The hotel is one of the first choice in Yalta for middle/upper-class Ukrainians. So when choosing a hotel in Yalta I went in Yalta Intourist mainly for this reason. I wasn't disappointed at all. Au contraire, I was definitely well satisfied. The building is a typical soviet style one, and it is put in such a way that allows the vast majority of the rooms to be sea-viewed. At the check-in I was amazed by the difference of the two styles in the main hall: the reception desk which is totally soviet-style (and by god's sake, just renew it!) and the side where the bar is, which is absolutely brand new. After the check-in they gave us at first an "old-style" room, totally not renovated, that looked almost like post-soviet student's home rooms. I went back to the desk and convinced them to give me a brand new. I had the impression that if I wasn't russian speaking, they wouldn't nevere evere changed me the room. Anyway the new room was quite satisfiyng, the furniture was new-ish, and the bathroom was halfway soviet, but I didn't care that much as I was astonished by the view (right side of the building when facing the sea), so I spent like one hour sitting on the balcony relaxing. The cleaning is ok, but they do it only once per day. The staff is actually very friendly, comparing to the Ukrainian standard. The breakfast is top-notch, super. A wide american-ish buffet, with almost everything. I remember the first days I could hardly walk after the breakfast. The quality level is higher than in the average 4 or 5 star in Kiev. The beach can be reached by walking AND taking a lift crossing corridors carved in stone. The "beach club" has a lot of small tiny tavernas and umbrellas + sun beds are in the total availabilty of guests. I'd give a "B" to the beach side. The hotel is nested into a nice green territory with lots of gardens. In the hotel there's at least 6-7 restaurants, shops and a travel agency + a restaurant on the top floor "Ai Petri" with a breathtaking view over Yalta and surroundings. The hotel has a very good moneyvalue, and it is actually worth every cent. Just be careful to the old style rooms and check if during your future staying there will be held conventions. Considering the size of the hotel, a convention means actually even up to five hundred people. During my stay there was a conventions of members of an international association based in Turkey, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kirgizistan. I've got nothing against those people, but they were way too much and way too... challenging in the buffet... If I'd go to Yalta once more I'd consider of course to come back here.
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