Despite recent political troubles, the capital city of Kiev remains safe and welcoming to travellers.
For those who find cities such as Moscow too crowded and intimidating, they will be pleasantly surprised to learn that Kiev is a great alternative for luxury travellers who want to explore this region of the world.
Boasting a fantastic location on the rim of the old city centre, overlooking the magnificent Saint Sophia and Saint Michaelâ€™s cathedrals and within 10 minutesâ€™ walk to Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Kievâ€™s central square, Hyatt Regency is a stylish modern hotel loved by business and leisure travellers alike.
Featuring all the modern facilities, from a large swimming pool, well equipped business centre, a boutique and an excellent Day Spa, as well as smartly designed rooms with plenty of space, natural light and great views, it is not hard to see that Hyatt Regency is one of the most popular hotels for both leisure and business travellers in Kiev.
Overlooking the Mykhailivska Square between the city centre and the business area of Podil, theÂ InterContinental Hotel is a bit of a landmark surrounded by three laminating churches, and is particularly popular with travellers who enjoy a mixture of classical and modern facilities in a hotel. Besides its elegant rooms, guests in need of pampering will be enticed by the services of the beauty salon and the extensive treatment menu at SPA InterContinental.
The InterContinental particularly excels at cuisine, with two restaurants serving European, French, Asian and local cuisines, and a rooftop lounge bar with impressive panoramic view of Kiev. The Comme Il Faut restaurant is especially popular. A Parisian-style brasserie, it is the dining venue of choice for business visitors at lunch, and lovers of a good romance for the candle-lit dinners.
One of the smaller but newer additions to the cityâ€™s hotel scene, Opera Hotel provides luxury among decors of old school charm. Much like stepping into a movie set, the interior of the hotel is padded with velvet drapes lined in gold trimmings, plush seating elegantly paired with museum piece stand and suites decorated to reflect cultural themes from countries around the world.
The hotel is within walking distance to Kievâ€™s Opera House, making it the perfect location for those who are in town to catch a world class ballet or opera performance.
Fairmont Grand Hotel
Right on the bank of Dnieper River bordering the cityâ€™s historic Podil area is the established Fairmont Grand Hotel. The hotel is located close to many of Kievâ€™s natural attractions, such as the pedestrian bridge across the Dnieper to the â€˜beachesâ€™ in summer, as well as the hills with plenty of walking trails and look out points.
The Royal and Presidential Suites of the Fairmont Grand are specifically extraordinary, with plush furnishings to the highest quality, finished with tassels and gold trimmings, the sort of dÃ©cor that make one feel like royalty.
Premier Palace Hotel
The centrally located Premier Palace Hotel combines vintage fashion with modern style elegance, in a building that used to belong to Prince Dimitri Zhevakhov in the mid-19th Century. Over the years through many change of hands saw the hotel go through a style transformation and is today in the style combining the best of Art Nouveau and Art Deco.
This may be the luxury of all luxuries in Kiev, as the Premier Palace Hotel was awarded 6 stars by the Seven Stars and StripesÂ® Committee in 2009 to recognise the hotelâ€™s efforts in providing the utmost luxurious experience to its guests.