The Most Historic Hotels in Ukraine
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If you’re the kind of person who scrupulously approaches hotel choices, you’ll definitely be delighted with this list. Most of these hotels have striking histories, unusual locations and exquisite interiors. Honoré de Balzac, Anton Chekhov, Paulo Coelho and Jean-Claude Van Damme stayed in rooms in these hotels. Thus, if you can afford it, don’t miss a chance to book a suite that will stay in your memory forever.
Premier Palace is the hotel where the destiny of Ukraine was decided. It was here that military leader Pavlo Skoropadskyi signed a document on the abdication of power in 1918. In the memory of these events, the hotel designed a thematic suite called Het’man (a military commander). In addition, it was a favourite place to stay for Russian singer Vladimir Vysotsky, in whose honour another room was named. It has also been visited by contemporary celebrities like Steven Spielberg, Ornella Muti, Sophia Loren and others.
This 5-star hotel has witnessed many events from Ukraine’s history, as it is the only nineteenth century fortification in the country that has been preserved in its initial appearance. In the beginning, it consisted of six towers, four of which were ruined during the war. Today, one of the two remaining towers is the location of the inspiring Citadel Inn. Having booked a room in it, you’ll get acquainted with Lviv from the unusual perspective of Austrian imperial luxury. Bring your camera, the views are fascinating.
George Hotel is a legendary place to stay in. The first mention of it dates back to 1793 when the talented Viennese architects constructed this Neo-Renaissance building. It used to be the main venue for local and foreign aristocrats, who gathered for carnivals, night life, performances and other entertainment. The famous writers Honoré de Balzac and Jean-Paul Sartre, as well as German composer Johannes Brahms and Ukrainian prominent figure Ivan Franko stayed here. Currently, the hotel offers 80 rooms, including one designed in the retro style named in honour of Honoré de Balzac, who stayed in it.
Leopolis is Lviv’s architectural monument, the first mention of which traces back to the eighteenth century. It used to be a boutique of antiques, a jewelry shop and a favourite local bookstore. Since that time, it has undergone many reconstructions, but, most importantly, the Renaissance-style exterior has remained preserved. Nowadays, it is an exquisite hotel with more than 70 rooms located within walking distance from the main attractions of Lviv: Jesuit cathedral, Lviv City Hall, Market Square and much more.
The building where the Bristol Hotel resides was constructed at the turn of the twentieth century. The hotel borrowed its name from the luxurious Viennese venue. Being a Renaissance and Baroque monument, it looks ‘sweet’ and cosy, although some locals call it a marshmallow. The hotel is considered to be one of the best and most expensive in Ukraine because of its excellent service. Russian writer Ivan Bunin, American novelist Theodore Dreiser and even American billionaire Armand Hammer stayed here.
Frederic Koklen Boutique Hotel
This nineteenth-century, exquisite, boutique hotel is an architectural pearl of Odessa. Its façade is decorated with a stucco-moulded, Gallic rooster – a symbol of the ancient French family of Koklen. Thus, it comes as no surprise that it was and still is a gathering place for all of Odessa’s elite. The 17 luxury suites are designed in different styles and made from the most expensive materials: expensive woods, marble, natural stone and leather welcome artists and businessmen from all over the world.
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Londonskaya has hosted a large number of prominent people like Russian writer Anton Chekhov, novelist Paulo Coelho, opera singers Feodor Chaliapin and Montserrat Caballé, Scottish novelist Robert Louis Stevenson, Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni, prominent ballet dancer Maya Plisetskaya and actor Jean-Claude Van Damme. All stayed in the hotel at one time or another. Londonskaya attracts guests with its comfort, aristocracy and pure splendor. Constructed in 1846, its structure reflects Italian Renaissance architecture.
These recommendations were updated on July 26, 2018 to keep your travel plans fresh.