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Reviewed August 22, 2009

Hotel very nice for what we paid, most reviews i read gave 3/5 so i was very pleasantly suprised to find the hotel so much better.

Right from the approach to the hotel you get an idea of the hotel's size, its huge as is the lobby, which has a nice indoor and outdoor seated bar we spent after evenings in.

The service is slightly better than typical ukrainian service, the staff spoke broken but fairly good english, luckily my girlfriend is fluent in russian so i let her do alot of the talking. Staff were efficient and busy, sometimes to the point of being oblivious to waiting customers, but not intentionally ignoring them...

The room we stayed in was the lowest price they offered, though im sure availability for all room types is good all season, the place really is massive. The room itself was fairly basic, bed was king sized, but very low with uncomfortable wooden edges for your feet if your over 6ft 3 as i am. Rooms were fairly basic, no iron, kettle, complimentary tea/coffee as you might find in alot of other european hotels. TV was small and basic, a good number of channels all ukrainian and russian. Shower was good, powerful and easy to use, bathroom however quite small and the bulb went (but was fixed as cleaners spotted it without being told about it) Balcony had amazing view of Yalta town, the sea and hills.
Breakfast is buffet, food is good (no toast!!!!) regularly had 3 courses, offered most of what you would expect, something for everyone, though sausage and mash at breakfast felt a little odd, maybe just me.
Pool was very large, quiet deep, and salt water, not clorine cleaned i believe. You will often be asked by staff to attend almost daily games of water polo, they play for about an hour and it doesnt really affect the use of the pool, they also offered water aerobics (this you could just join in while they are doing it) Pool had a nice bar at one end and outdoor and indoor showers (in changing rooms)
The diving area of the Pool had been sealed off, you could tell it was once part of the pool area, and converted into a 3 times daily (i think) dolphin and seal show. Seemed quite professional, your supposed to pay to film/take pictures of it, 10uah i think but we were never asked to when the camera was pulled out. Good show, worth seeing.
The Hotel has plenty of restaurants 5 in all. We tried only two however, Ai Petri on the 16th floor (ukrainian cuisine), i can recommend going up there in the day and taking some pictures, but please dont go there for the food, both mine and my girlfriends meals were terrible and over priced. Goto 44th Parallel on the ground floor (en route to the beach) the menu is very european friendly, great quality and well priced, not to mention good atmosphere and daily local singer (the same every night) who sang popular russian and ukrainian music so i am told :)
There is also an italien restaurant, german styled beer restaurant "oktoberfest" an outdoor restaurant and an english pub style restaurant.

Hotel Yalta boasts their own private beach, which is the only one worth visiting really. You leave the hotel walking directly towards the sea until you find an elevator that takes u down 3 stories to a tunnel that leads to the beach, you will get a very familiar metro/underground feel and smell about it :)
A short walk and you will need to show your hotel cards and your on the beach.
I advise heading left for the best sun beds. The beach as you should know is pebble, i strongly advise if your quite heavy or have blisters or sensitive feet to buy jelly sandals as walking on these pebbles in the sea can be quite painful. Honestly, the sandy beaches of Europe (and Turkey and Egypt) are much more enjoyable than this beach, but it in no way spoiled my enjoyment, the sea was warm, and quite clear (though some small harmless jellyfish to be aware of). Many beach cafe's and restaurants, and alot of the usual ukrainian style beer/ice cream vendors.

Yalta town was very busy, you can walk down a road to the town from the hotel in about 15 minutes, as you get closer watch for cars/mopeds as they pay no attention to pedestrians and drive dangerously fast. Don't be too put off by the shanty style back road your walking on, the view gets better as you get into town.
The main boardwalk is filled with expensive shops and restaurants, find yourself the tour guides for the boat trips and plan your day trips from there, i advise it them. The boats are efficient and cheap and take you to some good picture opportunities that are far from action packed and exciting but i was just there to spend time with my girlfriend and relax so this was a nice opportunity to sun myself and take some nice pictures.
Watch out on the boat trip for the wild dolphins! i got some great snaps as they follow the boats quite closely.

