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InterContinental hotels are always superb but InterContinental Kyiv blew me away. This hotel is gorgeous beyond belief and the entire staff was amazing. I was a little nervous about visiting Kiev because I didn’t really know much about the city but this hotel made me feel right at ease.
From Boryspil International Airport, it was a 30-minute taxi ride and it cost around 550 UAH which is about $21 USD. Make sure to catch a taxi outside the terminal and do not accept a ride from the hagglers because most likely they will rip you off. The taxi ride should cost anywhere between 450 - 600 UAH. Always agree on a price with your driver before getting in the vehicle.
As soon as my taxi pulled up to the hotel, the staff came out to greet me and carried my bags for me. Check-in was very smooth and the general manager personally came out to greet me and gave me his business card if anything was needed. He was also kind enough to upgrade my room to an Executive Room that came with club lounge access. After everything was squared away, one of the staff members took me up to my room and showed me all the features of the room.
I stayed in room 1007 and it was absolutely beautiful. I felt like I was in one of the grand rooms of a palace from the 18th century. It was such a spacious room with a king size bed, work desk, bar area, coffee and tea area, lounge area, and a large bathroom with a tub and separate shower. I was welcomed with a large bottle of water along with some snacks which came in handy because I was starving by the time I arrived at the hotel and needed a quick pick-me-up.
The best part about this room was the view! My jaw dropped when I opened the door to the balcony with stunning views of Kiev and St. Michael’s Monastery right in front of me. I made sure to watch the sunrise and sunset every day I was staying here. Kiev’s golden hour is breathtaking.
I prefer to stay close to the city center but not right in the middle of all the noise and InterContinental Kyiv was just what I needed. Close enough to everything but not too busy on the streets nearby. St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery is right next to the hotel and it’s a beautiful site to see. Just down the road, there are plenty of restaurants, cafes and shops. If you’re in need of Starbucks, there are none in Kiev but the locals say that Aroma Kava is the equivalent of Starbucks. You can find it on every corner in Kiev and right down the road from the hotel.
If you want to go somewhere further like Kiev Pechersk Lavra which is 4km away (2.5 miles), I suggest taking the metro or catching an Uber. I tried both methods of transportation and the metro cost 8 UAH (30¢ USD) one way and an Uber cost $2.50.
STAFF & SERVICE
I absolutely loved the staff at InterContinental Kyiv. Every single person was courteous, helpful and friendly. Their service was exceptional and they always went the extra mile to make sure I was happy with my stay. Anytime I asked for something, I never had to wait more than 5 minutes to get what I needed. One great example is when I told them that my WiFi wasn’t working so well and they immediately put in a personal router in the room. Another great moment was when I asked where one of their restaurants was located inside the hotel and they kindly walked me over to the restaurant. Such exceptional service!
DINING & LOUNGES
Speaking of the restaurants, InterContinental Kyiv has two restaurants on-site, a lounge bar and a rooftop bar. I only had time to dine at one of their restaurants, Comme Il Faut. It’s a beautiful restaurant located on the first floor with a romantic setting and artisan furniture. During the summer, they open their private terrace and I enjoyed both dinner and brunch out on the terrace. Comme Il Faut offers French and Ukrainian dishes celebrating the ancient marriage of King Henry of France and Queen Anne of Kyiv.
For dinner, I had the traditional Ukrainian dishes like the Potato Pancakes and Chicken Kyiv. For brunch, I ordered a custom omelette and French toast. I also ordered one of their summer lemonades and freshly squeezed orange juice. Everything was exquisite. The presentation of every dish that came out seemed like it came straight out of a food magazine.
Since I was upgraded to the Executive Room, I had access to Club InterContinental which came with breakfast in the club lounge, afternoon tea, evening drinks, and a fully equipped Business Centre. I fully enjoyed my breakfast in the club lounge. Their breakfast buffet was amazing. There was so much to choose from that I was getting overwhelmed. There was cheese, deli meats, sushi, fruits, yogurt, pastries, desserts, tea, juice, coffee, and more. I especially loved their assortment of honey and raw honey.
On top of that, the waitress said I could order anything from their a la carte menu as well, so of course I had to. They offered eggs any way you preferred, omelettes, sausages, bacon, fruits, cheese, yogurts, cereals, sweets and toasts. I always want pancakes or waffles when I’m dining out for breakfast so of course I ordered the waffles with fruits and maple syrup. Both dishes were presented so nicely and I enjoyed my brunch tremendously.
As far as other amenities, the hotel offers turndown service, private limousines, courier service, shoe shine, dry cleaning, currency exchange, storage space and more.
There is also a spa, beauty salon, fitness center, swimming pool and sauna on-site.
I truly enjoyed everything about InterContinental Kyiv and didn’t want to leave. The service is exceptional, the rooms are beautiful, the location is perfect and everything else is just fantastic. It’s truly a 5-star hotel.