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Travel Guide to Upscale Kiev

Travel to Kiev can be an upscale experience if you know where to go and where to stay.  While Ukraine’s capital isn’t on anyone’s map of fancy places to go, beginning early 2014 it’s definitively been gaining a momentum. We’ll show all the high-end things Kiev have to offer so that you wont miss Paris, London and even New York that much.

Upscale Kiev Hotel Guide

We’ve already covered the most Luxury Kiev Hotels in 2013 but this year there are a few newcomers deserving extra attention:

Hilton

Finally Kiev gets one of its own Hilton hotels. The place, as you might imagine, is for total luxury lovers and might even topple our favorite Hyatt hotel.

Kiev’s Hilton, like any 5 star stunner, is located downtown, close to the city center, and has:King Guest Room

  • panoramic rooms with a great view
  • fancy pool and a spa
  • 13 meeting rooms, executive lounge and a ball room
  • rooftop restaurant, of course!

King’s room is a total looker and goes for a hefty $500 a night, though great memories and even greater Instagram photos are guaranteed.

More good news, the hotel is only 40 minutes away from Borispol airport.

Marriott Hotel

Marriott is another upgrade on the Kiev hotel scene. The hotel is luxurious though the design and interior, as well as exterior is very much European style, which is why locally the hotel is also called Renaissance hotel. It offers 173 guests rooms, as well as marriott kiev hotel guide 2015expensive suites for anyone with money and taste. The hotel is set to open in Feb 2015 but it promises to quickly become one of the top 5 high-end Kiev hotels.

So buckle in for a very productive 2014, because in 2015 Kiev will be more beautiful and modernized than most used to seeing it.

Next up…

Upscale Kiev Restaurant Guide

kiev nice restaurantsWhat is a fancy restaurant? Well, there’s several pieces of that pie: great design, exquisite service, good choice of wine, tasty food, the crowd of course, and overall, magical atmosphere.

Fancy restaurants in Kiev are typically located on the premises of fancy Kiev hotels. Hyatt, Intercontinental, Hilton and Premiere Palace – all have amazing rooftop restaurants with panoramic Kiev views that make you feel the magic, even if the weather is less than magical.

hotel restaurant rooftop gorgeous kievBesides Kiev hotel restaurants, there’s a few other fancy restaurants on its own. Touch Cafe is one of them. It ‘s a great place to experience typical European vibe and possibly run into other visitors from the same place you are, as Touch is filled with foreigners.

Going to a nice Kiev restaurant can be a good start to a fun night, and with our guidance, you will visit places in Kiev that can cater to the most expensive taste.

Upscale Kiev Club Guide

Kiev is THE place if you like upscale clubs. Most high-end establishments work all the way till the morning and about 50% of its visitors are foreigners. Make sure you dress nice and trendy, sometimes booking a table is the only way to get in.best time kiev fun

Some of the main upscale clubs are located on the Kreschatyk street, within Arena Entertainment complex and along the Independence Square, like Buddha Bar for example.

For more tips on where to go and to have your perfect Kiev VIP experience mapped out, check out our Kiev Nightlight  Guide..or simply call us and we will put together a 5 star program for you or your company!

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Kiev Department Stores

Feel like shopping in Kiev?  Then you might like our guide below that gives you the best scoop on the fanciest and largest Kiev department stores that definitely have the wow factor.

shopping in kiev whereDepartment stores we’ve selected are the most modern, large and host some seriously big names in the fashion and clothing industry, from upscale Italian and French fashion houses, to quality British designers, to good old American brands. Here’s a partial list of what you will find in department stores across town:

  • Pierre Сardin
  • Calvin Klein
  • Tommy Hilfinger
  • Lee Cooper
  • River Island
  • Baldinini
  • Carlo Pazolini

..and many others. Also, as you might imagine, besides fancy things you can buy to wear, Kiev department stores boast nice restaurant areas, some even have a cinema and a mini aqua park.

Kiev was actually ranked among the best in Europe for shopping tourism according to Economist Intelligence Unit. Among the perks of shopping in Kiev you’ll have the fact that the stores are open longer hours but the prices are higher than in the rest of Europe so it’s a balance after all.

