We found ourselves in Kiev due to an error with our Russian visa requiring us to make an unexpected stopover for 4 days. We chose this hotel based on reviews and the Intercontinental's reputation, but also the location which is excellent - walkable and close to many of the major attractions and directly next to St. Michael's cathedral. Khreshchatyk Street is less than a very enjoyable 10 minute walk away as there is so much to see enroute and is full of the charms of Kiev - the people! The rooms are very nicely appointed with beautiful linens although a fairly firm mattress, an extensive pillow selection menu, and a complimentary mini bar with sparkling and still water, juices and soft drinks. We stayed on the club floor which gave us access to the lounge serving an wide variety of buffet food but also anything you wanted to order from the menu for breakfast. there were also snacks available through the afternoon which we never experienced but made it each evening for their cocktails and a light dinner buffet service which could easily (and was for us) be dinner for the evening. Desserts were delicious! Based on this food, I would say the restaurants would have to be excellent as well. The only way to make it better would be to have some heat lamps over the food as the lamps used were only for lighting which made it look nice but did not keep it hot. The morning and evening club floor agents were delightful, helpful and very kind young ladies always willing to do anything they could to make your experience great. We also used the spa and it too was very good although when we were paying at the end, we were told that we could not add our tip onto our bill which was being charged to our room and as we had no cash with us, we had to go back to the room to get it and bring it back. If this is the hotel policy, then they should advise you ahead of time and if it is not policy and the staff don't want their tips tracked....then management should know and I suppose now they will. We had no problem getting a taxi from the airport as the drivers hover around trying to pick up a fare and our cost was 300 UAH which was a bit over priced we think as the concierge at the hotel said it should be about 270 UAH which I'm sure is still overpriced! the trip was about 30 minutes. We walked almost everywhere - including past the Fairmont where we almost stayed and so glad we didn't as there is major construction directly across the street from it which seems will be a major overpass unfortunately. Would definitely recommend!
- 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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