I have visited the Riviera Hotel on many occasions over the past few years since it opened. It quickly became our hotel of choice when doing business in Kiev. That might be statement enough to say the hotel meets our needs while travelling on business.
The staff are always courteous and efficient in providing a good service. Check in & check out are always easy and they are happy to help in organising airport collections, taxis, forgotten shaving kits and in other such situations! They also provide a few additional touches that going beyond the normal. I recall on one visit receiving a gift because it was my birthday during my stay. Nice touch.
I can recommend the airport pick up service arranged through the hotel. The cars are clean and well driven. The drivers often speak very good English and are happy to converse if you are. Although, sometimes I do use the 30-40 minute drive in from the airport to catch up on some sleep!
The rooms at Riviera are very comfortable and well equipped. I have been fortunate to be upgraded to a larger room on one or two stays. This is of course fantastic and helps the stay from home to be more pleasurable. The photos attached to this review are of one such larger room.
The hotel is fitted to a high standard but keeps a relaxing atmosphere. It should be noted that Riviera is a small (ish) hotel compared to others at its class in the city. This adds to its charm. Consequently, the facilities are not too large but sufficient enough. The bar area is a good space to relax and have a bear after a busy day. Occasionally if there is a function on in the hotel, the bar will be designated to delegates. But, other facilities are available to guests. The dining room and veranda are also very comfortable. There is also a roof-top restaurant/bar but, I rarely visit it. It does have very good views and I imagine is a good place to relax in the warmer evenings. (My visit to Kiev in February 2012 was concurrent with -20C temperatures!).
There is a good food menu with a mix of local cuisines and European favourites. The food is cooked, presented and served to a high standard. I always happy to eat there when I have time! I would recommend try some of the look specialities, I especially enjoy the Deruny (potato pancakes) and Vareniki (filled pasta similar to Ravioli).
The lobby area has a small but comfortable sitting area and this is often used by me and others for informal and relaxed meetings. The dining room and bar veranda also provide suitable areas for business discussions.
The hotel is situated within the Podol district of Kiev, it is therefore close to the Dnieper river. My impression is that this area of the city is growing in popularity to several new restaurants opening and a large luxury hotel opening just round the corner. If you don’t want to eat in the hotel, there are a lot of good choices for food within walking distance. On my last visit, I ate at Oliva – a lively Italian restaurant, 2 blocks down from the hotel.
The hotel is well connected by some of the cities main roads. But, my experience of Kiev traffic is that it is nearly always bad and the junction on which the Hotel Riviera is situated often appears to be a bottle neck around rush hour. This can be frustrating when getting to or returning from meetings – so take this into account. Getting around the city outside of rush hour is very easy and straight forward. The hotel is also adjacent to the funicular railway which for a small fee allows you to skip the corner of the busy road system and climb directly up to the Foreign Ministry and Mihailovsky Monastery.
Overall, always very pleased to stay at Hotel Riviera.
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