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.
- 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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