How to Survive in Kiev, Kiev Hotels Overview

Kiev Hotels

Photo by me, Alex Radich, on  January 2011
Photo by me, Alex Radich, on January 2011 | Source

Visit Kiev in May for Best Impressions

If you are a seasoned traveller fond of visiting historical places, it is a nice idea to visit Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. The best time to come is in May where chestnut trees are flowering. Considering the fact that Kiev is righteously called on of the greenest capitals in Europe, and have two magnificent botanic gardens along with parks, alleys and hills full of flora, with a wide river, Dnipro, you will likely want to take your DSLR camera to shoot gems of images.

Service Can Turn to Be Mediocre in Kiev

Yet despite all the wonders of Kiev nature and architecture, it has a few discrepancies. The first is a level of service that is quite mediocre in a majority of hotels. Many guests are not treated properly, and amenities are not on the required level. Even some centrally located hotels such as Kreschatik, Ukraina, Saint Petersburg and especially Kozatsky, are not renovated and have old-style furniture and beds, old TV sets and windows. It is a shame for the city. And despite Ukrainian hospitality that is a well established fact, hotel personnel is not trained properly and tend to be tetchy, especially in conflicting situations.

Do Not Become a Victim of a Swindle

You can become a victim of swindle if you are not attentive. For example, if you see a wallet on the street, full of bank notes, do not touch it. A gang swindlers is always waiting for you to be involved in their crooked game where you will be robbed of your money. If you walk on the street and do not pay attention to distracting events as listed above, you are not likely to be attacked. Robbery is a rare occasion in Kiev.

Keep Your Money Away from Strangers

Do not show your money to strangers or while shopping. It is a good idea to use credit card, but only for taking small amounts of cash in the ATM machines. Do not give your credit card to waiters in the restaurants, as credit card fraud is popular in this part of the world.

Kiev Sightseeing with Alex Radich

Buy anything of World War II or antique or rural. By Alex Radich. Everything is shot with Canon 7D.
Buy anything of World War II or antique or rural. By Alex Radich. Everything is shot with Canon 7D. | Source
Souvenir stand - this live cat is not for sale! By Alex Radich.
Souvenir stand - this live cat is not for sale! By Alex Radich. | Source
One of the main Kiev sightseeing wonders. By Alex Radich.
One of the main Kiev sightseeing wonders. By Alex Radich. | Source
By Alex Radich.
By Alex Radich. | Source
By Alex Radich.
By Alex Radich. | Source

Choose Western Hotels if You Can Afford Them

If you can afford the rate, choose one of Western-style hotels such as Hyatt Hotel or Intercontinental Hotel. They provide nice service and have advanced amenities that will cater to your taste. You can save 15-20 percent if you look for the best bargain on the Internet well ahead of your arrival.

Choose Online Discounters for the Best Hotel Rate

There are large online discounters, and some offers apply when you are aware of them. Choose the room wisely and book after reading all the conditions. Ensure that the rate includes VAT and other taxes (there used to be a special hotel tax back in the USSR time, along with higher, sometimes twice as much, rates for foreigners. Fortunately those times are gone), and whether breakfast is included. Most probably yes, if you choose a decent hotel. With these little precautions you are likely to stay safe and comfortable and enjoy one of the most beautiful capitals of Europe.

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crescentaurora1 5 years ago from Alameda, CA

I enjoyed this hub, the pictures are beautiful.

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