my wife and I recently returned to London after spending 4 full days in L'Viv, a beautiful Ukranian city.
Firstly, we flew to Krakow, Poland and then caught a train (we had a 2 person sleeper cabin) on the polrail service leaving at 1pm and arriving into Lviv at a touch over midnight. We paid approximately €150 for the both of us which I thought was good value.
We stayed at the George Hotel (room 25) and they arranged for a driver to pick us up from the train station which cost 100H. The George Hotel is a beautifully maintained traditional eastern european hotel and the staff are very friendly and helpful. We had a room which faced the road and cost 720H per night. It was our anniversary and they suprised us with a bottle of champagne which was much appreciated. The Hotel is very central and the breakfast was nice.
My wife and I arranged for a tour guide to show us around Lviv for a few hours which gave us a great background on this historic city. We also arranged for the tour guide to take us for a drive on the Sunday and we visitied a Monastery (awe inspiring..) and Castle, we were picked up at 8am and returned at 4pm - cost 1200H. I cannot remember the names of the Monastery and Castle but I have emailed the guide and will share once I receive.
My personal highlight was watching a performance at the Opera House which I am led to believe is the 3rd most beautiful in Europe - i'd certainly like to see what the 1st and 2nd are because they must be 'out of this world'. We watched a performance commemorating the 1930's famine. The Opera House is a 5 minute walk from the George Hotel.
There are a good range of restaurants and we particularly enjoyed Kryjivka (themed restaurant, average food - try the honey vodka), Freemasons (same as Kryjivka) and Kumpel (Brewery & Restaurant). The local Lviv brew is very nice, have a try... Ukranian food is quite nice, Borsch is my favourite, with lots of dumpling, potatoe and meat dishes. Ukranians also love their sour cream which was no issue with me!
The Lviv Chocolate Factory is as good as you will get any where in the world, we visited the place atleast 3 times.. there is both a cafe and shop full of chocolate.
Just when you think you have seen all of Lviv you discover a new and interesting part... the city has a definite european feel to it.
All in all, we had a brilliant time in Lviv.. If you are thinking of going, I would highly recommend. I suspect that post Euro 2012, Lviv tourism will sky rocket even further than what it has in the past 5 years.
If anybody wants the details of the tour guide, please PM me and I will be happy to share and recommend.