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Kyiv Post: Top hotels to open in Kyiv, adding nearly 1,700 rooms
20 February 2012
Around a decade ago, Ukraine’s capital city Kyiv had no five-star hotels.

But on the eve of the Euro 2012 football championship, which Ukraine is co-hosting with Poland, they continue to pop up like mushrooms in a moist forest.

Four five-star hotels, all built up with the fortunes of domestic businessmen, currently operate in this city of more than three million people. Four more are expected to open their doors within the next year or two, but don’t expect exorbitant prices for top-of-the-line-hotels in Kyiv to fall.

The doors to Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv, Kyiv’s fifth top-end hotel, will open on March 1. Located on the banks of Kyiv’s Dnipro River in the Podil district, the Fairmont will open in time to host guests attending the Euro 2012 games in June-July.

Spending a night in one of 258 rooms in this posh hotel will start at about 300 euros. Prices for 35 suites, including the extra-luxurious Royal and Presidential suites, will be much higher.

The hotel has a spa, a 1,000-square meter conference hall and a 480-square meter ballroom. The facilities also include a restaurant, a bar and two lounge rooms.

Part of the global Fairmont Hotels and Resorts chain, the new Kyiv-based Fairmount will be the first of its kind to appear in Eastern Europe. Ukrainian businessman Leonid Yurushev, who has developed several hotels in Ukraine including the five-star InterContinental and four-star Riviera, is the investor behind the $120 million Fairmont hotel in Kyiv.

The Fairmont group has also teamed up with another Ukrainian business group, KDD, in developing another five-star hotel in Kyiv, Swissotel.

Construction of the Swissotel complex, located on Peremohy Prospekt, is currently under way. Upon completion this or next year, it is expected to be the biggest five-star hotel in town with more than 500 rooms.

The hotel will be part of the Sky Towers complex, reaching 165 and 210 meters, making the buildings the highest skyscrapers in the city yet.

Hilton is another internationally recognized hotel brand that is soon to break onto the Kyiv market. Currently under construction across the Old Botanic Garden on Taras Shevchenko Boulevard, the Hilton Kyiv is scheduled to open its doors this September.

The $70 million project is operated by Hilton International Corporation and is owned by International Business Centre Ltd. The hotel will offer 257 rooms, a presidential suite, a business center, 13 meeting rooms, a ballroom as well as fitness and spa.

The $100 million Sofitel, to be located in the heart of Kyiv on Lyuteranska street, is the most recent luxury hotel development project announced.

The nearly 300-room Sofitel will have two restaurants, a bar, spa and fitness center. According to the hotel’s director Robert Gaymer-Jones, the price of a room is expected to be about $300 per night. Two new and more affordable four-star hotels, which Ukraine still lacks, are also expected to open their doors by the end of this year.

The 180-room Leipzig, located in the very heart of Kyiv near the Golden Gate, is being developed by Mohammad Zahoor’s ISTIL Group, which owns the Kyiv Post.

A Holiday Inn hotel is also scheduled to start operating in Kyiv this year.

Separately, the Radisson Blu, the first five-star hotel in Ukraine’s picturesque Carpathian Mountains, was originally scheduled to open its doors this month. But unexpected delays have put off a formal opening of the hotel, which is located close to Ukraine’s popular Bukovel ski resort.

Source: Kyiv Post

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