Kyiv's typical hotel is an unappealing Soviet high-rise with an array of rooms to suit different budgets, from unrenovated economy-class (think old, funny-coloured wallpaper, creaky furniture and not-so-clean bathrooms) to perfectly acceptable if faceless modern standards, usually equipped with air-con and internet access.
Conveniently for tourists, many hotels offer considerable discounts during weekends and long holiday periods (22 December to 12 January, 24 April to 11 May, and 30 June to 30 August) when business travellers stay home. Yet generally prices in midrange hotels are at least double those in other Ukrainian cities.
You can significantly reduce your expenses without compromising on comfort by renting an apartment. This cannot be overemphasised and applies even for short stays. Apartments are available in all budget categories and offer substantial savings (up to 40%) on the same level of hotel accommodation.
Kyiv has a lovely hostel scene, a typical hostel being a large converted apartment sleeping about 20 people. Owners and staff are often fellow travellers who you will find cooking in the kitchen and sleeping on a mat in the common room. For more Kyiv hostels check www.hihostels.com.ua and international hostel sites.
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