I spent the second night in Kiev at the InterContinental - it was supposed to be a one night trip, and the advance purchase price was not far off what I pay to stay at the Radisson Blu, so I figured why not! This brand is normally over my budget, but once in a while doesn't hurt.
Check-in was easy enough. I chose not to leave a credit card deposit but pay as I went. This meant that checking out was incredibly easy: I just dropped off my cardkey and went. Internet was included, as were the contents of the mini-bar, which I thought was a nice touch (it had just soft drinks, but that's fine by me). My room was had nice furniture, high ceilings and a very comfortable bed.
I decided to eat in the lobby lounge as I was travelling solo, and it was bitterly cold. One soft drink, a hot chocolate and a caesar salad came to almost £50, which I should have been prepared for given Kiev prices, but it seemed extraordinarily expensive. The hotel is located in the city centre, so there are pleasant walks, and I breakfasted in a nearby cafe.
If a smoker, there is one gas chamber on the second floor, which is pretty vile (not quite chipped formica tables but not far off) or it's outside in the cold. I will knock the habit on the head one of these days!
For the price, it would be nice if the staff broke into a smile occasionally. They were perfectly pleasant on reception, but staff in the lobby lounge seemed to have a perpetual sneer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the very heart of ancient Kiev and next to three main Ukrainian orthodox churches—St. Sophia, St. Michael and St. Andrew—the location of the InterContinental Kiev is truly unique. Built to match its historical surroundings, the hotel’s traditional style is grand and elegant. Business travellers will appreciate our proximity to corporate entities, government agencies and embassies. When it’s time for leisure, a wealth of shopping, historical and cultural sights are nearby including the Opera House, Khreschatyk (Kiev Main Street) and the Museum of Eastern and Western Art. Spread across 11 floors on the Dnipro River and City Wings, 272 rooms including 7 suites offer you pure relaxation in traditional surroundings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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