Ukraine’s capital and largest city is Kiev, a historic gem that shines bright among Eastern European cities. Onion-domed churches like St Sophia’s share public space with more modern wonders like the surreal Motherland Statue in the heart of this proud vibrant metropolis. Religion, patriotism, and urban chic all collide with spectacular results in Kiev. It’s like Russia without the hassle, yet is still uniquely Ukrainian at its core. It’s unlikely you will be disappointed with the food, the nightlife, and the cultural attractions that underpin this dynamic city on the Dnipro River.
Hotels in Kiev
Hotels in Kiev come in every conceivable size, style, and price. In every district of the capital there are at least a dozen or more hotels catering to the steady flow of business travelers and tourists who visit throughout the year. You don’t have to spend a lot to get a clean room and a uniquely local experience. But the top hotels, like the Hotel Khreschatyk next to Independence Square, set the bar very high.
Where to stay
If you want the total wow factor from your accommodation, you have to stay somewhere near Independence Square. All of the big historic sights are easy to reach by metro or on foot, and hundreds of places to eat, drink, and shop are within quick striking distance. Among the many standout hotels in this area is the Radisson Blu Kyiv Podil.
It’s also great to stay within sight of St. Sophia’s Church at a luxury hotel like the Hyatt Regency Kiev. The InterContinental Kiev is also around the corner in a stunning historic building which allows its guests to walk out the door and onto the light-filled plaza where the churches stand sentinel.