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Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, is a city confused. The local language is called surzhyk and is a mix of Russian and Ukrainian that full-blooded Russians don’t consider Russian and Ukrainians don’t consider Ukrainian. Very few people here use the country’s language of Ukrainian.
Kiev is a large city, and what makes it seem even bigger is that everything is so spread out. Each nightclub is a taxi ride away from the next because there is no concentrated area of good clubs and pubs. Even the sights are not easy to get to.
Kiev hostels are all over the place as well, although there are more around the main street: Kreshchatyk, than in other areas of the city. From this area there are a few very cheap places to eat, with food reminiscent of a school cafeteria: cheap and cooked in large quantities.
Kiev hostels seem to almost all be members of two chains. If you stay at one of the hostels in a chain, they will try to force you to stay at another of theirs in a different city. We recommend doing your own research and deciding based on that. I would also say check on the map where the Kiev hostels are as many of them will bend the truth about how close really are to the sights or train station.
Many Kiev hostel owners seem to live in their hostels. In this kind of hostel the owners do their cooking, eating, and sleeping in either the common room or in the dorm with the other backpackers. These hostels are also run more like coach surfing places than a normal hostel, but if that is what you like then you will be happy there.
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HI - Kiev - Yaroslav Hostel
"Hostel Yaroslav is a little out of the centre of Kiev -- but close to Kontraktova Ploscha metro station. Staying out of the centre allows you to experience more of authentic Kiev and this part of the Podil area can be one of the most exciting parts of any visit to Kiev. The hostel itself is located in a courtyard off Yaroslavska street -- it is not well marked but there is a painted youth hostel symbol painted on the archway leading to the...
Kristina's Place Kiev
"Kristina's Place Kiev happily welcomes all backpackers to discover Kiev while enjoying the comfort and inviting atmosphere of our hostel. With the highest standards of quality and commodities offered, you are sure to benefit from your stay with us. Hostel conditions: ! Very clean rooms ! Satellite TV ! Hot shower/ Bath ! Well equipped kitchen at your disposal ! Free internet/ Wi-Fi Located near: - Nightclub - Shop - Shopping mall - Banks,...
Kiev Central Station Hostel
"Kiev Central Station Hostel is the winner of the 2009 best hostel in Ukraine so we expected it to be a great place to stay. You would think this one must outshine the other hostels in Kiev, but in fact it was the opposite. Maybe it went downhill after the award, but this hostel is more like a person’s flat then a hostel. The Location The location could not be worse -- twenty minutes uphill from the train station with no trams or bus...
Ukraine Kiev Backpackers
"… Metro Station (Zoloty Vorota). From this metro, you are 3 stops to the Lavra and World War 2 museum. Golden Domes, Cave Monastery (total travel time 13 minutes). 5. WE are the CENTER!!!!!!! (Independence square 8 m?n walk) St Sofia 8min, walk ,Golden Gate 4 min walk, 8 minutes walk to the Main Str. (Kreschatyk str) and we are within walking distends form Kiev TRAIN Station (5 min by Metro) 10 minutes walk to Andriyvskiy Descent...
Really Central Hostel Kiev
"It could be better - well if you stay in a single or double room the place could be good. in a dorm is complicated there is no air conditioning. there is only one shower for all the people, but staff are very helpful and is centrally located." … "Really central hostel has brigth rooms and great location next to Teatralna metro station." … "… to help you 24/7. Free map and Linen We promise you the best quality and the...
"… Station. Free Wi-Fi and a 24-hour reception are featured at Hostel Kiev-Art. The private and dormitory rooms offer simple décor, and all rooms are air-conditioned. The shared bathrooms are in the hallway. Guests can cook their meals in the shared fully equipped kitchen, complete with a dining area. A variety of cafés and restaurants can be found within a 5-minute walk from the hostel. The Frolovskiy Monastery is 300 metres from...
Downtown Hostel Kiev
"Recommend to others. - Short walk from the Metro, up 5 flights of Stairs (no big hassle), clean, good beds, lacks a kitchen." … "… Arena entertaining complex with a lot discos and bars. We promise you the best quality and the best location for a low price in Kiev. Our hostel in Kiev was purchased with the idea of being a good hostel that we would like to stay in ourselves; this is why everything is so at hand and relaxed....
"… and cutlery. It is a bright place with big windows in every room. We have air-conditioning and fly-screens in our dorms, so no bug bites while you are sleeping. We have thick comfy mattresses, individual metal lockers for everybody in the dorm. Clean ironed linens and face towels are included in the price. Our common room has a plasma TV with the US and UK channels, DVD player, movies in English, a PC for those guests that...