Let’s explore one of the best Kiev department stores.

kiev department stores guideGulliver

year built: 2013

proximity to the city center: 5 minutes away from Kiev’s main street

address: 1-A Sportyvnaya sq.

sections: 4 extensive floors with department stores, a grocery store, a bank, a pharmacy, bowling, cinema and upscale restaurants area and even 24 hr parking

attractions:  most recently built, this Kiev department stores is located in a fancy 30 store building next to Kiev’s #1 business center right across the street and is basically in the heart of Kiev’s most upscale neighborhood. Its 5th floor is dedicated to plethora of nice restaurants and the 6th floor even hosts the cinema.

Gulliver is definitely the #1 Kiev’s department store as its number of high-end stores will have you shopping for hours. It’s truly a one stop for all your needs. Also, won’t be surprised by a the number of locals taking photos of themselves, as Gulliver is quite a fancy place even by the Western standards.

kiev shoppingGlobus

year built: circa 2004

proximity to the city center: located exactly on the Kiev’s main square in the heart of the city

sections: 3 floors of interconnected shopping extravaganza, restaurants area and an Internet center

attractionsGlobus is the original department store built roughly 10 years ago and was the first one of its kind back in the day. It has a great selection of high-end boutiques and while walking through the entire thing you will hear familiar English a lot as quite a number of shoppers in this Kiev department store are foreigners. 

 A special attraction can be a large Brocard store, which is a famous chain  in Ukraine offers the most extensive beauty and fragrance selection, from Armani and Rochas, to even Britney Spears and J-Lo.

kiev shopping luxuryOcean Plaza

year built: 2012

proximity to the city center: about 15 minutes away from the city center

address: 126 Gorkogo St.

sections: 300 stores from leading world brands, restaurants area, cinema, kids entertainment complex

attractions:  Ocean Plaza is by far the biggest shopping and entertainment complex in Kiev. It has a fancy and modern design and hosts some great venues to spend some quality time in. 

arena kievArena

year built: circa 2005

proximity to the city center: at the end of Independence Square, technically city center

address: 2 Baseynaya  St.

sections: expensive and luxury boutiques, scattered around the fanciest entertainment and leisure complex in Kiev

attractions: Arena in itself is not per se a department store but it a sphere shaped entertainment complex that has one of the top lounges and clubs in the city. In and around the complex you will find designer boutiques from French, Italian and other famous brands. 

You will also feel most adjusted here are this place attracts the most  foreigners in the Kiev. So you can pretty much expect to run in to someone from your home country quite easily.

Another thing that can be mentioned is that the entire Kreschatyk street has tons of  boutiques. Perhaps taking a walk on a sunny day can pretty much get you suited up for an important even or simply a night out.

But do remember, while Kiev shopping centers have been on a rise in the last couple of years and this trend has produced some very attractive department stores, the local sales people might not speak the best English and booking a shopping guide and interpreter in Kiev can be a good idea.

We offer the most advanced and professional interpreter and assistance service for foreigners in Kiev since 2012, so feel free to contact us for help!

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Investor Assistance in Kiev, Ukraine

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If Ukraine popped up on your list of countries that you potentially plan to invest in or expand your business to – this is the time to call our agency!

Coming to a foreign country and not quite knowing the local business scene can be daunting – that is exactly why our agency expends its services to business scouting and full interpreter assistance for foreign investors and business owners.

80% of our interpreters have either Economics or Finance educational background and not only speak perfect English but have certification in conducting consecutive interpretation and have assisted clients in Kiev, Ukraine on various expos, conferences and business events.

One of the most common requests in terms of business interpreting inquiries that we get is for legal advice in Kiev.

legal-advice-english-kiev-ukraineWe are not lawyers though we can help you get connected to great local M&A and corporate lawyers, among others, that will assist you with your business matter in Kiev. Oh, and did we mention, our interpreters’ English is flawless?

