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ALFAVITO HOTEL
Ranked #9 of 111 Hotels in Kiev
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Vienna, Austria
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32 hotel reviews
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

I booked the Alfavito hotel as an alternative to one hotel where I had to deliver my seminar training but which was too far away from any infrastructure in my opinion. So, money was an issue and I didn't want to spend much more money on the room than it would have been in a 3-4 star hotel somewhere 30 km outside Kiev.
The Alfavita hotel is situated around 2 km south of the centre of Kiev, but just a few minutes walk to the Station "Palace Ukraina", which makes it quite comfortable to choose Metro, taxi or walking for your ways.
The style of the hotel reminds mie to the 1920's, especially in the restaurant. This makes the hotel somehow stylish but not too cold like some so-called style-hotels, where they sell cheap IKEA furniture as minimalistic and cool.
The staff is very friendly and flexible. Also payment issues are extremely relaxed, especially if you consider the country.
Breakfast buffet is not too big, but the quality of the food is high. Strange: Sparkling wine is available for free, but if you'd like to have an espresso you need to pay extra.
What makes me sad is that the hotel bar doesn't serve any local beer and the bar is more playground of a few hookers who seem to dominate the potential upcoming mood. Also some music would help to make it a bit more cozy.
Conclusion: Take it if you want a four star hotel that offers some good deals, where everything works, where you have good access to the public means of transport and where you can enjoy the flair of an international hotel. Don't take it if you expect sauna or pool, want a 'whole town in the hotel' experience or want to be in the inner city centre.

Room Tip: X22, X24 are the bigger rooms in each floor.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
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Oleg_Nesvirskyy, Manager at ALFAVITO HOTEL, responded to this review, July 20, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you for choosing Alfavito hotel and giving us a thorough review! It is indeed a good deal money, location and service wise either for business travelers or tourists. We take pride in the design of the hotel since it is unique and creates a relaxing atmosphere. We take all of our guests’ suggestions seriously so your restaurant preferences will be considered and discussed. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and we are awaiting you the next time you visit Kyiv!
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Kiev, Ukraine
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

A quirky kind of hotel in Kiev, Good location, Nice rooms and excellent conference facility's. Terrible service in the restaurant and rip off prices in the bar! The conference and corporate team are great, no fuss and direct. Reception staff are great also, I really recommend this hotel when in Kiev, I have used most hotels in Kiev as I have business here for over 15 years and this hotel will make you happy!

Room Tip: Rip off prices in the bar! I mean 6 Euro for a beer in the bar and half that in the restaurant.....a...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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Oleg_Nesvirskyy, Manager at ALFAVITO HOTEL, responded to this review, July 5, 2013
Dear JackLondon35,
Thank you for staying at Alfavito and using its facilities for meetings and conferences! We definitely take quirky as a compliment and are proud of that characteristic. Alfavito is unique, artful and different from other hotels in a positive way. Your concern about prices and service will be given serious attention. Though, we hope you enjoyed the quality of the food and beverages. Your positive impressions inspire us to always put in 110% effort when welcoming you and every other guest. Thank you again for recommending us to the TripAdvisor community!
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Vienna, Austria
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

We stayed at Alfavito in June 2013 for about a week, and would recommend it for either tourists or business travelers. The hotel's staff is professional, friendly, and understands the importance of customer service. It is a clean, new hotel, and the housekeeping did an impeccable job at keeping our room clean every day. The TV is flat screen, and has the usual sports and news channels, such as CNN.

If you forgot to pack something or have an issue with your room ask the hotel staff; they'll either provide you with the item or help you get it. In our experience, the hotel was very western, and customer oriented. We would definitely stay at this location again especially at such prices. (One suggestion to the hotel: add the Borshch to the restaurant menu.)

Transportation. We used the metro to go between the hotel (Palats Ukrainy Station) and downtown Kyiv (only three stations to Maidan Nezalezhnosti Station). At 2 hryvnyas (25 US cents) a ride, it's a good deal though expect to face the crowds at normal rush hour times. Trains run every 3 minutes during the day. Every 7m late at night.

For cabs, either have the hotel call you a cab OR order one yourself from Elite Taxi or Sky Taxi; these give you the rate before you travel so you know what you have to pay. (Getting a local SIM car will come handy if you want to call the cab.) Most international flights depart from Terminal D of Boryspil's airport, but make sure to confirm your details before you get in the cab.

Ukrainian beers: try 1715 or any other Lviv produced beers, Obolon "oksamytove" (amber color), or Chernihivske (which is everywhere).

Ukrainian food: varenyky, salo (sliced pork lard) plate ideally with a variety of flavors such as smoked, paprika, black pepper, etc, with a mandatory shot (or 2) of horilka (vodka). Suggested restaurants: Taras Bulba and Mitla though there are many more to choose from.

Have a good time.

Room Tip: All rooms are good; tip the housekeeping well.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Oleg_Nesvirskyy, Manager at ALFAVITO HOTEL, responded to this review, June 27, 2013
Dear wrldcnnssr,
We would like to thank you for such a detailed and thorough review of our hotel! Our staff is always excited by such reviews and always aims to deliver exceptional service. The rooms are designed for the upmost comfort and luxury. We always take reviews into consideration when making any changes and these changes are directed only for the betterment of the guest. Thank you again for recommending ALFAVITO to other travelers. We wish you a great day and hope to have you as a guest again in the near future!
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

