KHARKIV PALACE HOTEL
Once in a while an unexpected and pleasant surprise comes along, from the first few minutes of entering this world class hotel; it felt inviting, with a warm and welcoming feelng. I have previously stayed at the Dnister Palace Hotel in Lviv, and the Premier Palace in Kiev all in the Premier Collection. On speaking to the staff, I leaned that the Managing Director Mr Leffler was the GM that made the Kiev hotel such a success, here he had started from scratch, even bringing his knowledge of managing hotels in Tibet and Dubai and Africa to the design of this truly sensational hotel.,
I spent time finding my way around the hotel which has 180 rooms, an executive floor with good old fashioned butler service, I feel that a lot of the charm of this hotel is derived from the clever way they have blended the hi tech and the expectations of deluxe and class, with the warmth of solid wood panels and doors, this theme is used throughout in timber that I understand was brought in especially from Vietnam. The gym would fit into any top health spa in the world. The health centre and spa is very special, for the first time in a long while, I found that I had the time to try the massage, I am glad that I did, I met a really special, pretty and petite young lady called Olga, Olga has what many would say, is the biggest disadvantage in life, Olga is blind, when you visit her however it takes time to realise this as she escorts you down the corridors to her massage room, moving about with the complete ease of someone who is seeing everything she does. The massage is a sensory and delightful experience, I will go back.
Restaurants, there are the Sky Lounge with delightful small tasty dishes from spare ribs cooked to absolute perfection, tempura shrimp, ham wrapped around Italian bread sticks all accompanied by appropriate sauces with a stunning view of the sun setting and the lights coming up in the lounge, and the very beautiful but exquisitely polite Ukrainian ladies to brighten up any scenic panorama.
There is the second-floor Pacific Spoon Restaurant with food from around the Pacific Rim, i.e. California, Japan etc.
This restaurant also serves breakfast and yet again the hotel surpassed itself with such a selection to delight any taste buds, fruits, juices hot dishes cold dishes, fresh breads any one could get the breakfast they desired here.
There are the Amadeus Viennese Coffee shops a true Viennese patisserie with a Swiss pastry chef to ensure the dishes here are authentic.
Gourmet Beriozka delicatessen shop
The outside inside terrace restaurant agaun with great views, is available for outside dining where you can see your dishes being prepared with views right into the kitchen.
The lobby is truly special with its gold leaved chandelier descending 30 metres from the ceiling above
There is secure underground parking, right in the centre of this great city once the capital of Ukraine, next to what is the biggest square they say in Europe, well it is massive, with the Taras Shevchenko Park almost on the door step
Enjoy your stay at this world class hotel, if Ukraine can make this happen then I have every confidence for a very happy future and its tourism
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