Ukraine, unfortunately, has not been really popular among foreign investors, drawing in on average only $6 billion Direct Foreign Investment (DFI) annually, which is roughly twice as little as its neighbors, Poland and Czech Republic. Still, the good news is, while rolling out a big operation can be risky in terms of ROI, starting a back end office for a range of industries, for example, IT, can be very profitable.

Finding local business partners in Ukraine is also a lucrative option, as labor costs in Ukraine is quite low, an average salary is $4/hr (July 2013). You can find manufacturing suppliers or set up productive distribution channels, among other things.

Kiev Interpreters agency has successfully helped foreign CEO’s and business owners and investors that come to Kiev make contact with prospective business partners in Ukraine and explore the grounds for potential new enterprise launch.

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Our assistance extends to more than just business interpreter services, but also includes:

  •  Businesses Scouting
  •  Consecutive Interpretation in English / Russian
  •  English and Russian / Ukrainian Interpreter Services Accompanying Business Meetings
  • Setting Up Business Meetings with Kiev Companies
  •  Specialized Human Resource Services 
  • Business Hall Bookings in Kiev
  •  Legal Advice in Kiev, Ukraine

We have clients with wide range of needs:  from model scouts seeking to interview Ukrainian models to CEO’s and angel investors looking to explore investment opportunities to IT companies contemplating opening an office for their back end team.

investor assistance in KievOur Kiev interpreters and assistants will help you get understood in the local market, will accompany you on business meetings, will help yo find the right legal representation and so on.

We ONLY hire highly professional interpreters and English translators that provide you with top notch representation.

Also, if you plan to arrange a meeting – we will advice you on the best spot to conduct such meeting and will secure modern and comfortable transportation.

Our agency also provides Personal Assistants that will accompany you through the entire business day in Kiev, providing premiere English and Russian interpreter services and general assistance and support. The prices are flexible and start around $250 per day.

Call our Manager today for any questions you got!

For extra info on Kiev travel check out out infographic below:

Kiev Travel Trivia Infographic

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We’re all business…

As summer vacation season is wrapping up many people get back to business and many conferences, trade shows, expos around the world are gearing up for a new intake of hundreds or even thousands of attendees. Ukraine is no exception.

business consecutive english interpreter in kiev for businessUkraine is in a bit of a political and economical limbo and is being somewhat of a risque deal for foreign investors and entrepreneurs. Still, thanks to its highly skilled technical talent, hard working labor force and quite a lot of opportunity business wise, it remains a very lucrative spot for doing business.

Coming to Ukraine for whatever business related reasons means you’d probably be hiring a Kiev business interpreter.  But are there more that goes into this? Yes, of course!

Finding a fluent English speaking interpreter in Kiev is hard.

Many people involved in interpreter business have their first real experience with native speakers once they start working in this field. This means that you are their real language practice. Is that someone you want representing you in a business arena?

Our agency does not hire people whose educational background is English. It’s really a useless degree.

We hire interpreters that have Business related education (Economics, Finance, Marketing) and were practicing English with native speakers in their respective fields long before becoming an interpreter.

Now, as a businessman or a businesswoman in Kiev, would you not prefer your interpreter to have a sound business mind along with flawless language skills? Rhetorical question.

Here’s why many executives and business professionals coming  to Ukraine would benefit from our fluent English speakers equipped for heavy duty business interpretation.

consecutive and simultaneous interpreters in Kiev 

this is what separates us from many other interpreter agencies out there. We are able to provide highly skilled English interpreters for both consecutive and simultaneous interpretation for various events in Kiev, Ukraine.

interpreters with business related education

..is who we tend to hire. This means you are getting a business savvy person that understands business etiquette and will be well versed in business terminology

interpreters that have extensively traveled/ travel abroad
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..is who we bring on board. Traveling abroad not only polishes our transaltors’ English skills but also adds up to them being well cultured and well traveled, therefore more likely to be comfortable in a crowd of powerful and intelligent people

high TOEFL scores is a mandatory requirement

say what you will, but good old TOEFL score never lies and we are happy to send out TOEFL copy of an interpreter that you will end up hiring to show off to your company or for any other verification purposes

Kiev business interpreters who are pro’s

Professionalism is above all in our agency and you will never get set up with a translator that will come late, wouldn’t know how to spell good in Russian or Ukrainian or will show lots of cleavage at a serious business event.

