The first question you’ll ask yourself after you have bought your tickets to Kyiv, Ukraine is where to stay. For first time tourists here is a short guide to the Kyiv districts, and which ones are the most convenient to stay for tourists.
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First of all, you need to know that Kyiv is split on two parts by the main river Dnipro. So, there is a right bank Kyiv and a left bank Kyiv and you will want to stay on the right bank (west side, the river flows north to south). Why? Well, it is simply the matter that the right bank is the center of Kyiv, there are all the sights you need to visit and mostly because the left bank has nothing to offer except industrial sights and Soviet Union apartment buildings. And yes, I am exaggerating a little bit, but seriously you don’t want to stay on the left bank.
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After we established that the right bank is the right choice, let’s look on the map and find a perfect location. Of course, one of the best places to stay in Kyiv is Khreshchatyk street, the main street in Kyiv that leads to Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence square). Although there are a few hotels around that area, I would not recommend staying in some of them, for example hotel “Kozatskyi”. This is one of the oldest hotels in Kyiv which may sound unique, but the problem is that no one did any remodeling inside the hotels rooms and they look very Soviet Union which is not nice (tiny rooms, super uncomfortable beds, very cold in winter and fall). So, if you found a good Airbnb then stay in this area, if you are planning to stay in hotels then I don’t recommend staying on this street.
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A few other great areas to stay during your trip I will name by the closest subway stations. And so, here are the areas in the center of the city, close to subways, with nice hotels and Airbnb’s: “Zoloti Vorota”, “Teatralna”, “Ploshcha Lva Tolstogo”, “Palats Sportu”, “Olimpiiska”, “Poshtova Ploshcha”, “Kontractova Ploshcha” and “Universytet”. If you are staying around any of these subway station (10-20 minutes’ walk), then you are staying in a great location.
Cheap: Mini-Hotel Kievskiy
Medium: Best Season Apart Hotel, Summit Apart Hotel, Grand Apartments
Expensive: 11 Mirrors Design Hotel, Radisson Blu Hotel, City Centre
Medium: Royal De Paris Hotel, Scandinavian Apartments, Хостел WOW-hotel
Medium: CentrRoomKiev, Idea Design Apart-Hotel, Nelly Apart
Expensive: Premier Palace Hotel
Medium: President Hotel, Royal Olympic Hotel, Premier Hotel Rus
Expensive: Aloft Kiev
Expensive: Greguar Hotel, Park Inn by Radisson Troyitska
Cheap: Independence Mini-Hotel
Medium: Gonchar Hotel, Andreevsky Mansard Hotel, Number 21 by DBI
Expensive: Fairmont Grand Hotel, Riviera House
Cheap: Готель Міністерський
Medium: Domus Hotel-1, BURSA Hotel, Podol Plaza Hotel
Expensive: Radisson Blu Hotel, Kyiv Podil City Centre, Staro Hotel
Medium: ibis Kiev City Center, Incognito Boutique Hotel, Fire Inn
Expensive: Hermitage Boutique-Hotel, Hilton Kyiv
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