This boutique hotel is just a stone’s throw from Andryivskyi Uzviz, Kiev’s most famous and beautiful street. It combines luxury with a simple, down-to-earth hospitality, and an artistic atmosphere epitomized by renowned Ukrainian artist Pavel Makov’s etchings adorning the walls of the restaurants. There are 26 rooms, all with unique decoration, which creates an intimate atmosphere. Despite its small size, Vozdvyzhensky Hotel has all the convenience travelers expect from a modern hotel: Wi-Fi, TV, air conditioning, and a high-end restaurant and café.
As the second part of its name implies, this hotelmarkets itself as a cultural and artistic space. Its modern design is a breath of fresh air in a city full of hotels that have barely changed since the Soviet era. What’s particularly notable is its location on Venetian, the island opposite the Perchersk neighborhood. Guests can enjoy great views, not only of the river, but also of the city – make sure to take in the Lavra and its park.
Those who want the luxury of a prestigious chain with the personality of a boutique hotel should book a room at 11 Mirrors. Right in the center of Kiev, near the medieval Golden Gate, it exudes old-fashioned grandeur that it somehow effortlessly fuses with a strong sense of style and top-notch service. Its 49 rooms on 11 floors are elegantly minimalist, with large bay windows and mirrors giving them a contemporary edge. 11 Mirrors offers all the service expected of a high-end hotel: 24 hours concierge, 24 hours room service, Internet, air conditioning, safes, LCD TV, and a high-quality restaurant.
This four-star hotel in the historical Podil neighborhood (Podol in Russian, hence the name) is a very renowned hotels in Kiev. The beautiful building and impeccable service give credence to the hotel’s declaration of values: hospitality, beauty, and comfort. The 57 rooms are simply divided into standard (single, double, twin), executive (idem), a junior suite, and the three superior quality suites of the ‘exclusive’ floor, ranging from 31 to 80 square meters and with exquisite views. The interiors are comparable to similar hotels in Western Europe, and the central location is ideal for sightseeing.
Gintama offers simple but comfortable and well-run service in the center of Kiev, a few minutes’ walk from Saint Michael’s Church. Its four-star rating is well-deserved: for high quality and coziness in the city center at affordable prices, Gintama can’t be topped.
Although it’s not in the city center, Cosmopolite is extremely popular with travelers. It even received Tripadvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Award in 2015 and a Ukrainian Hospitality Award for best design hotel in 2014. What stands out is the modern design, especially the striking exterior: it’s a huge glassy building with dashes of red, yellow, white, and red strewn about the façade. The interior is similarly contemporary, with modern furniture, tiled floors, and contemporary art.
This small hotel, opened 5 years ago, is located in Sovki, a quiet, green neighborhood famous for its beautiful park. It’s a little far from the center but there is a metro station nearby, and it’s a good way to discover new parts of the city. Oselya is imbued with the history and taste of its owners, a family who has been living in the area for seven generations: room decorations include their own books and travel souvenirs. The private garden is a lovely place to walk around to escape the intense agitation of the city.
Sezoni SPAis not in Kiev proper but can be reached using public transportation or a taxi (very inexpensive in Ukraine). It is the perfect place to relax away from the stress of the big city. As it name implies, it is not only a hotel but also a spa, including saunas, a swimming pool with jacuzzi, and a salt cave. With 34 rooms only, it’s a very small hotel, making it all the more intimate.
Love Art Nouveau? Then head to Staro, a luxury hotel in Podil with an exquisite Art Nouveau décor in every room. It’s like living in a work of art. But despite its early 20th-century atmosphere, Staro has all the modern amenities a guest could want: each room has air conditioning, a safe, a flat-screen TV, mini-bar, private bath with shower and tub, a hair dryer and a daily supply of bottle water (tap water isn’t drinkable in Kiev). In addition, there is 24 hours room service and concierge service.
Tucked away in a small building near the famous Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square), Bontiak is a comfortable four-star ‘mini-hotel’ with friendly staff and spacious room, all beautifully designed in a modern style. It’s also the ideal starting point for sightseeing, being only about 100 meters from Saint Sophia’s Cathedral and the Golden Gate.