Hostel Kiev Backpackers
"TIU KievBackpackers is the flagship of the TUI chain in Ukraine. The owner and founder of the TUI chain lives in this hostel in the common room, making it feel like someone's home instead of a hostel. It is very hard to find from the directions given and we had to ask some guy if he knew where the hostel was. The Location The location is great, very central and with lots of bars and a club nearby -- it has everything you want. The...
"… electrical disruptions, and insects like in other much older hostels. The hostel also provides the service of exchanging currencies for the guests convenience- at no additional charge, ofcourse. Check-in time is 12:00 p.m. Check-out time is 11:00 a.m. However if you require earlier or later check in or check out times please do not hesitate to contact us and we will make arrangements that suit you best. If you'll come earlier...
Why Not? Chillout Kiev
"Why Not? Chillout Kiev is located very close to the center of Kiev, just five minutes on foot from the main street Kreshtatyk. It is open during the whole year. The price is very reasonable for Kiev, considering the location, and you have all the basics that are to be expected from a hostel. The Location The location is quite good, but the building itself is hard to find, so be persistent. The hostel is just in the center of Kiev,...
"… free walking tours and cultural events for every day! Free Wi-Fi connection and guest computers are set in the hostel. We also provide you with a fully equipped kitchen. It is not just a bed to sleep. Care about cleanliness? We appreciate the importance of clean facilities therefore we'll be cleaning all day long, making sure everything is spotless. We also do! Managed by a young and energetic team, we make sure that you will feel...
Independence Square Hostel Kiev
"One Step Independence Square Hostel isn't actually in Independence Square -- it's closer to Golden Gate or Kreschatuk Metros (but Independence Square is five minutes' walk). The Location The hostel is on Patorzhinskogo, the cross street -- that's what 18/1 means -- a building on an intersection (the second number is the address on the other street, not the apartment number). Once you find it, the location is pretty good, nestled among...
City Center Hostel
"City Center Hostel is hard to find, we had to walk up and down the stairs looking for numbers on the door. If you go to the top and look for a very small sign next to door you will find it. The building is across from a large McDonald’s which is easy to find. When you walk in everything is bright, new, and clean. The check-in desk is like a hotel. The Location It's right off the Independence Square next to large McDonald’s -- you can’t...
"… nights, game evenings, pub crawling, beer nights, Night Life tour and other unforgettable special events. CANCELLATION POLICY: Our cancellation policy for individuals demands a 48h advance notice, charging 100% of the 1st night in case of no show or later notice and 100% of the whole amount in period of Euro-2012. Our cancellation policy for groups demands a 5 days advance notice, charging 50% of the entire stay in case of no...
Dream Story Hostel
"… is located in a big apartment and consists of four rooms, common hall with a kitchen. Here we have 3 renovated bathrooms, with 2 showers and 24h hot water, so no more queues to the shower. If you want to feel yourself more comfortable you may try our private rooms where you will feel yourself like at the little and cozy place with wonderful view on the main street or Olympic Stadium! Recent rennovation, new furniture, modern...
"Salve Hostel is a decent family-run hostel -- your hosts are Dima and his wife and son. While they are very nice people, some might find a whole managerial family in residence a little cloying. The Location This really isn't on Independence Square -- it's closer to Golden Gate, or Kreschatuk Metros. Then it isn't on Prorizna (cross street and up hill from Kreschatuk Metro); it's on Patorzhinskogo, the cross street. That's what 18/1...
"… common room: you’ll have a place to hide if something burnt down on the stove :-) • WC is separated from the bathroom: two lines are always quicker than one :-) • Huge open balcony: we don’t smoke inside but we respect your rights. • We don’t close for cleaning: we have enough space! • We always have hot water! • Every guest gets a bathroom set (shower gel&shampoo); • Transfer services are provided with comfortable Mitsubishi...
Why not? Kiev
"Why not? Kiev is extremely social with good opportunities to meet people and make friends. It is very lively, with plenty of guests that are just staying for few days or staying for longer term. The Location It is easy to find. From the main train station, you can walk (it takes about twenty-five minutes). After leaving the train station go straight Kominternu Street, then take the second right Saksahanskoho Street and go to number 30...
Magic Bus Kiev
"Magic Bus Kiev is a friendly, good-time hostel decorated in a bright, funky style, but it can be a little small -- there is no living or common room, so people are forced into the kitchen or reception or hallways couch and chairs. The Location Located near the southern downtown hub of Lva Tolstogo, you are close to the metro, bars, movies, and restaurants. This is one of the premium areas in Kiev, with hippie kids hanging near the...
Main Square Hostel
"we provide a word and friendly that welcomes travelers from all over the world. we will give you free map by arrival and guide you to see all famous attractions of the city . Welcome to the best located hostel in Kiev named Golden Gates. Hostel provide 8 mix dorm rooms .few private room and 4 mix dorm. We have 27 beds and we can accommodate groups!" … "… of Kiev but still to avoid the busiest and the crowded place in...
