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“Interesting expierience”
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Salute Hotel
Ranked #37 of 111 Hotels in Kiev
München
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Interesting expierience”
Reviewed August 2, 2010

In terms of architecture and design the Salute is a true gem in Kiev. Its a 1980s built soviet-style piece of architecture which is a sign of the last defiant struggle before the breakdown of the soviet empire. And in contrary to many many other examples in eastern europe you'll find this hotel in almost unrefurbished condition. Of course the reception and many other parts of the lobby are 'littered' with many things ther do not belong there but you still get the feeling of a cool and well designed soviet hotel of the 80s. The rooms are still original as well. I know this is not everybodies style but I liked it a lot. So go there if you want to catch a bit of cold war flavour. By the way the brakfast was terrible and the stuff not the friendliest I found around the world.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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37 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed May 17, 2010

I was booked there by a colleague who didnt find rooms in the city for our stay and the only choice for our budget in that night was Salute Hotel.

When you enter to the hotel you smell something that gives you a notion of humidity.. the front desk team were nice and friendly.. the elevators are old.. the floors are rennovated but still you could easily tell that the hotel is old.. the rooms are not that clean nor gives you good cleanliness feeling..

The breakfast is not with good variety and the quality is not what i expected even.. the coffee smelled bad and just had boiled egg..

The only thing i liked is their bar which is next to the hotel... sort of coffee shop style...

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled on business
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Los Angeles, California
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69 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
Reviewed February 12, 2010

Kyiv/Kiev can be a bit intimidating, if you're like me and don't speak either Russian or Ukrainian. Thankfully the Hotel Salute (also spelled Salyut or Salyute) helped make Kyiv a great stay for me and my family.

We booked our room online and sent them questions via e-mail beforehand. They answered promptly in English and made booking a snap. When we got there, Front office staff all spoke perfect English. Everyone from security to cleaning staff was very friendly.

Because there were four of us in our family, we splurged for the junior suite - which has a separate bedroom area and a living room area, with couches and two chairs that folded out into twin beds (there was an extra fee per bed). Bathroom was spacious, with hair dryer and towel warmer. The room had a terrific view.

TV had twenty channels - three English news channels, French, Japanese, and Spanish channels. No kids channels.

Free wi-fi. Elevators were tiny. Bottled water machines in the hallway. Nicer restaurant on the second floor - cafe-style restaurant on the first floor. ATM by the front door - currency exchange by the front desk. Security staff on the ground floor.

There's a "night bar" on the second floor of the hotel, but it must be very discreet, as we never once noticed it was there.

The hotel has a terrific location - easy walking distance to two of the most unmissable sites in Kyiv, the Pechersk Lavra and the Mother Motherland Statue at the Museum of the Great Patriotic War.

Walking in the other direction takes you to the Arsenal metro station, which provides cheap easy access to other parts of Kyiv.

There's an underground shopping center across the parking lot from the hotel (open from 10-8) - the center includes a food court with a variety of eating options.

Across the street from the hotel is a terrific park overlooking the river. Walk down a bunch of stairs and you'll get great views across the river, several war and famine monuments, and a children's playground.

NOTE FOR PARENTS WITH SMALL CHILDREN. The room had a balcony that wasn't built with children in mind. For safety's sake, keep the doors to the balcony locked.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Paris
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40 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed June 24, 2009

Only one night stay for a conference.
Ugly "modern" archictecture and sovietic style operation.
My room was basic, with a a cheap double bed in a wooden frame.
Bathroom with a small sink and shower.
Old TV set.
Good modern air conditioning equipment.
Thin door on the corridor, from where you can follow the steps of passing customers.
Service is basic also...
At my floor, like in the soviet time when an eye had to be kept on visitors, an old lady is sat at a table in front of the lift, discussing with some of her colleagues all the day, and not even saying hello when you cross or making at least a smile. If such job has to be maintained, at least some training should be done to teach how to behave with customers.
One has to mention that there is a free wifi internet connection in rooms, which is very positive, even if there is sometimes some interruption in the signal.
Breakfast, in a room out of age, is also very ... basic, but decent.
Acceptable for the price if you are not staying too long or on honeymoon...