I have spent 8 nights at this hotel in May. This hotel got great facilities, conference rooms have good designs and great audio and video equipments, guest rooms are modern, well done and spacious. I love high sealing in guest rooms too. Hotel staff is what mainly makes it a distinguished hotel in Kiev, everyone is genuinely friendly,helpful, speaks good English or Russian. My stay was comfortable because of all those factors. Restaurant has great food, menu is somewhat limited in my view but everything on it tastes great. I love their selection of teas at the lobby bar. Breakfast buffet is good too. In my opinion, it is good value for the money paid.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Oleg_Nesvirskyy, Manager at ALFAVITO HOTEL, responded to this review, June 21, 2013
Dear Elena,

First of all, we would like to thank you for choosing Alfavito hotel!
We are grateful to you for taking the time to write a review regarding your recent experience with ALFAVITO. Our team is pleased to read that you have enjoyed the design of our hotel, facilities and most importantly the level of service provided. It’s lovely to read that we were able to meet your expectations and provide you with a warm, pleasant and comfortable stay.
It was our pleasure to provide you with a relaxing stay and we are looking forward to welcoming you back in the near future!
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York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

Hotels are essentially places to sleep, wash and sometimes eat...
Well the shower was ok. Sleep was shortened by the fact that the thin curtains didn't meet in the centre and I was woken each morning by sun streaming in at 5.30am. Breakfast was pretty poor for this level of hotel and the breakfast room like most of the hotel was dark and austere. On the plus point I did have a nice soup for lunch outside on the patio so not all bad. Internet service was fine..
Business stay so no choice but I hope not to be returning...

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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Oleg_Nesvirskyy, Manager at ALFAVITO HOTEL, responded to this review, June 8, 2013
Dear Jon,
We would like to thank you for sharing your experience and showing us how we can improve and develop our service. Our team would like the opportunity to assure you that we will take all remarks into consideration. We really hope that you will give us another chance to provide you with outstanding service in the future.
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

The hotel is very well maintained. the stuff is nice and helpful, rooms are spacious and clean,Wi-Fi is fast and it is free. A subway station is right near by, connection to the city center is fast. If you don’t have breakfast included in your stay it is more expensive than most of the places in the city.
The transportation. If you use the subway, be sure you are done with your activity before midnight to get into the station before it is closed. The taxi price in relation to the hotel in my experience (on the higher end): City Center to the hotel UAG 100 (after subway is closed for the night), Airport to hotel UAG 250. You can negotiate better rate, especially if you speak Russian or Ukrainian.

Отель в прекрасном состоянии, удобный, чистый и рядом с метро. Завтрак по цене - чистый грабеж, но вкусный. Обслуживающий персонал - очень вежливый и всегда старается помочь. (не забудьте про чаевые), интернет быстрый и устойчивый. Вообще - очень неплохое место. Такси на крещатик 100 гривен (после закрытия метро), в Борисополь - 250, но можно наверное сторгаваться подешевле.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Oleg_Nesvirskyy, Manager at ALFAVITO HOTEL, responded to this review, June 8, 2013
Dear Sasha,
We would like to thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. It is truly an honor that our level of service was able to meet your expectations. Our team members are glad that you have enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future!
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Reviewed May 31, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for the weekend, and picked it primarily because it looked like value for money. When we first arrived I as immediately impressed by how beautifully decorated the lobby is, you'd be forgiven for thinking you we're in a much pricier hotel given how posh it looks. The staff couldn't have been more friendly and helpful, from the concierge to the porter they were absolute stars, the porter even gave me a good rundown on the best local bars and explained that, since he was a guitarist in a band, he'd played a number of them. The room itself as spacious, well decorated and spotless, the bathroom was fairly small and basic but perfectly decent, and the beds were big and very comfortable. The breakfast was decent enough without being anything to write home about, if you turn up towards the end of the breakfast period chances are you'll find that a number of the dishes have run out, overall though it was decent quality and plentiful. Overall I'd highly recommend the place as somewhere to stay, it's great value for money and on the metro you're only 3 stops from the main are for bars and restaurants.

Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Oleg_Nesvirskyy, Manager at ALFAVITO HOTEL, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank You for taking the time to post your review on Tripadvisor. We are happy that You found our porter Vladimir very helpful and friendly. The whole team will be very proud to read such a positive feedback. Our staff do their best to make stay of each guest unforgettable. We are always looking forward to welcoming you back in the near future!
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Property: ALFAVITO HOTEL
Address: Predslavynskaya st., 35D, Kiev 03150, Ukraine (Formerly Autograph Hotel)
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Location: Ukraine > Kiev
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #9 of 111 Hotels in Kiev
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Hotel Class:4 star — ALFAVITO HOTEL 4*
Number of rooms: 229
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The elegant 4-star ALFAVITO Kyiv Hotel is located in one of the business districts of central Kiev next to the Palats Ukraina Underground Station. It is within 15 minutes' walk from the central main street, Khreschatyk and Maidan Nezalezhnosti and only 10 minutes' walk from Olimpiysky Stadium. The hotel offers 248 comfortable guest rooms, including rooms of Standard and Superior categories, and VIP category - Deluxe, Suites and Apartments. The 248 cozy and spacious rooms are equipped with free high-speed Wi-Fi, LCD screen satellite TV, telephone, individual air conditioning system, wide beds, comfortable working space, an electronic safe and a mini-bar. Gourmet international dishes and local specialties are served at the PIANO Restaurant, where a buffet breakfast is also provided. Guest can enjoy a variety of Mediterranean meals in the FORTE Cafe-bar, test grill menu in the summertime on Double Decker cafe, or relax in the lobby bar with a cup of genuine Viennese coffee. The Hotel facilities also include 7 conference-halls which capacity starts from 10 till 150 persons, a business center, a concierge service, an art gallery, a gym with free access around the clock and 68 free private parking spaces on site. ALFAVITO - one of the few hotels in Kyiv city center with its small park. ... more   less 
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