Kozatskiy on Antonova
"… a good choice of a hotel in Kiev is sometimes more difficult than it appears. Especially if you have a limited budget. That is why if you do not wish to loose your time and money Hotel 'Kozatskiy on Antonova' is the one you need. Our hotel offers its domestic atmosphere of a mini-hotel, kind service and budget prices. Hotel 'Kozatskiy on Antonova' is a branch of Hotel 'Kozatskiy' and is located in a nearest to downtown...
Park Hostel Kiev
"Hostel Kiev is situated 2 minutes walk from the nearest grocery stores, cafes, post office, shops, currency exchange, hairdresser, pharmacy. The Hostel has an independent heating system, hot and cold water supply round the clock, and is monitored with CCTV day and night. Entrance to the hostel is from the street that has a convenient parking lot, equipped with the video monitoring system, where you can leave your car or park a bus." …...
Dream House Hostel
"Comfortable Hostel in Kiev - Convenient and comfortable hostel, staff very friendly. The only knock (if looking for one) is that it doesn't quite have the same charm and character of some of the smaller hostels in Ukraine. Which might be a good thing depending on how many converted home style hostels you've stayed in." … "Great Atmosphere - Lovely Hostel in a wonderful part of town. Very affordable shared rooms. The rooms are very...
Olive Hostel Kiev
"Our advantages are 1 minute walk to the main stadium "Olympic" and 5 minutes to the central street of the country.Khreschatyk Street. In 5min-walking area around us you can find -Arena Entertainment Complex with night clubs shops and a gallery of modern art PinchukArtCentre -Metro station "Palatz sporty" - Metro station "Ploshcha Lva Tolstogo" - Supermarket "Billa" In addition, in 2-minute walk from us there is cinema, Pizza, Japanese...
Mini Hostel Kiev
"Mini Hostel Kiev is located two metro stations or twenty minutes on foot from the center of Kiev. Mini Hostel Kiev offers great service, which is much better than the average Ukrainian standards. There are many things that you receive additionally in the hostel so it is a good option for staying in Kiev. The Location The location is relatively good and very easy to find. However, be sure to have the number of the hostel because there...
Roots Kiev Hostel
"… 2 separate toilets, 1 bathroom - Lockers - Center location, free maps - Equipped kitchen - Free Walking tours every day, personal guide - Laundry, dish washing machine - Linens and towels included - No curfew - Smoking areas - Tea, coffee for free - Children and pets friendly place - Workshops and special discount for teachers - Fireplace in the gym - Speaking English, French, Russian, Ukrainian Please note:...
"Plus Hostel is centrally located in the heart of Kiev, 10 min to Olympic Stadium and 15-20 min to main street Khreschatyk, Plus Hostel located in very good area with nearby cafes, bars and restaurants. Nearby is unique old very high Catholic church 'House of Organ and Chamber Music' and towers of it you can see from almost any hill in Kiev. For our guests we can offer three private rooms, 8 and 12 double bed rooms, Free Wi-Fi, Bedlinens,...
Domino Hostel Kiev
"… in a clean, well-equipped rooms. The choice of the individual double rooms with double bed, triple and quadruple rooms with separate beds and rooms where you can rent a bed or a cozy lodge group. Our 8-10-bed rooms are spacious, with a strong bunk beds. All beds have new full-elastic mattresses, comfortable pillows and blankets, quality linen. Each bed in the common rooms with individual lockers is complemented by access. Showers...
Maison Blanche B&B
"Maison Blanche B&B Kyiv - is a Bed & Breakfast hotel. It is located in the old part of Kyiv in the mansion of the XIX century (the Lviv area). In walking distance of St. Michael and St. Sophia Cathedral, St. Andrew's descent, Golden Gate, Khreschatyk and Maidan. Near supermarket and shop of organic products Natur Boutique (5, Vorovskogo str.). In the lobby of the hotel is a guests room with TV, a computer for public use, a library, chess,...
"… You can completely rely on our support because we sincerely care about our guests! If you would like to get acknowledged with the Ukrainian cuisine staying in our hostel will provide you with a great opportunity to do this! You will see yourself really great if you stay in our mini-hotel, because: - It is located in the apartment of the elite class creating a pleasant feeling of comfort and cosiness - Our administrators are...
5 Doors Hostel
"… advice -city maps -Taxi call service -on-screen Nintendo Wii “ tournament with winnings -Club-, Disco-, Bar- and Pubcrawls -free city tours and a lot more... Services for a fee: -every private transfers (please make a request) airport, clubs, bars -usage of laundry -Chernobyl tours (please reserve 10 days before) -AK-47, gun shooting and tank riding -other special tours and events -Higher Class...