Every single translator we bring on board in our Kiev agency will be required at all times to:

-  be punctual

-  dress appropriately and professionally

-  be able to pull off decent written translation, this includes translating flyers, marketing materials etc both from English to Russian and/or Ukrainian and vice versa

- be able to connect you with local business individuals you desire, in other words, will be able to set up meetings for you, perform basic Sales prospecting and Business Development duties

- be able to advise you on the best spots in Keiv city to hold a meeting, a business lunch, post-business/ leisure tour

- perform as a personal assistant and a business scout and help you find all kinds of information during your trip to Ukraine. This includes finding a space for opening a branch/ office, discovering best legal support in Ukraine, advising you on laws in this country and so on

In addition, small things matter!

kiev business lounge with English translatorWith us you will always be covered as far as identifying  best business lounges.

We will also secure you and you colleagues or clients with a comfortable, modern and upscale transportation.

And ultimately, we’ll make sure that all times you are getting the quality of assistance you’re used to in the US or Western Europe.

Book with us today and feel free to check out our business interpreters page!

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5 most stunning Kiev hotels

kiev-luxury-hotelFirst trip to Ukraine?

Never been to Kiev?

Love luxury & comfort when you travel?

Then you’re in for a very useful 411 on Kiev premiere 5-star hotels!

Let’s explore what Kyiv has to offer by listing the most luxurious local hotels that have earned its reputation.

Hyatt

hotel hyatt kiev review english guideHyatt is the most luxurious hotel in Kyiv, Ukraine, hands down.

Not only is Hyatt the MOST expensive local hotel, it actually is worth its price. With a steep $400/per night as a starting rate, Hyatt offers scenic views from all guestrooms, the hotel itself is located in a picturesque downtown location, and the inside interior is astonishing. It reminds you of the modern Western culture and offers such amazing getaways as a rooftop lounge, Bar on 8, along with a state of the art gym and spa facilities, business center, restaurant and even few boutique shops built-in. Plenty of local conferences are held at Hyatt, so if you are a businessman used to VIP treatment – you’d feel like home here.

So, let’s wrap this up:

 

status: most luxurious, modern & expensive

attractions: Bar on 8, scenic rooftop 360 view of Kyiv & a very modern design

rooms: spacious and luxurious

price per night:   $400 and up

crowd: high end clients, mostly businessmen travelling, used to VIP service

Intercontinental

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Literally around the corner from Hyatt we witness Intercontinental.

Yet another internationally famous chain of hotels and therefore it lives up to the hype. Intercontinental is located 5 minutes away from the Independence Square and is literally in the midst of the vibrant city center life. This hotel is close to Buddha Bar and D-Lux, offering premiere rooms equipped to stun and dazzle.

Just like Hyatt, Intercontinental hotel is also equipped with its attractions, such as B-Hush Panoramic Lounge Bar and Lobby Lounge bar.

intercontinental kiev interpreter uaSo, the facts sheet is as follows:

status:  very high-end hotel located in the heart of the city center, next to gorgeous religious sightseeing spots

attractions: B-Hush Panoramic Lounge Bar is a perfect place to dazle your date or take in on a beautiful Kyiv skyline

rooms: comfortable and upscale

price per night:   $350 and up

crowd: clients used to VIP treatment

Premiere Palace

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Next up, Premiere Palace! It’s an amazing hotel with a great luxury feel to it that accommodates clients used to great VIP treatment 24/7. Premiere Palace has a very aristocratic type atmosphere, it’s interior design is rooted in Renaissance, and while it offers absolute luxury, it takes you back in time a bit. But that’s perfect for history buffs. This hotel is also literally 5 minute walk from a long chain of Kreshcatyk Street boutiques and also Arena Entertainment complex, probably the biggest and fanciest entertainment center in Kyiv.

