Accommodation

Where to stay in Ukraine?

Accommodation for any size of wallet is available in Ukraine although just as economic development is not even across the country, the range of options may vary significantly on where you plan to stay.

Kiev, pushed by the Euro 2012 Championship hosting, now offers guests with a wide accommodation “menu”.  Short-term visitors can reasonably stay either at the numerous hotels (or hostels) or can rent an apartment. Expats, working in the country for a long term, commonly rent apartments or houses.

Besides Kiev, Lviv, Odessa, Crimea peninsula, some locations of the Carpathian and Trans-Carpathian regions (e.g. Bukovel, Slavsko, Volovetz ski areas; Kamianetz-Podilsky, Uzhorod) can show off with the most developed tourist infrastructure and wide range of accommodations.

There are a few international hotel chains presented in Ukraine but that is not enough for the whole country which has an enormous historical heritage and significant recreational capacity. Most of them are of 5 and 4 stars categories and heavily concentrated in Kiev. A few Ukrainian hotel chains and private top-range hotels, which had been set up before the international competitors came, have been trying to hold their position. Frankly, some of them have made a go of it. For example, Odessa, Donetsk and Crimea may be defined as the destinations with the highest density of local high-rank hotels. Nevertheless, still limited choice affects the hotel prices in Ukraine and so rates here often exceed the European corresponding categories.

It’s often a tricky question to find an option for good quality at a reasonable price here. Mini-hotels and private apartments to rent may be considered as the best choice in the middle price category. Ex-Soviet hotels, commonly announced as 2-3 stars accommodation, suffer from insufficient management and their service often does not match the European standards.

It would be reasonable not to rely on finding accommodation aligned with international standards outside the big cities, popular touristic areas or far from the key intercity highways. The deprived parts of Ukraine have been rambling between socialism and initial capitalism, having gained almost nothing.

Ukraine is friendly to backpackers and you easily get lifts (either for charge or for free – up to chance) elsewhere in the country. “Green” or ecologic tourism has become more and more popular in Ukraine, especially in the Western region, so if you either need just an asylum for a night or intend to experience rural facilities, you get your chance.

Following the Ukrainian car market growth, mini-motels have appeared along the main highways and on the big cities fringes. Sometimes restaurant and recreational complexes offer services as well as an overnight stay. As regards Kiev suburbs, Varshavska and both Obukhivsky intercity highways are famous for high concentration of these places.

Besides common tourist seasonal price movements, there are a few particular dates for charges growth:
Jan, 1st-8th: New Year and the Orthodox Christmas decade;
May 1st-9th: so called ‘May holidays’, all over CIS, incl. Ukraine;
Apr, 1st: ‘The Humour Day’ in Odessa;
Last weekend of May: ‘The Kyiv Day’, Kiev;
The middle-end of May: the chestnut trees and lilac blooming period in Kiev – the best and the most overcrowded period in the capital;
Aug, 24th and - usually – the neighbour days: ‘The Independence Day’, all over the country, the locals capture the sea cost;
Jun, 15th – Sep, Oct (depending on the weather): the high beach season on the Black Sea coast resorts.

For more details on the particular accommodation types, visit the relevant Forum subcategories, please.

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