I had a very uncomfortable experience here. The owner was initially very nice and offered to help plan my trip, and wasn’t very pushy, and it was all good. He later convinced me to give him 5k and then another 5k to buy booze so that his wife wouldn’t find out. He was clearly on a bit of a bender. He told me he would take the money he borrowed from me out of the price of the tour he said he would personally take me on.
Sorry that’s super freaking unprofessional and unethical. I left the hostel without really telling the owners and left my key in my room.
At first it may be hard to locate this hostel, it seems Mongolians don't number their houses. However, I recognised the red building from the photos and the minute our car stopped Yuna and Gan were at the gate giving us such a warm welcome.
We only had a short time and Gan made sure to arrange a short tour for us, based on what we wanted to see and what he recommended. His son, Miji was our guide and driver, who by the end of our trip became very good friends. Our 4 day tour was to central Mongolia and every night we stayed with a different nomadic family who were nothing short of hospitable and warm as Gan and Yuna are. I had absent-mindedly forgotten my iphone cable at the first family stay, and Miji made a stop on our drive back to UB so I could get it which I am very so grateful for. Miji was very accommodating to us whenever we wanted to stop midway to take pictures.
We had such a fantastic beautiful experience that it did not even feel like 4 days, felt like longer. Gan, Yuna and Miji took good care of us when we got back to the hostel where we stayed one more night before flying back home. They treat you like family and this by far trumps everything.
The rooms are basic but very clean. I'm not fussy either. We first stayed in a 3 bed private room and then a 2 bed private room on our last night. The beds are firm but in comparison to the beds we slept on in the gers, this was a luxury. There are enough power sockets to charge your phones and cameras, something so important for me, a tech savvy city dweller. You get warm showers and yummy eggs and toast breakfast cooked by Yuna in the morning.
The location is in a quiet neighbourhood. Everything is within walking distance in Ulaanbaatar. The Gandan Monastery is a five minute walk away, the State Department Store is about fifteen minutes. I had no problems finding my way around solo when my friend decided to stay in, but then I have a good sense of direction and I like exploring.
I would definitely stay here again. Already planning to come back to Mongolia with more friends next summer and do a longer tour. Mongolia isn't just about the beautiful scenery but more so about its people. Everyone we met during our stay have been very very kind, you just have to be nice too. A wonderful experience to remember and many more experiences to come!!
This guesthouse is really basic, but I got the best possible service here. The owners Gan and Oyuna were really friendly and helpful, and they just filled my every need, was it an umbrella, a cd-player in my room, a map of the city or information where to look if I needed something. Gan came along with me and showed places in Ulaanbaatar literally.
He is an expert when it comes to arranging trips to the countryside, long or short - no matter. He was happy to borrow me any stuff I needed. Oyuna let me use her kitchen and she also borrowed all missing cooking equipment I needed when I was heading to the Gobi.
This place seems to be evolving. When I arrived there was just hard beds in the room and I had to use my sleeping bag, but after the 2 weeks tour there was soft blankets in the same room. All basic things here work ok, but don't expect any luxury tho.