Premiere Palace is a tough competition to other Kiev luxury hotels, here’s why:

 

status:  great hotel that represents Kiev culture while still keeping it on par with international standards of all-things VIP

attractions:  has a strip club on the premises  – Paradise Cabaret – so for some adult fun all you need to do is walk downstairs basically

rooms:  chic and comfortable

price per night:  $200 and up

crowd: couples, businessmen and local tourists who enjoy finer things in life

Opera

opera-hotel-kiev_030320091907396082Opera is a great solution if you want a 5-star hotel that’s a bit further from all the city center hype.

This hotel offers luxury treatment and will not disappoint those looking for relaxation and comfort.

status:  yet another luxurious 5-star hotel in Kiev

attractions:   great pool & amazing spa facilities

rooms:  nice and spacious

price per night:  $275 and up

crowd: travelers of all sorts that love to travel with comfort

11 Mirrors

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A latest addition to round up the Kiev finest. International boxing celebrity, Vladimir Klichko, is behind the scenes on this one. Rumor has it, Vladimir incorporated the styles of most luxury hotels he happened to visit throughout his lifetime into 11 Mirrors. This hotel has been opened for less than a year but it’s already generating hype with its loungy modern feel and a great location. Anyone appreciating upscale modern design would love it.

status:  a rising star among local luxury hotels, features only 49 rooms

attractions:   close to Local Opera House in the historic city center

rooms:   extremely modern and loungy

price per night:    $300 and up

crowd:  clients who love boutique hotels

Still have questions?

Then call our Kiev English-speaking Manager to ask any questions you got. We can also offer airport pick ups by one of our Kiev translators and interpreter guides during your Ukraine travel!

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Kiev Layover Ideas

Bored in Kiev layover?

Never planned to come visit Kiev, Ukraine but stuck in a lengthy airport layover you wish you could spend in any other way than doping and being bored?

kiev-layover -We’re here to help!

There are several things we can offer that beats the boredom of the Kiev airport waiting lounge. Such as :

- Kiev city tour

- Kiev lunch or dinner tour

- Kiev sightseeing tour

- Kiev nightlife trip

Kiev interpreter and city guide will assist you and send you on a ride you won’t forget! The drive to airport from downtown takes about 30 minutes and can be about an hour or more depending on the traffic. So if your layover is 10 or so hours – no reason why you shouldn’t have fun!

Checking out Kiev War Museum and going on a Religious tour is a great thing for history buffs, and visiting restaurants like Murakami and Buddha Bar can be a pleasant distraction for lounge fans.  If you’re hungry or simply want to try local Ukrainian cuisine – we can arrange that as well.

Your baggage is a non issue because you can either store it at the airport for as little as $10 or – take it with you and put it in the trunk of the car we will secure for you.

Feel free to call us to discuss options and ask any questions you got!

Where to buy local phone number in Kiev?

kiev local numberWhether your trip is short or long, buying a local SIM card in Kiev is something you’d wanna do. Kiev has 3 main phone operators, both are equally good:

Life / Kyivstar / MTC

Life;-) operator is probably most popular for its extended internet capability and low rates when it comes to mobile internet. Buying a SIM card is super easy in Kiev – just seek any signs that read any of the aforementioned mobile operator titles.

You can find spots to buy a local SIM card in Kiev at huge shopping malls like Arena Entertainment, Globus and on streets like Kreschatyk, Basseynaya and Independence Square.

Typical cost of a SIM card is $5, you can get unlimited calling for as little as $15.

Most feel tempted to buy new fancy phones, because in Ukraine buying an actual phone device is not tied to a 2 year calling plan commitment.

Our agency can either set you up with a SIM card prior to your arrival or let you rent a phone for whatever number of days you need.

To learn more – call our Manager today!

If you are scheduling for our Kiev interpreter to pick you up at the airport, before you have a chance to buy a local number – don’t worry!  We have a US phone # in case your plan works in Ukraine, so you call always call us at +1 323 325 1961.

Taxi price from Airport to Kiev downtown

One of the common questions on forums about Ukraine travel is how much does a taxi ride cost from Borispol KBP airport to Kiev downtown.

Taxi drivers in Ukraine are known to trick new visitors when it comes to taxi costs and sometimes can mark up a price as high as 500%!

