxury" was as described on Airbnb.com and very nice. It was clean, well-equipped, and the Greek Theme added a nice touch. Sergey only speaks a little English but he and I spoke often, I think he was enjoying remembering his English. Irena speaks very good English, so there are no language barriers.
This location is in the residential area of Odessa about 7 km from the city center. I had 3 trips previously where I stayed in a small apartment in the city center. Ok for a vacation or two but this year was away from the hustle and bustle, near the Sea, extremely relaxing and completely secure in the apartment area.
I rented the apartment for the outside amenities and closeness to the beach. The Russian Oven was good. They had plenty of sturdy stainless steel skewers and a very easy set-up to use.
The steps to the beach were no more than 200 meters away, quite a few steps to the beach but not bad. This is the 12th Station Beach. To the right the beaches are open and to the left are beach lounge chairs provided for a very nominal cost. A restaurant on the beach and small concession stands just above the beach provide everything you could want for the day.
At the top of the steps were both a bus stop and trolley. Two mini markets, one at the top of the steps and the other between there and the apartment. About a 7 minute walk to the "Santim" grocery store which was well equipped with most items.
Local taxis are available everywhere, and it can be hit or miss on the price. If your Russian is poor as mine is, try OdessaTransfers ((URL HIDDEN) They are a full service company including English Speaking Taxi drivers. You can simply catch a ride, reserve a private car and driver for several hours or a whole day. They can transfer to and from the airports 24/7, 365 days a year. If you need anything in English, anywhere in Ukraine, give them a call. Very reasonable rates, and quick service.
The point is simple, all this made my stay at Sergey and Irina's place a fantastic vacation! >>>
One Note for US Citizens: "BUYING POWER"! The current exchange rate when I left on September 5 was 26.30 грн (Hryvnia-local currency) to $1.00. But the prices of things has not caught up with the quick rise in inflation, so very attractive to the US Dollar.
For travel concerns, there are no issues in Odessa or any points to the west. My stay was better than perfect, my finances barely scratched the surface, and Sergey's apartment was the center of all good things for this trip.
Sergey and Irina - Thank you for an Excellent vacation, your hospitality and help was the best. I enjoyed my stay with you and hope to see you in the future !:)))