I stayed in the Kozatskiy from the 7th to 12th June this year, having booked via the internet (a painless process). As this was my first visit to Kiev, I had little idea of what to expect from the hotel. I chose it for its location - "Independence Street" is very conveniently located in the centre of the city, with the main street (Kreshchatik) less than five minutes' walk away. Interestingly, Kreshchatik Street is closed to traffic at the weekend and becomes one vast pedestrian precinct. At other times the locals seem to use it as something akin to a racetrack!
I stayed with a friend in Kiev and the total cost for the two rooms (we had what are described as single standards) was 468 GBP bed and breakfast. The rooms were fairly basic, but comfortable and clean, and contrary to one other reviewer's experience I had no problems with the wi-fi. There was a good selection of fare on offer for breakfast, and although I doubt it would win any culinary awards, I found it tasty and more than adequate. The staff were friendly and helpful and English was no problem. I must single out the hotel's handyman/janitor, who repaired my friend's pushchair after it collapsed on the main street one evening whilst laden with shopping and its 11-month-old occupant (a few locals came to my aid as well at the scene of the disaster).
Having not experienced its more expensive rooms, I am not going to comment on the hotel's overall standards of luxury, but the single standards are more than adequate for a visit to the city (mine even had a small balcony).
If your expectations are not over the top and you are visiting Kiev on a fairly tight budget, you could do a lot worse than this hotel. Ideally placed in the centre of Kiev, the Kozatskiy makes a decent base from which to explore the city.
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