An international competition took a group of us to Kiev in September 2011. (For Part 2 of our Ukraine Experience seek out Alushta and Wellness Spa Hotel More). I researched for the hotel nearest to the competition venue and, coupled with the fact that it was the hotel for the event officials, landed on Lybid Hotel. Well situated, but not city centre. Near to public transport (Metro, buses & trams), restaurants and supermarkets. Staff were fairly fluent in English, and overall helpful and friendly with the exception of the cashier at their Bureau de Change who was very grumpy when a large group descended and asked for local currency (a down side to Ukraine is that one cannot buy local currency prior to travelling and it has to be changed back - or lose it - before returning from whence one came).
The hotel was basic but clean, the food plentiful and quite varied and definitely 'fit for purpose' for our group's needs. At short notice we booked an evening event taking over the restaurant, a complete success only made possible by the flexibility of the restaurant manager and staff.
In the basement of the hotel is a 24/7 Night Club which attracts a less desirable clientele - the 'ladies' sitting in the hotel bar waiting to pounce on unsuspecting, or perhaps suspecting, men. It appeared to be an acceptable practice wherever we went!
Were I to go Kiev again and not tied to a specific area, I would probably opt to be more central and perhaps pay a bit more money.
For those of you heading for the football events in 2012 - its a cheap, clean, value for money hotel - but remember to research where the games will be along with transportation in and around Kiev before deciding where to stay.
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