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“beware of single classic room” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Podol Plaza
Ranked #27 of 115 Hotels in Kiev
Certificate of Excellence
Bucharest, Romania
Level Contributor
12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“beware of single classic room”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2012

If you travel single for business, try not to get the Single classic room. It is smaller than the bathroom on the Single King Room. I had to upgrade via my travel agent and with extra $$$, as the receptionists did not even consider offering me something better. Hotel was empty. At check-out they tried to charge me as well for the upgrade. In total I probably spent 1 hour waiting for the upgrade and to checkout without paying twice.
Apart from this, the hotel was reasonable, rooms facing main street may be noisy in the morning, Breakfast is ok if you ask a la carte. Area is good, walking distance to nice restaurants.

to sum-up, next time I will choose elsewhere :)

Room Tip: do not book single classic.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank alstmo
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Hebrew first
  • Italian first
  • Polish first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
110 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2012

The hotel is in the Podol district a short tube ride from the Centre of Kiev. The tube is helpfully just across the street, and is very cheap and very easy to use. Podol itself has a number of great bars and coffee shops, and its not too hard to find somewhere to eat or drink that has a waiterr with a little english language on the main street. (though beware rip-off merchants tarantinos!)

The hotel itself surpassed expectations.The rooms were well furnished, the heating was good, the bathroom was clean and hot water was plentiful. Beds and pillows were clean and comfortable, and the mirror/safe/bathrobes/slippers were nice touches.The free wifi was extremely helpful and fast enough for uploads/downloads.

The breakfast was, compared to other hotels in this part of the world, very good, with decent bread, meat, cheese, boiled eggs, cereal and juice. The waiters at breakfast didnt have great english so some of the orders were wrong, but frankly if you cant live with fried instead of scrambled then you are going to have way more problems travelling in the Ukraine than the wrong type of eggs.

The hotel restaurant was very good and there was one waiter in particular that spoke immaculate english and made good recommendations.

The reception staff were very helpful, and the concierge was more than happy to book trips and arrange tickets and taxis.

All in all, for the price, the rating and the location it was a great hotel.

Room Tip: higher floors mean hotter rooms but less noise from the trams
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank BecR2
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London, England
Level Contributor
21 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2011

The hotel is friendly and clean. Rooms are reasonable size. The bathroom was a bit dated but the shower had amazing water pressure. I was given a room facing the front of the hotel and as others have said, the trams do start at around 0530 ish – if you are a light sleeper then make sure you request a room facing the courtyard. Walls are very thin – could hear the couple next door arguing for three days – try not to get a room with a heavy snorer next door.
The restaurant is a separate building in the middle of the courtyard which serves reasonable food. You do need to try to attract the waiters attention as they are rarely in the restaurant and there is no indication that guests have arrived (a bell would be useful above the door). Breakfast however is very limited with some tired meats and cheeses. Coffee and juices taste mass produced and there is very little choice of alternatives. I discovered on the second day that they can cook eggs for special orders but it is not advertised anywhere.
If you do stay, check the price list of the inventory of your room,. It seems that they must have had people stealing everything from a towel to a wardrobe.
Security outside is 24hr but rather grim and makes you feel like you are entering your hotel illegally:-)
Would recommend this for short stays – is local to trams and shops -
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Room Tip: Make sure you get a room facing the courtyard. Bring loads of movies - TV is only in Russian on all...
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Grumpypaul69
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Dorchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
17 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2011

I've stayed at this hotel on four separate trips to Kyiv - I think its the best 'value for money' hotel in Kyiv. The reasons are -

- Two (!) Irish bars within 100 metres (good selection of beers and snacks when you get back from the office);
- Local restaurants and bars all have english menus;
- 75 metres to metro station;
- Very clean and comfortable rooms;
- Good security (but a bit gangsta!)

The reasons I didn't give it 5 stars -
- The rooms at the front of the hotel are a bit noisy - the local trams start at 06.00 in the morning and make a din as they rattle by (so you must ask for a room overlooking the courtyard);
- The breakfast room is a little small and gets crowded in the winter (there is al fresco dining in the summer);
- Breakfast is not brilliant (they dont advertise it but fresh omlette or fried eggs are available) :-)
- Restaurant is very expensive in the evening;
- Still has an old soviet feel about it (when you check out security check the room to make sure you haven't stolen the TV).

Room Tip: Book a room overlooking the courtyard - much quieter
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank GrahamVingoe
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Denmark
Level Contributor
9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2011

Clean and peaceful hotel on the Podol area, very close to a metro station, a market, nice restaurants, the river: Anything you might want if you are a tourist in Kiev.
The staff is super friendly, the rooms are clean and quiet, and in general the hotel is very nice.
Just one thing: Breakfast is a disaster! Service is quite bad, tea and coffee are always cold, the buffet is unconistent, you never know what you will find, and you have no way to know you can order some eggs or a typical kasha unless you see someone else is having that. They need to improve on that, but even with this, we are very happy we stayed at the Podol Plaza. Thanks!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank LandYDenmark
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Alkmaar, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
28 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2011

the hotel had a friendly staff, the beds where good and the room was in a good condition. the bathroom looked well maintained. the rooms where quiet (i had a room facing the street).
i used the restaurant for diner and breakfast. the food was good the breakfast was a'la carte.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Jeff-Vrieling
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Chisinau
Level Contributor
38 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2011

Location is good.Close to metro station.Wireless internet is everywhere and free.Free and safe parking for car.Walls between rooms are very thin so you hear everything what they talk and what they do next room.Bathroom is old fashined and very simple.Breakfast was very poor.I Stayed 4 days and everyday tea and coffee was cold.Security waiting outside look at you strangely all the time you want to enter the hotel, like you want to steal something.

Room Tip: Try to get a room next to free rooms as you hear eveything what happens next door including how they...
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank cojusna
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Property: Podol Plaza
Address: Konstantinovskaya str, 7, Kiev 04071, Ukraine
Region: Ukraine > Kiev
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#19 Luxury Hotel in Kiev
#20 Business Hotel in Kiev
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Podol Plaza 4*
Number of rooms: 57
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