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled on business
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Westminster, CO
Level 6 Contributor
113 reviews
111 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 222 helpful votes
Reviewed November 11, 2008

My parents and I stayed in this hotel in Fall '06 while visiting our relatives in Kiev.
This is a decent, upscale hotel in a good location. Nice, large park across the street. Shopping within walking distance. The view of the river is impressive!
Our room was quite large, and it was great to have a balcony to view the city from. The Salute hotel looks like a landmark due to its shape, and there are plenty of landmarks nearby to visit as well. Ornate, golden-domed churchs for starters.
Very pleasant stay. It is incredible, but in the parking lot there are Bentleys, Rolls Royce, Porche, Ferrari. Looks like some "well-connected" clients stay here. I didn't have any problems at all with anyone or any type of solicitations.
Breakfast was below average. Not enough food choice and it all was cold when served. Also, the room's decor is thoroughly green and quite outdated.
Still, I would recommend this hotel. It's positives certainly outweigh its negatives.

  • Liked — Location and views from room
  • Disliked — Breakfast was undesirable
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled on business
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London
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13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed October 20, 2008

I booked this hotel a week before travelling as all my other choices were fully booked. I am always wary of hotels with space when all the others are booked up but I need not have been concerned. The hotel is a bit of a local landmark because of its circular design. It's located next to a park and underground shopping mall and is within easy reach of the metro and certainly well placed for some of the main tourist attractions in Kiev. I booked direct with the hotel and was told that there are two types of basic room available - refurbished and unrefurbished. I chose the former on the seventh floor after taking the advice of the receptionist - who incidentally spoke excellent English. I was not disappointed. My single room had an excellent view over the river Dniper and was clean, relatively spacious, had a double bed, a mini-bar and TV. The bathroom looked brand new and was spotless. Entrance to the room was via cardkey so security was good. Unfortunately there was no room safe but these were available behind reception. Curiously there were teacups and sugar but I couldn't find any other drinks making facilities in the room. Because of its circular style the rooms are a bit of an odd shape but this is just an observation.
The breakfast was buffet style and nothing too special - but very adequate. I didn't have dinner in the hotel so can't comment.
The hotel seems to be mainly used by business travellers and long term contractors but is fine for tourists. Reception was very helpful, fluent in English and available 24/7.
Pricing is middle of the road. It's not cheap at $200 per night but there are other hotels that charge a lot more and would not be as good as this one. There were no surprises on the bill. I believe they only accepted Visa and Mastercard but you would need to check this out.
All in all, a very pleasant stay.

  • Liked — Cleanliness, security, location, staff
  • Disliked — Nothing significant to report
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled solo
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Helsinki, Finland
Level 6 Contributor
168 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 215 helpful votes
Reviewed August 27, 2008

We have stayed here while doing consulting work this year and last year. Four of us have stayed here for a total of some 200 nights.

They have been renovating the hotel from poor condition to good condition all this time.

The reception is helpful and friendly.

The rooms are a good size.

The restaurnt is really good and the prices reasonable.

One of the few hotels to have free WiFi in the rooms.

If you like a sunny room in a funky design hotel and like jogging in the morning then this is a good choice.

Better than all the other mid-price and more expensive places but certainly not a luxury hotel. Interesting for business men and women.

  • Liked — WiFi and funky design
  • Disliked — Could do with more renovation
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled on business
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Property: Salute Hotel
Address: Mazepy Ivana vul. 11-b, Kiev 01010, Ukraine
Location: Ukraine > Kiev
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #37 of 111 Hotels in Kiev
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Salute Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 88
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Salute Hotel is located on a high, green hill of a right bank of the Dnieper River, in Pechersk district - the administrative and cultural centre of Kyiv. It takes only 10-minute walk from the buildings of the Parliament of Ukraine, Residence of the President and famous Kyivo-Pecherska Lavra - the unique historical and architectural churches' complex of times of ancient Kiev, protected by UNESCO. The Salute Hotel offers 88 comfortable guestrooms of different categories with wonderful views on Kyivo-Pecherska Lavra and the Dnieper River. ... more   less 
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