"… is available 5 minutes from the hostel. Also driver can meet guests at the airport 24 hours, one way shuttle will cost 70 UAH. Free: •High-speed WI-FI •Use of computers in the business center •Kettle •Hairdryer •Ironing •Regular change of bed linen •First-aid kit, call medical worker •Services "Lost" and "Alarm” Applying additional charge: •24 Hour transfer Airport / Hostel / Airport, in any place in Kiev and Ukraine •Rent a car,...
"… Tea, coffee and drinking water are always available. 24-hour food shop is just in 3 minute walk from Gagarin Hostel. Nearby there is a variety of cafes and restaurants offering to taste international and Ukrainian cuisine. The Hostel is located in the cultural center of Kyiv in close vicinity to such city's popular sites as Pinchuk Art Center and Khreschatyk (1,3 km distance). Distance to Pechers`ka Lavra is 2 km. On the prior...
Khreshchatyk Central Hostel
"Welcome to Kiev! Our hostel is located in the heart of Kiev, near the presidential administration and the House with Chimeras. 3-5 minute walk from Khreshchatyk, Independence Square, Mariinsky Park and Bessarabka area. Beautiful and kind Ukrainian staff is ready to help you 24/7. We promise you the best quality and the best location for a low price in Kiev." … "… and see the house where we are located. Our address -...
YAK Olympic Hostel
"… free Wi-Fi and a shared fully equipped kitchen. Olimpiyska Metro Station is 3 minutes’ walk away. Set in the city centre, Yak Olympic Hostel provides quick access to Kiev’s main attractions, such as the Golden Gates, 7 minutes’ metro ride away. Maidan Nezalezhnosti Square is 2 metro stops from the hostel. Every rroom at Yak Olympic has modern décor and carpeted floors. Shared bathrooms include a shower. Guests can use fully...
"… находится в 2 минутах езды от хостела. На территории есть круглосуточная парковка с охраной. В километре - лесная зона с парковой зоной, Голубым озером и пляжем. Наш Хостел идеально подходит для размещения индивидуальных гостей и групп, приезжающих в Киев. Для приезжающих на выставки и мероприятия это, несомненно, хорошее предложение. От Хостела до входа в выставочный центр 1,5 километра или 2 минуты езды. Наш Хостел находится в...
"… five minutes from the metro Pozniaky. Freedom will save your money and its location will save your time! Here you will find everything you need for a comfortable staying. Freedom Hotel equipped with everything necessary for living, that are: cable TV, free wi-fi internet access, iron, hair dryer, wardrobe, bed, washing machine, kitchen equiped for cooking - fridge, microwave, dishes, Parking. The general condition of rooms -...
"… a night or rest after a walk or an excursion. Kiev FanZone Hostel works 24 hours a day. We have free Wi-Fi Internet access. It pays to stay at our hostel that at hotels because we don't need to maintain numerous staff or to pay big money for rent. However, quality of service and accommodation at our hostel is very high, and you can ascertain that by looking at the pictures. Please note: Cancellation policy: 24h advance notice Late...
OK Hostel Kiev
"… of the city of Kiev. Nearby are restaurants, pizzerias, sushi bars, snack bars, pubs, bakeries, cafeterias, night clubs, theater, food store, shopping center and the attractions that are worth visiting if you're new in Kiev. Just this neighborhood called the Golden Gate - the street of embassies, close to the 'OK Hostel' are embassies of almost all European countries, which means increased safety here. Please note:...
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Kiev Travel Tips & Suggestions
What an amazing, beautiful city! In my opinion Kiev is the forgotten treasure in Europe. It's streets ooze dynamism, people are beautiful, architecture is breathtaking. On weekends they close the main street so it turns into a pedestrian street. Even the metro stations are imposing! Everything's very cheap so you can enjoy your stay there with no problems. Visiting Lavra Monastery is a must, but the whole city will captivate you at first sight. One negative point is that cleaning in the streets is conspicuous by its absence.
Kiev is a nice city. There is no info center in the city and no one can talk english in the city so the info at my hostel was a must.
Kiev is great, but has nothing in common with Prague. It is very interesting, cheap, and safe, but I would not really call it beautiful except for the Orthodox churches. Those make it an Orthodox Rome and the monastery is superb. The city itself reminded me more of Moscow but smaller. English usually does not help -- there are very few tourists.
— Hostel Hater
This city will soon surpass Prague as the cool new destination. Public transit only 10 cents U.S. Admission to museums and clubs is very cheap, and food is cheaper than central Europe. Folks are fairly polite, even lining up patiently for many buses. Lots of folks riding public transit, which is mildly crowded, but I did not have a sense of concern for pickpockets or personal safety here, ever. The main touristic areas are first rate, easy to access, and have a good variety of restaurants nearby.
— Texas Doug
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