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Yalta Intourist Hotel
Ranked #5 of 21 Hotels in Yalta
Reviewed 27 June 2014

We stayed here in a deluxe room that was just fantastic. It is a big room with a large balcony overlooking all of Yalta. Spectacular views!
It is a good 15-20 minute walk to 'downtown' but a pleasant one through beautiful streets and markets along the water.
We would recommend Hotel Yalta but probably stay more central next time.

Room Tip: The Deluxe rooms are great.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

Pros: if you are looking for a resort vacation, this place is great, especially if you want to stay on resort.

Beautiful resort, nicely updated from the Soviet days. Rooms have varying designs, decor styles, and oddly, quite varying bathroom fixtures (no problems with my bathroom, it was lovely, but my parents shower leaked water on the floor, and had poor lighting).

Nice big buffet, lots of choice, but get there early as it gets very busy, or try to head to the back corner (which most people don't see, and it has all the same food on offer there two).

Cons:
If you are wanting to head into the centre or near the promenade once a day (or perhaps more), this place is not worth the crazy traffic (Yalta got rid of its stop lights, supposedly to aid traffic flow...) and twisty, hilly roads to get between the centre and the hotel.

If you are staying over a weekend, you most likely will not be told at check in that a restaurant (unclear if it is the hotels restaurant, or not, as I was told conflicting stories by the front desk staff) nearby (level with fourth floor rooms) turns into a club.
If you are a clubber, no problem. But still, the hotel staff should advise guests in odd-numbered rooms, especially those on low floors, of this detail in advance, so they can be moved if possible. I phoned down to the front desk to find out what could be done, one person hung up on me, one understood the problem, but apparently could note do anything. As well, I was not prepared to move at that hour, I wanted to sleep, as I was unwell.

Staff should be trained better to check into whether the room is appropriate for the customer, and offer options if not.

Bed was hard as a rock.

I would stay somewhere much more central next time.

Room Tip: Rooms on odd numbered side face a restaurant, which turns into a club on Friday and Saturday nights...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

We were very impressed with most aspects of this hotel. A glorious position, a very slick check-in, an excellent and modern room, a first class buffet dinner and a generous breakfast in the impressive restaurant. The only real drawback is the amount of noise (very late night and very early morning) from other guests using the outdoor facilities. We would happily stay here again.

Room Tip: Try to get a fully-modernised room. Some rooms have been completely brought up to current standards...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

Pulling up to the Intourist it is definitely an enormous building, but oddly has a whole games arcade outside the lobby and pleasant cafe. The lobby is breathtaking if you are expecting something Soviet, vast plains of marble, quirky lights and lit panels and a very modern bar/lounge area. Not much they can do about the pokey rooms and beds sadly (although the "superior" ones have a few nice nods like better fabrics and working blinds. The upper dining area boasts nice views, but again has the old pall of its original layout. Breakfast in the downstairs restaurant is a very Soviet scrum in a vast dining hall, but there is some nice seating outdoors and there is certainly plenty to eat. The quirk part is the location on a cliff a bit removed from the main tourist center by a residential neighborhood. Depending upon your mobility and sense of fun this can be an advantage: there is a rather odd metro like set of lifts and a tunnel to the beach, and the walk through the neighborhoods into town is not that long and actually quite pleasant. There is nothing to be done about the rather narrow and crowded rock beach, it is what it is and the water is pleasant and there are plenty of restaurants along the sea side walk all the way into town in fact. Just don't forget to bring down a towel as none are provided by the beach and it is a long way back up through the metro to the room.

Room Tip: "city view" actually is the beach view. The other side faces a hill!
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

Room was after repairing and was clean, good service, breakfast everyday the same. Swimming pool with sea water. Beach very far. This is my second time in this hotel. Reception staff are very polite and nice. Near the beach there is very nice caffe "Divan" price not high, good service, good food.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 July 2013

The hotel is one of the first choice in Yalta for middle/upper-class Ukrainians. So when choosing a hotel in Yalta I went in Yalta Intourist mainly for this reason. I wasn't disappointed at all. Au contraire, I was definitely well satisfied. The building is a typical soviet style one, and it is put in such a way that allows the vast majority of the rooms to be sea-viewed. At the check-in I was amazed by the difference of the two styles in the main hall: the reception desk which is totally soviet-style (and by god's sake, just renew it!) and the side where the bar is, which is absolutely brand new. After the check-in they gave us at first an "old-style" room, totally not renovated, that looked almost like post-soviet student's home rooms. I went back to the desk and convinced them to give me a brand new. I had the impression that if I wasn't russian speaking, they wouldn't nevere evere changed me the room. Anyway the new room was quite satisfiyng, the furniture was new-ish, and the bathroom was halfway soviet, but I didn't care that much as I was astonished by the view (right side of the building when facing the sea), so I spent like one hour sitting on the balcony relaxing. The cleaning is ok, but they do it only once per day. The staff is actually very friendly, comparing to the Ukrainian standard. The breakfast is top-notch, super. A wide american-ish buffet, with almost everything. I remember the first days I could hardly walk after the breakfast. The quality level is higher than in the average 4 or 5 star in Kiev. The beach can be reached by walking AND taking a lift crossing corridors carved in stone. The "beach club" has a lot of small tiny tavernas and umbrellas + sun beds are in the total availabilty of guests. I'd give a "B" to the beach side. The hotel is nested into a nice green territory with lots of gardens. In the hotel there's at least 6-7 restaurants, shops and a travel agency + a restaurant on the top floor "Ai Petri" with a breathtaking view over Yalta and surroundings. The hotel has a very good moneyvalue, and it is actually worth every cent. Just be careful to the old style rooms and check if during your future staying there will be held conventions. Considering the size of the hotel, a convention means actually even up to five hundred people. During my stay there was a conventions of members of an international association based in Turkey, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kirgizistan. I've got nothing against those people, but they were way too much and way too... challenging in the buffet... If I'd go to Yalta once more I'd consider of course to come back here.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 June 2013

Great architectural masterpiece. But some updated details are poor (plastic doors/windows, ugly signs and art decors), and demonstrates incomprehension and disrespect to the great heritage, unfortunately.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Yalta Intourist Hotel

Address: Drazhinskogo St., 50, Yalta 298600
Region: Crimea > Yalta Municipality > Yalta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Yalta
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Yalta
#3 Spa Hotel in Yalta
Price Range: £35 - £238 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Yalta Intourist Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 1186
Also Known As:
Yalta Hotel

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