Best hotels and hostels in Southern Ukraine

  • Lodging in Odesa

    Hotel Londonskaya

    A grand old dame chilling out on Odesa's main promenade, Londonskaya has hosted such dignitaries as Robert Louis Stevenson and Anton Chekhov in the imperial times, and remains the lodgings of choice for the modern-day smart set. With iron-lace balustrades, stained-glass windows, parquet flooring and an inner courtyard, the place still oozes Regency charm. Curiously, the 'English' name was invented by the hotel's French founder in 1846.

  • Lodging in Odesa

    Mozart Hotel

    As the name suggests, this place epitomises European luxury, with elegant furnishings and a calm, light-filled interior tucked behind its refurbished neoclassical facade. The 40 rooms are individually decorated and the location, across from the Opera & Ballet Theatre, is perfect. Note, however, that the cheapest singles have no windows. Buffet breakfast is an extra 200uah.

  • Lodging in Odesa

    Hostel Hipstel

    By investing in a competent designer, this establishment, located on the 1st floor of a stately 19th-century house, has put itself head and shoulders above other apartment hostels in Odesa. Dorms come in different sizes (some are a little cramped), but all bunk beds come with orthopedic mattresses and curtains. A reasonable shower/guest ratio prevents morning queues.

  • Lodging in Odesa

    Babushka Grand Hostel

    While Odesa's other hostels are decidedly for the young, day-sleeping crowd, the wonderfully named Grand Babushka, occupying a palatial apartment near the train station, has a more laid-back, traveller vibe. The stuccoed interiors and crystal chandeliers are stunning, the staff fun and occasionally a real Ukrainian babushka arrives to cook up a feast.

  • Lodging in Odesa

    Hotel Ayvazovsky

    From the Chesterfield sofas in the foyer to the spacious, European-standard bedrooms with high ceilings to the design-magazine-perfect bathrooms, this soothing, 27-room hotel in the heart of the city centre is worth every hryvnya. Continental breakfast is delivered to your room every morning, and staff can book tours and countless other services.

  • Lodging in Odesa

    Frapolli 21

    Escaping from Odesa's humid heat and urban decay into this small but sparkling clean ultramodern space, with very comfy beds and 21st century bathrooms, is a blessing. Thin walls are not, so a pair of earplugs may come in handy. Buffet breakfast meets the highest of Ukrainian standards and there is a nice bar with relaxing armchairs in the lobby.

  • Lodging in Odesa

    Gagarinn

    Towering above Arkadia beach, this slick 21st-century mammoth has seized the market niche once controlled by Soviet Intourist dinosaurs. Busy like an anthill, it has the expected bland-but-comfortable rooms, good sound isolation and splendid sea views. Seldom fully booked, it's a fairly safe option if you need to find a room with short notice.

  • Lodging in Odesa

    Frederic Koklen

    Odesa's most sumptuous boutique hotel has guests gushing about the exceptional service, the luxurious period ambience and the great location. Rooms in this renovated mansion are studies in 18th- and 19th-century imperial-era style, and the attention to detail, quality of materials and standard of maintenance are exceptional for Ukraine.

  • Lodging in Odesa

    Consul Hotel

    Not a conventional hotel, but rather a collection of large and very well-appointed rooms above a tiny reception area. In addition to comfy beds, rooms are furnished with couches, study desks and tables. Breakfast is not available, but the area is packed with restaurants. Each room is equipped with a kettle, fridge and kitchenware.

  • Lodging in Odesa

    Black Sea Rishelyevskaya

    Size matters when it comes to value for money in Odesa. This 1970s glass-and-concrete tower might be an eyesore, but it shelters a multitude of spacious and mostly renovated – if rather bland – rooms, which go for a price you simply won't find anywhere else in the centre without compromising on comfort. Breakfast is extra. Rates offered on international booking sites tend to be considerably lower than on the hotel's own site.

  • Lodging in Odesa

    Black Sea Panteleymonivska

    Although in a slightly dodgy area, this hotel stretches your hryvnya a long way at the midrange level. While the decor is hit or miss, the generous size of the rooms, professional service and overall modernity of this 100-room high-rise make up for it. Note that rates on popular international booking sites are often lower than the hotel's own site.

  • Lodging in Odesa

    Yekaterina II

    Tucked away in a quiet courtyard right in the epicentre of Odesa's sightseeing and nightlife, this hotel occupies the upper floors of a residential building. Rooms face a ballet school, behind which you can just make out a thin line of the sea. The interior design is a little bland, but rooms have balconies and air-con.