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“Soviet Style Revisited”
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Ligena Hotel
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Boryspil
Reviewed 6 September 2013

If you're suffering from nostalgia for Soviet style interior and service, this is the place.

Everything, starting from room interior to breakfast hark back to Soviet times. My room was dubbed "junior suite", however it was a bleak double.

The hotel advertises that it is only some 3 km from the airport. In fact, the driving distance is twice as much.

Room Tip: Ask for a full suite, nothing less.
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

I found this hotel on the internet while searching for an accommodation close to Borispol airport to stay for the same night, having missed my flight. I booked through hotels.com website while still at the airport, and when I arrived in the hotel after an hour, they were aware of my booking! That was a real gamble in Ukraine conditions, but worked pretty well.

Ligena is a lovely hotel in the suburbs of Kiev, 10-15 min. drive to the airport. I also discovered that they have a free shuttle service to and from the airport. There’s not much around it for the regular tourist. It is situated in a calm green area, has seating places in the garden. The hotel seems to be mainly catering for Ukrainian and Russian-speaking folks. Fortunately at least one staff in the reception and in the restaurant speaks English, otherwise communicating could be a bit difficult. I have not tried the pool, fitness centre or sauna.

Rooms are large, clean, and generally in good order except having some old and broken stuff (head lamp, hangers in the closet). There’s an AC and TV, but the only English channel is euronews. Breakfast and dinner are served in the small bar/restaurant on the ground floor. Dinner was somehow included in the price category that I booked, although it took me some time to understand that! You are given a dinner voucher at the reception, and you can order from a short list of soups/salads/ main courses/deserts in the restaurant with that. Coffee/tea is included in the dinner ‘package’, but water and other drinks are paid additionally.

At 65 $/night, Hotel Ligena is convenient when you want to stay close to the airport. Like in many other hotels in Ukraine, it partly provides the usual services expected in Europe, but some services and mentality continue to remain very ‘Soviet style’, so it may be an interesting experience for people out of the region.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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2  Thank Oya A
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

The Hotel is clean, the rooms are big and everyone at Reception is helpful and very efficient. The Restaurant serves a variety of good Ukrainian Food , which does have an English version on the back of the Menu. The Transport was efficient and free even though I had to leave at 3.50am. Sadly I did not ask for transport to meet me and was well and truly ripped off by a taxi on my arrival, so asking for transport to meet you is vital.

Had it not been for the thin walls which I had the displeasure to meet up with on my return visit, when the people next to me were having a very noisy party indeed, which made sleep impossible, I would have given this Hotel a much better rating. Considering the cost of the place, I think thatr it is very good value indeed

Room Tip: Room 202 has a very nice Bay Window, making the room larger
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 2 April 2013

This place that is positioned as an "airport hotel" has some rarities for those type of hotels: there is only one person speaking a bit of English. Don't try to understand or be understood by the rest of the staff, it is an impossible mission. May be the place is clean but the crappy selection of materials, fabrics and lights makes it look anything but clean. It has a cheap and old fashioned look. There is a strong chlorine smell in the common areas. In the restaurant they don't have a menu in English (the had to call the English speaking person of the staff to translate some plates for us) and they don't accepts credit cards which I found very strange as most of their clients are transfer passengers spending just one night like us. The thickness of the rooms wall is anything but thick. The bathroom seems to come from ages ago. Wifi is only free at the ground level. Shuttle to the airport is only free when they pick you up at the terminal but you have to pay for the trip back to the airport. I am sure there must be better options when you have to be for just one night next to Boryspil airport. I would never recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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5  Thank LuisEchanove
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Reviewed 3 February 2013

I only booked this hotel as it was close to the airport as i had to catch a early flight in the morning.

The hotel as a free transfer bus, that takes you and from the airport. I think it used mostly by airline staff. While i was there saw a lot of pilots staying there.

The rooms was spacious clean. I only had breakfast, but it was ok.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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1  Thank Ty Y
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Reviewed 21 January 2013

The Hotel is very clean and well looked after, and has twice been our pick for a hotel before early flights from Boryspil. As with most things in Ukraine an understanding of Russian is most definately a benefit, but I have had basic conversations with staff, and organised transport etc. The in-house restaurant offers decent enough Ukrainian fare, but nothing special and the onsite restaurant serves fantastic Sashlik, although the staff could do with a shift kick to get them moving sometimes. The room is clean and presentable, but I would recommend the Junior Suite, almost twice the size as the regular rooms, well worth the extra 110 grn. Looking forward to seeing the place in the summer to see how the garden BBQ's and gazebo's look.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Wraggy27
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Reviewed 14 January 2013

My partner stayed in this hotel in summer 2012 and was completely satisfied.
Although I've never stayed in thid hotel myself.
The hotel has good pool and nice territory. The Restaurant suggests tasty Ukrainian food.
On the territory of the hotel there is a small lake with the birds.
To summarize - if the traveller needs to spend one night in Boryspil due to the connection flight, this hotel is a very good sollution.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled on business
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2  Thank Andrew K
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Additional Information about Ligena Hotel

Address: Gorkogo Street 53, Boryspil 08300, Ukraine
Region: Ukraine > Kiev Oblast > Boryspil
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Boryspil
Price Range: £16 - £29 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ligena Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 73
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"Ligena” offers a full range of services for you and your customers.1. Guarantee of safety- guarded area of the hotel complex;- parking, service station and car wash;- baggage room; - safe available, with the individual cell.2. Service- hotel consists of 74 rooms (148 beds)- rooms have air conditioning, satellite TV, a dedicated channel with an access to the Internet, as well as WiFi.- on the ground floor there is a restaurant (40 seats)- Ukrainian cuisine restaurant with a national flavor "Smereka" (80 seats)- conference room with all necessary conference facilities;- 24-hour reception service;- services of a qualified doctor and masseur;- Finnish sauna;- Russian bath with honey massage;- gym;- swimming pool with Jacuzzi and relaxation area;- hairdresser;- laundry;- a mini-football;- picturesque lake where you can enjoy fishing, and skilled chefs will cook your catch;- excursions3. Transport service:- hotel offers car brands: «Mercedes-Sprinter», «Mercedes-Vito», «IVEKO»;- transfer 24-hours, direction Airport -Hotel, as well as to any place in Kyiv;- distance: – Airport – 7km; Kyiv – 16km ... more   less 
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