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Trip List by Alexander_Radich

Accommodation in Kiev

6 Aug 2006  I hear so many stories from my guests, I want to publish an opinion
4.0 of 5 bubbles based on 8 votes

I want to provide a description of hotels, subjective yet based on my 8-years experience as a travel guide and owner of a tour company.

  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Business travellers , Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Budget travellers , Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Premier Palace Hotel

    Oh, this is one of my favorite themes. I encounter so many people every day who come to Kiev, so I formed my opinion of almost every hotel or other accommodation facility here.

    I would like to share my thoughts about 12 prominent ones. This list is my own choise, very subjective:

    Top class:
    Premier Palace
    Radisson SAS

    Business class, conference and leisure:

    Private establishments:

    Easton House
    Kiev Rent

    Top Class:
    There are only two hotels in Kiev which meet high expectations of our VIP guests. That is Premier Palace, 5 stars, and Radisson SAS, 4 stars.

    Premier Palace:
    Massive building, reconstructed from an old Soviet hotel Ukraina. Located on Tarasa Shevchenko boulevard, just one block from Bessarabska square and Kreschatik. The outside area is too crowded by traffic. Nevertheless, inside infrastructure is magnificient, the interior is splendid, everything is done in classical style, with pompous touch of opulence and grace. The rooms are richly furnished. The rooms are equipped with costly furniture, and there are many small things that add to the feeling of exclusive service. The trifle that went to my mind is the SOS cord inside the bathroom. If a guest has a heart attack in a bath, he pulls the cord, and the hotel staff saves his life.
    The price for a single room is about 400 USD a night.

  • 2. Radisson SAS

    The price range is from 280 to 500 EUR per room. All the rooms are set in three different styles â Scandinavian, Italian and marine. It is very new and probably the best for relation quality to price in the top segment. I was impressed by atmosphere in the hotel. The rooms are large and the bathrooms are very neat and clean, spacious and have very modern equipment. The amenities include nice fitness center and sauna, many conference and meeting rooms, eating facilities including Italian restaurant Mille Miglia, own multi-level parking. The hotel is locates near Golden Gate, on the Yaroslaviv Val street, with its embassies and architectural sights. Among the weaknesses we may note small lobby. The occupancy is very high, so the hotel does not sign contracts and pay commissions to small travel agencies.

  • 3. Rus

    This is one of my favorite places. Built in 1979, it was one of the main hotels in Kiev back in Soviet times, with its 20 floors and more than 400 rooms. A couple of years ago the hotel was bought by a new company that hired professionals from other countries to manage it. I think that the change proved to be very successful and new management and marketing teams are doing well to establish higher standards for this hotel. âThe Renaissance of Traditionsâ is written on the logo, and it corresponds to the atmosphere inside. There are all kinds of festivities and âtheme weeksâ going on throughout the year, i.e. âBeer festivalâ, âHarvest Homeâ, âLe Beaujolais Nouveauâ, âThe Week of Franceâ, âHollywood Dreamsâ. So the events abound. In the evenings there is a live piano music at the lobby. The place is central, near Palace of Sports. The hotel is located on top a hill, providing magnificent views over the city center. There is a convenient parking area in front of the hotel. The price range is from 115 to 220 USD per night. Now there are three hotels in the chain, Hotel Rus, Hotel Lybid and Hotel Slavutich. They are managed by a single company.

  • 4. Lybid

    Managed by the same company as Rus, so the standards have risen for last couple of years. The rooms are about the same as in the Rus hotel, but the location is much further from the center. It is on the Pobedy (Victory) square, near âUkrainaâ, the largest supermarket in Kiev, and opposite to Circus. The building reminds me Hotel Rus â many floors, Soviet-style grey faceless skyscraper.

  • 5. Slavutich

    Again the same chain. I heard that they are going to create a 4-star hotel from it, but at the moment I hardly admit 3 stars. The prices are much cheaper, but it is located on the left bank of Kiev, so it is not convenient to get to the center without own transport.

  • 6. Impressa

    I like it. The prices are 200-300 USD per night, but it is still popular among our guests. It is located just down the road from Kreschatik to Podil, near river-boat station. The hotel has honeymoon rooms, and at the weekends offers good prices for suites. There are only about 25 rooms.

  • 7. Domus

    This hotel is located at about the same area as Impressa, a little bit further to Podil. Two-storey building with decent rooms. They boast of many celebrities visiting their establishment as you can see from the pictures on the wall. The price for a single room is 160 USD.

  • 8. Gintama

    Much the same as Domus but more centrally located. Gintama has about 28 rooms on the first floor of a common apartments building on Tryohsvyatitelskaya street. Decent place, they even have a conference hall. The price for a single is 180 USD.

  • 9. Sunflower B&B Boutique Hotel

    Only 5 rooms but very cosy and stylish. This is definitely my recommendation as I know the establishment very well, I am in very good terms with its owner and top manager, and really like the place. Perfectly quiet and decently priced. The location is ideal, in a quiet courtyard on Kostyolna street, just off the Independence square. Service is high-class. The rate for a single is 90 EUR a night.

  • 10. Easton House

    I would not include apartments services if they were not so popular in Kiev, due to a lack of quality hotels. They are a real alternative for a hotel, and the companies running serviced apartments do it professionally, providing pretty much the same services as hotels do. The prices for apartments are surprisingly low; I would say 50-70% less for the same area and quality. Among these services I would recommend three.

    Easton House
    Professional staff, always available by email or phone, strong management, renovated stylish apartments in the center. This company has a strong reputation in Kiev. I definitely recommend it.

  • 11. Kiev Accommodation

    The company runs a lot of large apartments in the center. Good choice for a VIP apartments. The managers are friendly and smart.

  • 12. Kiev Rent

    As with the other services, I know the owners, so it is quite safe and wise to refer to this one, they are professionals. The range of apartments will meet anyoneâs expectations.