Making a business trip to Kiev will soon be less of a hardship with the opening of a first class Hyatt hotel. Until a 255-room Radisson appeared on the scene, about a year ago, the Ukrainian capital couldn't boast a single international standard hotel.
Today's demand for decent accommodation in Kiev from visiting business people is such that the Radisson has weekday room rates starting from Euros 292 (GBP197) for a standard and Euros 333 (GBP225) for a business class room with junior suites priced at Euros 383 (GBP258). And there are no reductions at weekends. This in a city where the average wage is around GBP100 a month.
Now Hyatt has announced it will bring its first class Regency brand to Kiev next May (the exact date has yet to be finalised). The 234-room hotel will be located close to the Old Town and Saint Sophia Cathedral.
The competition is to be welcomed but strong demand means that room rates (not yet published) will be on the high side. Guests can expect all today's luxuries and facilities including a choice of F & B outlets, fitness centre with spa and swimming pool, in-room safe and broadband etc.
For more information go to hyatt.com.
Report by Alex McWhirter