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“Get past the front door...and you'll love it” 4 of 5 stars
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Sunflower B&B Hotel
Kostelnaya 9 - 41, Kiev 01001, Ukraine   |  
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Ranked #19 of 114 Hotels in Kiev
Certificate of Excellence 2014
London, England
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“Get past the front door...and you'll love it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

Sunflower B&B is brilliantly located for all the key sites in central Kiev and close to the Metro for getting to some of the things you will want to see further afield.
All the stuff are endlessly helpful, producing tea on request, giving you directions and suggestions, generally being your friend in Kiev.
The rooms aren't huge - but this is central Kiev so its forgivable, and the bathrooms are nice, and our room had a little balcony for sitting out.
No restaurant or breakfast room so breakfast is delivered to your room at a time you request on a little hostess trolley. And there is some variety each day.
What's not to like, well you have to overcome the courtyard you have to cross to get to the entrance, the rather forbidding shared front door where you press the bell and they open the door remotely, and the rather steep and narrow stairs to 'reception' on the first floor. A bummer with heavy luggage but help is available if needed.
Get beyond that, and its fine. And good value for central Kiev - but don't take that to mean cheap.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Ithaca, New York
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48 reviews 48 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

Confortable, great and friendly staff, very well located, nice breakfast!
What else to ask for?

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

Is it a Ukrainian custom to adjust rates overnight? I searched for medium priced accommodation for one night in a fairly central area of Kiev. This place was recommended by someone I knew on Trip Adviser. However, one night's accommodation suddenly went from 105 Euros, to 240 Euros for a single room, overnight.

This isn't exactly good business practice. I emailed the B+B, explaining we would need to cancel, since because we were only there for one night, and the new price for one night in Canadian dollars was now +$300. $300 for one night? Before EURO2012 started!? For an average B+B outside of the historic district?

However they didn't offer to change the price back or work with us. So bye bye Sunflower and hello a very well written up hotel nearby, for 95 Euro. Nazdovya!

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

With the help of "Lonely Planet" and the reviews posted on Trip Advisor, which I filter out and find reliable, we chose Sunflower as our abode for three days in Kyiv. We were not disappointed. The breakfast is not sensational but adequate. The ladies in the office were very friendly and helpful.

We had arranged an airpoirt pickup, which is essential unless one speaks Ukrainian or Russian. The driver was a bit late coming to pick us up upon departure which caused some consternation but we made our flight to Odesa.

It took a while to have an internet connection but finally it worked and was free. I had some laundry done and found it a bit dear.

All in all, Sunflower was a very pleasant place to stay while in the capital. The location is handy, the bed comfortable and bathroom OK.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oslo, Norway
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

Our stay at "Sunflower" left us with maximally positive impressions. Though the place is not a luxurious hotel, its quality goes beyond what one could expect from an average (or even more than average) B&B. The central location allows an easy access to Kiev's major attractions as well as the public transport. The rooms are exceptionally clean and equipped with all the essentials (including a free access to Wi-Fi). The service (both the reception staff and the driver transporting the guests from/to the airport) is by all means friendly. It happened twice that we were brought a kettle of green tea to our room, accompanied by two French-type cookies -- a fully complimentary treat! Last but not least, the generous breakfasts deserve a special attention. They were delivered on a wheeled table, with food nicely arranged in sunflower-decorated dishware. Eating them in the solitude of the room created a cozy feeling of being almost at home. What else can one wish for?

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

This B&B exceeded my expectations!

Location: Just off the main square, in good walking distance to most attractions, and restaurants. Easy access to public transport. Set in a little alleyway that prevents the noise from the street reaching the hotel.

People: The two staff we met were very friendly and helpful. One young girl happily organised our taxi to the airport and investiaged many attractions for us over the phone, including the Opera.

Room: Cosy and comfortable with a modern bathroom and everything you would expect from a Western B&B. Although the braodband is not Wi Fi.

Breakfast: Simple continental breakfast with cereal, toast, fruit, yoghurt, tea, and juice. Bottled water is also provided in the room at no cost.

I recommend this B&B without hesitation.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2012

When i arrived -my first trip to eastern europe- my immediate thought was: is this a hotel or a floor in a block of flats?

A Ukrainian friend told me that Kiev has a problem in that it has lots of 'stalinist' 5* hotels, but almost no good 3-4* hotels. As such, Kiev hotels are almost the same price as western european hotels. They joked that they have the most expensive (branded hotel) rooms in europe.

The Sunflower is a great backup. The staff are very friendly and speak English (very useful in a country that generally does not). The room is boiling hot and well stocked in size, furniture, extras. Once you get over the expensive nature of Kiev hotels, and the slightly weirdness of them. It's great.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kostelnaya 9 - 41, Kiev 01001, Ukraine
Location: Ukraine > Kiev
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#7 Best Value Hotel in Kiev
#22 Business Hotel in Kiev
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sunflower B&B Hotel is a charming boutique hotel located in the heart of historic Kiev. Although we are only a block away from the busy main city square, Maidan Nezalezhnosti, our location is in a quiet courtyard on a small street lined with splendid architectural treasures of the 18th and 19th centuries. This beautiful street ends with an elegant Oleksandrivska Roman-Catholic Church (Kostel), which gave the street its name "Kostelnaya".Our hotel serves business and family guests and we understand that a safe, quiet and comfortable environment is essential for a pleasant stay. At Sunflower you can count on: hospitable and cozy atmosphere services and amenities according to top international standards friendly and highly-experienced English-speaking staff stylish and sunny interior large and comfortable air-conditioned rooms, each with well-equipped and bright bathroom modern system of telecommunications and free Internet access 24-hour Front Desk and security wide range of guest services, including business, art&culture sightseeing tours, travel arrangements and tours. ... more   less 
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