REALISTIC TAXI COST FROM AIRPORT TO KIEV CITY CENTER

Typical ride from the airport is roughly $30.
Very nice cars like Jeep, SUV, Mercedes can change $40.

HOW TO CONVERT DOLLARS TO LOCAL UKRAINIAN CURRENCY
Just multiply by 8
So if your taxi ride is $30
it’s
$30 x 8 = 240 UAH
UAH = gryvna aka local currency.


HOW MUCH KIEV TAXI COST IN GENERAL

The typical intercity ride in Kiev is anywhere form $15-$35 and if you’re taking cabs late at night straight out a club – the common price would be no less than $10, even if it’s a 5 minute walk. It’s still better to take the overpriced cab than walk in a middle of the night in a strange city.

Now that we got the cost for Kiev taxi out of the way  – let talk about the best taxi brands in Kiev..

BEST KIEV TAXI COMPANIES

#1 Kiev taxi company is
ELITE TAXI 
phone:
+38 044 248 8 248
+38 097 248 8 248
+38 050 248 8 248
+38 063 248 8 248

Why Elite Taxi rocks:
– fancy, spacious and clean cars
– great customer service
– most Elite Taxi cabs offer VISA payment option
– Elite cabs provide receipts, which is perfect for professionals
– company has an English website
– best drivers  by far  – both from knowing the city & serving the client perspective

Elite Taxi is selective when it comes to who is representing their brand  – only 50% of applicants actually get the job with this firm. Quality of  the car and squeaky clean driver’s reputation are not sole factors in the hiring process with Elite taxi. Western manners and great attitude is also a requirement.

#2 Kiev taxi company is
SKY TAXI
phone:
+38 044 281-75-58
+38 044 281-7-281

Why Sky Taxi rocks:
– it’s official Borispol airport partner (a loooong row of Sky cabs awaiting outside Terminal D and B is a testament to how large-scale this is)
– it has English speaking operators
– you can request Sky taxi when in Terminal still at the airport!
Just go to the info desk and ask for further directions.

If you still have questions – feel free to call our Manager. We also provide airport pick ups!
Read more here about pick up service!

Welcome to Kiev and stay informed!

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Kiev dining in romance – Valentine’s Day Special

If you ended up on a Valentine’s day in Kiev as a foreigner, it’s pretty obvious you’ve got a girl you’re taking out on a hot  and romantic date. Needless to say, you’re looking for excessively Kiev ‘s  nicest and romantic places.

Let’s see what Kiev has got to offer to couples heading out on special romantic date.

Here’s you comprehensive Kiev 411 guide to get you 100% ready for Valentine’s day in Ukrainian capital in 2013!

Let’s starts with the obvious – romantic restaurants guide! Your Kiev girlfriend will feel pretty happy and special if you take her to one of these places:

RESTAURANTS GUIDE

Top restaurants listed here is for Kiev men and women who want to enjoy premiere service, nice lounge vibe and good food along with nice drinks and pleasant atmosphere.

Murakami

Great place with great Japaneese food and very pleasant interior. It has a definite overseas vibe and offers restaurants located all over Kiev. here’s the one in city center:

address:  Kiev, 14 Khreshchatyk St.

+38 (044) 279-56-69

kiev-couple-restaurant-guideBuddha Bar

Even though it’s mostly lounge with relatively loud music, the downstairs restaurant is seriously large and very comfy. It can be a win-win if you are planning to take your date to  a lounge after wards  – just visit this place and take few steps up the stairs and here you have cozy couches and intimate   corners for best couple’s night out.

address:  14 Kreschatyk

+38 044 270 76 76

Ajour Restaurant @ Avalon

Nice and cozy while offering very private and fancy booths you can do whatever yu want in. Some music thats quite but still heard from the neighbiuring cun section ust adds up to the mood.

address: 3 Leontovicha
+38 044 234 7494

SHOPPING GUIDE

Can’t decide what to buy your Valentine’s day in Kiev and want to treat her to a  nice shopping spree.

GLOBUS is a solution!

