I stayed here for Euro2012 first week because it was the only place that would confirm a booking at a fixed price before the event. I had read the reviews on here so I wasn't expecting much but the reality was a shock to someone who is used to Western levels for the same price. The staff are fantastic and most of them speak English and they will do anything to help. The cafe is useful and the food is freshly prepared. This is essential because there is nowhere else to eat for miles around.
My room was small but I had to share a bathroom. There was a kettle but no tea or coffee or even a cup. There is no airconditioning although the windows do open. The bathroom was clean and everything worked but there was no plug in the sink.
The biggest problem is the area where the hotel is - it is awful. There are stray dogs howling, people shouting at each other all night and the only way to get from there to Nivky Metro is by taxi so you will spend a lot of time and money on taxi fares and the standard of vehicles and driving is very poor. You would not want to be in this area after dark I think.
I think the staff here are trying very hard to make this into a nice hotel but they will always struggle against the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel "Nivki" is a hospitable hotel with cost-effective prices for the tourists and business travelers. The hotel has already gained popularity and recognition of many guests coming to Kiev. We are the closest hotel to the Exhibition Centre "KievExpoPlaza" and just a few minutes away of walking time. To assure that our guests receive the most comfortable conditions, we provide them with a free shuttle bus service to/from metro station "Nivki." Breakfasts are served at cafe as well as at guest's rooms. We have free and secure parking on the hotel's territory. ... more less
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