Kiev, the capital and largest city of Ukraine, is one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe. The city effortlessly mixes in the old with the new – bountiful amounts of old buildings, with many of the buildings built during 1907–1914 nicely preserved, complimented by a modern side to the city ushered in through post-war independence from the Soviet Union.
Western-style residential complexes sit side-by-side with Andriyivskyy Descent, a historic place and a major tourist attraction, home to notable landmarks such as the Castle of Richard the Lionheart and the 18th century baroque Saint Andrew’s Church.
Culture-wise the city is rather dynamic: cheap opera tickets are made available to you and there’s also plenty of scrumptious food in reasonably-priced restaurants for you to visit to grab something to eat; just to give an idea – a trip to the opera will come to you at a fraction of prices in London.
Places to Stay – Luxury Hotels in Kiev
Hyatt Regency Kiev
Hyatt Regency is located in the heart of Kiev. The exterior of the hotel is contemporary in design but the interior takes a leaf out of the city’s abundant Soviet charm. Facilities include a fitness centre, swimming pool and a spa naturel. The rooms are air-conditioned and all come with a flat-screen TV, a minibar and a marble bath with heated floors. In terms of design, contemporary décor compliments a warm colour palette, dark wood, parquet flooring and leather furnishings in the rooms. Tourists will be also pleased to know that multilingual staff and translation services are at hand in the hotel. Prices start at €232.00 per night.
Opera Hotel Kiev
Opera Hotel is ideally located in the heart of Kiev. The boutique hotel offers elegant rooms with antique furniture and satellite TV. Facilities include a spa, beauty salon and a gym. The rooms come equipped with free Wi-Fi and a minibar, and are decorated in a warm natural palette, complimented by champagne-coloured woods. Multilingual staff, laundry facilities and currency exchange services are also available. The Russian, Italian and French Suite are all adorned with décors of famous opera compositions from each country, while the Egyptian, American, Moroccan and Japanese suites all evoke the culture of each respective country. Prices start at €152.00 per night.
Premier Palace Hotel
The Premier Palace Hotel dates from before the Communist revolution, at the beginning of the 20th century. Located in the heart of downtown Kiev, one of the city’s architectural heritage sites, fine marble and brocaded upholstery opulently adorn the hotel. The rooms are classic in style but still richly decorated, much in tune with Ukrainian culture. They come with free Wi-Fi, an independent heating and air-conditioned system, a minibar, free Wi-Fi and a marble bath with heated floors. Prices start at €203.00 per night.