The last and most magnificent of the first Western business hotels to be built in Kiev after a long period of local infighting and mostly poorly refurbished Soviet hotels, the "Intercon" now has more and very serious contenders for best in Kiev. It remains my favourite however for a number of reasons: 1. The location is superb. It sits next to St. Michaels with long views of St. Sophia and from the spectatular roof terrace, St. Andrews. The soaring ministry of foreign affairs and diplomatic academy are adjacent and it is literally around the block to the the one touristy street in Kiev, the cobble stoned Andrissky with its cute restaurants and art and memorabalia sellers. 2. Hidden behind all those is a long swath of green with a spectacular view over Podil to the river which is ideal for a stroll or a jog. 3. The lobby and reception areas are slightly cramped for space in areas so no soaring vistas on entering, but that is made to work with ornate and heavy materials and fabrics in the lounges giving a very rich coziness which befits a Ukrainian hotel 3. The rooms are very plush in a tasteful way, the internet is free and really works, and although the contents of the mini-bar has deminished, in many packages it is free or at least included. 4. An unusually good selection of sushi and italian cold cuts compliment the usual full selection at breakfast. Service is fast, almost too fast. 5. Ambassador membership ($200) pays for itself with one weekend stay as a night is thrown in and depending upon thirst and appetite, the generous selection of food and drink provided in the executive lounge could put you many dollars ahead!
- 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:
- Intercontinental Kiev Hotel Kiev