Located conveniently downtown this place has tons of high end boutiques offering everything form shoes to lingerie and way more!

WHERE TO BY GIFTS

Globus can be a great solution but if you are lookign for sure gifts most women do not turn down – try perfume and cosmetics store chain # 1 in Ukraine  – BROCARD!

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Feeling extra wild and want to go sex shop shopping? Check out Eroshop – #1 Kiev online sex shop with inventory starting at clubwear and stockings, and ending with ball gags!

Alternatively you can learn more on Kiev clubs and lounges if you’re feeling wild and want to spice up your Valentine’s day by taking a club or strip club tour.

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Kiev apartments booking tips

Accommodation is #1 issue when it comes to travelling. Kiev – the capital of Ukraine – has many housing options, but one has to know how to deal with delicate rental market in this town.

Here are several issues you can run into when booking an apartment in Kiev online:

high prices

Kiev is known for jacked up pricing on everything from cars to restaurants to, of course, housing. Most common price for modern looking apartment in the center of the city that includes  typical modern amenities like high-speed internet, air-conditioning, security, CCTV etc is around $150.

false representation

often times a Kiev visitor might get scammed and book  a gorgeous looking apartment, –  according to online photos –  that, in reality, turns out to be a complete disappointment and looks nothing like  what’s been promised. This is a quite common issue in Ukraine and you need to beware of this and learn about refund policy in advance.

premature eviction

Staying in apartment you booked for 10 nights might result in only 3 if you’re dealing with unprofessional agency. Unfortunately in Kiev and other Ukrainian cities this might happen. The landlord gets a client that is willing to pay slightly more and needs apartment urgently  –  this will mean for you unplanned eviction and discomfort of dealing with apartment renting process again.

bad customer service

dealing with landlords and rental agencies that are  bound by virtually no laws in case of maltreatment of its clients, leaves you in a quite vulnerable position. In addition, renting an apartment versus a hotel  leave out many important moments like: calling a cab in Russian, ordering food or pizza, getting tips on city life of pharmacies or where to buy  a cell phone ets. Given that most people in Kiev or elsewhere in Ukraine speak poor to none English it would be hard for you to get help once you get situated  unless of course, you’re staying at the hotel.

What we advice clients is to get a hotel versus an apartment.  You can read more on that in our Kiev accommodation section to lean about 5-star Kiev hotels as well as 4 star hotels.

But – if you do want to rent an apartment still  – there are great options out there and we will help locate them!

Here are few rules when booking an apartment in Kiev to make sure you end up with  a great deal:

#1

p_115-2Book apartment close to city center. You will end up going to many restaurants, clubs, mall etc and this is best done when you’re close to the city hub like Khreschatic street.

Additionally, apartments located at the following streets are usually more high-end, safer and best equipped with modern amenities:

Khreschatic St  / Lesi Ukraincky St  / Bassenaya St  /  Yaroslav Val St  /  Proriznaya St  /  Shota Rustaveli  St  /  Gorkogo St  / Krasnoarmeyskaya St

Metro station you’d want to be near to are : Kreschtyk / Mayden Nezaleznosty / Pechesrk

#2

ukaine-book-apartment-refund-policyAsk for online e-mail confirmation and make sure you lean about the refund policy in advance. Booking online is better and proves the company operates more professional  business as opposed to paying upon arrival in cash. Ask the booking agency if you can swap apartment to another one in case if you don’t like it.

#3

Ask Kiev apartment rental agency about the closest mall and support you will get in getting a  cab etc. See how they handle this request and be sure to check online the proximity of your future Kiev apartment to said locations.

#4

Here’s a list of reliable Kiev apartment rental agencies:

->>  Kiev Vip Apartments

->>  Kiev apts

->>  FlatLux

->>  Appartamenti

->>  Kiev Luxury apts

#5

Use Craigslist. It’s very Americanized site and will be very useful if you’re American.

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Hope this helps you in your Kiev accommodation quest, and remember – our agency can help you secure accommodation as well!

Our Kiev local guide and interpreter will meet you at the airport and help you get to your housing spot when you arrive. Read more in our Kiev rentals section!

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