Yalta is a very nice romantic break and i'm glad its a part of Ukraine i have seen, i doubt i would go back as its not my thing to visit a place twice. If your like me, looking to take your girlfriend on holiday, and you only speak english, i would advise that you should pluck up the extra cash and goto Turkey or Egypt. The weather will be better, the beaches are nicer, and english is more widely spoken, but if your set on Crimea then definitely come here and stay at the Hotel Yalta.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank AJBowie
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Reviewed August 16, 2009

PROs

Prices are cheap, from 40 € for a double in med-hi season, 5 minutes walk from the beach (place on the beach included). Very good and rich breakfast, many restaurants and cafes nearby, an incredibly never crowded luxury restaurant on 16th floor with popular prices!

CONs

The beach is always very crowded and it needs to wake up very early in order to get place.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Luca R
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Reviewed August 2, 2009

We spent six nights in Hotel Yalta from July 25. The 15th floor room was fine but on the small side. The balcony had a wonderful view of Yalta Bay and the surrounding woods.
There are 1100 rooms with plenty of bars and activities. There was even a dolphin show 3 times a day (did not make it).
Breakfast was predictable but the choice was adequate. The hotels beach is very stony but we spent a couple of hours there each morning and went sightseeing in the afternoons (usually after a siesta).
Lifts, shower and air conditioning all worked fine.
The receptionists speak English but only Russian (and Ukrainian) are generally spoken in the area. You would need some Russian to use the public transport mini buses which are very cheap and often overcrowded. We visited such places as czar Nicholas's Livadia Palace, scene of the Yalta conference in 1945 and the famous Swallows Nest Palace perched over the sea.
The town of Yalta has a lively promenade with lots of folk music and other acts. There is a small cable car starting from just off the prom which gives a great view of the city. A few kilometres away there is a bigger cable car system to the top of Ai Pertri mountain wihch is very busy.
The hotel is about a 20 minute walk into town downhill but a taxi would be better for going back.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank strongbow18
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Reviewed September 11, 2008

My fiance and I stayed at the Hotel Yalta in May for 5 days, and we had a very nice experience there. Keeping in mind that 4 or 5 star hotel ratings are different in the old eastern-bloc countries than in the west, I must say that this hotel was very nice.

The hotel itself is huge, over 1,200 rooms, and is definitely the largest hotel in Yalta, and I believe, in all of Ukraine. They have a small, beautiful garden area in the front of the hotel for walking, an olympic-sized swimming pool, a dolphin aquarium with two shows each day, which was nice (but nothing like Sea World!). They have several restaurants on property - one of which - called "La Tavola", turned out to be our favorite restaurant during our enitre stay (we wound up eating there twice). The food was very good, comparable to anything in the U.S., and the service very good. The room was very large, with a living room with small refrigerator and seperate bedroom area with balcony overlooking the Black Sea. Our room came with daily breakfast included, which is served in a huge, convention hall-style restaurant. The buffet was outstanding - so much that we wound up eating a large breakfast in the late morning, and then didn't eat again until dinner.

The only drawback to the hotel would be the accesibility to downtown Yalta and the port. It is about a 20 minute, downhill walk - thru a fairly old, depressing neighborhood. We would take a leisurely walk to town each evening for dinner, and then take a cab back. To go and see any attractions (i.e. - Livadia Palace, Massandra Winery, etc.), always required a taxi, so bring extra money for taxis). There is also a small travel agency located in the lobby, that can set up a group tour to the area attractions, if you don't want to take private taxis.

But overall, if ever again in Yalta, I would have no problem staying there again.

  • Stayed: May 2008
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Thank Hsvtide
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Reviewed August 14, 2008

Stayed at this hotel for 3 nights. On first sight it is horrendous, a big concrete monstrosity. However the rooms are fine if small and the plumbing works. It is an interesting place to people watch in one of the many bars. Service is erratic, sometimes you eat in a restaurant and it is Ok, the next night a friend eats there and it is awful.
There was a nice restaurant on the boardwalk - the one furthest from the lift but again I had agood meal with good service, whilst someone else went there and was told there was no English menu.
The main problem is the distance from town, I think most locals and russians live there during their holiday. However it is certainly an experience.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with friends
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1  Thank JST88
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