Stayed in George Palace overnight in a suite (UAH 650 (ca US$80) as of Sep 13, inclusive of breakfast). I loved nearly everything about this hotel – except for breakfast.
If you are going to stay there any time soon and travel by car, at any cost avoid reaching the hotel from Gagarina Str. through B.Khmelnitskoho Str. to I.Boguna Str.! This rout is now dug over. Better make a roundabout and access from 28go Chervnya Street, which is less damaged.
The hotel occupies nice, relatively small mansion slightly off the street. If it weren’t for the damaged streets all around it, location would have been wonderful.
Boguna Street is quiet, with not much entertainment or eateries on it. But Chernivtsi University (former Residence of Bukovynian Metropolitans) is in a few steps away and Philharmonic Square in a couple of blocks. So although the hotel is not that central, the city centre is actually in a walking distance or a cheap taxi ride from it (we paid UAH 10 (caUS$1.2) from St.Nicolas Church on Ruska Street).
There is a large guarded parking in the backyard of the hotel; free for the hotel guests. It has a separate entrance to the hotel, but it takes walking through the entire restaurant.
The hotel has no elevator, stairs only. But there is a porter to help with the luggage. He was away when we checked-in but very soon found us at the parking lot, which was appreciated.
The light in the corridor turns on from the movement detectors. So if you linger talking to a neighbour or searching for your key, you might soon find yourself in the darkness and will have to make few steps along the corridor. I found this somewhat frustrating.
The suite was perfectly spacious for my liking, not chocked up with furniture, and in general wonderful. It was either new or well maintained, and clean.
King-size bed was large, but the mattress was sadly too soft. Instead, linen has pleased me. The biggest problem of many Ukraine regional hotels is their affection for synthetic linen and foam pillows – not the George Palace.
Compared to the suite, the bathroom was rather smallish. But it was new, clean, and with all facilities functioning all right. Surprisingly, even no problem with water drain in the shower (which is the usual problem for many regional hotels). If I have to be picky, I’d mention that it took a while of water pouring to finally get hot one.
Spacious fridge in the suite was excellent for the stock of food that we had for our road trip. Free Wifi had good stable signal.
There was a balcony in our suite, facing the hotel façade, with a couple of chairs and a table in it. But sitting there wasn’t really nice – for the lack of privacy.
There was a noisy wedding celebration in a restaurant when we arrived, and the guests smoked outside the hotel right under our balcony. But (surprisingly!) it was over by 11pm (as required by law). So we were not really disturbed by it.
The breakfast was nearly the only disappointment about this hotel – it was virtually non-existent! They even failed to supply sour-cream to the crepes upon our request, and said they only supplied jam and honey to it. At the same time, espresso from the bar was free of charge.
At first sight, the front desk ladies didn’t look too welcoming. But they turned very efficient in helping with the last-minute arrangements of the tour around Chernivtsi University.
George Palace is my new favorite hotel in Chernivtsi, and is an excellent value for money. I’m happy to recommend it and will stay here again… but having breakfast elsewhere in the city.
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