Built at the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire the Grand Hotel has the best location in Lvov (well maybe the Wiener Hotel was better) but hey this is pretty darn central & I would go for the faded empire elegance over arriviste gangster chic anyday. Friendly check-in desk with excellent English & sensible suggestions
Great public areas- a traditional grand staircase (oops mind the loose carpet rods on the stairs) all jazzed up with a funky art exhibition. Long corridors with a red carpet running down the middle of them (very East European) brings you to your room. And although you might have booked a twin you are most likely to find yourself upgraded to a junior suite (because they have more of these than standard rooms). I loved the rooms (the nice air fresheners were appealing) with comfy beds & a comfy settee plus TV in both rooms. My room didn't have much of a view but despite the prime location was quiet
The bar is recommended in some guidebooks but in reality is very small & you would rather go to an outdoor cafe for at lest 6 months of the year. The restaurant is nice & airy though they have net curtains to stop the hoi polloi from staring at the breakfast eaters. I very much liked the breakfast buffet that featured unusual fare (lots of different poppy seed rolls & cakes, cold baked apples with sultanas & nice cold crepes. I thought the staff put out too little food at once so they constantly seemed to be back & forth topping up & you might find a favourite flavour of yogurt might go out of stock at the key moment of selection. Not up to the Hotel Bristol in Warsaw (no champagne or vodka for breakfast) but not bad never the less
Overall though a superb city break hotel in a superb city break location. From touchdown at the airport to the hotel, through check-in & into Svovody Prospekt to sip beer in just 50 minutes. Splendid.
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- Also Known As:
- Lviv Grand Hotel