Fairmont, Kiev’s premier business hotel with spectacular views of the city and the river
Opened less than two years ago, Fairmont Kiev, is the only luxury hotel in Ukraine’s capital with unique views of the Dniper River and a 180 degree panoramic view of the city. The hotel is within walking distance from all major sightseeing spots and faces the historical docking port on the Dniper river, which is currently undergoing final renovations. Gazing at cruise ships crossing up and down the river, some heading to the Odessa, on the Black Sea is a stunning experience, available only at the Fairmont Kiev.
Rooms and suites at the Fairmont Kiev, furnished in a classic style, are among the largest in Kiev, boasting all the amenities of an international standard luxury hotel – oversized heavenly comfortable king beds, finest Italian bed linen, large marble bathrooms with separate shower and bathtub, with amenities by Canadian LeLabo, especially created for the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. Besides, the standard business amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi internet, SmartTv and a large working desk, are complemented by the services of the Gold Lounge – PC with printer and scanner. Staff at the Golden Lounge are on all or any type of business support one might need.
The Faimont Gold Lounge was, by far, my favorite venue in the hold – the entire team led by Alex could not be more genuinely warm, kind and attentive. Besides Front Office, Concierge and Guest Services, during my stay, every time I would return to the hotel from a busy day, I would feel their care and their warm welcome home. Upgrading to the Gold Ambassadors’ floor is worth every single penny – the breakfast is the best ! not to mention the afternoon tea with sweets and coffee. The additional butler service can come in very handy especially for those on a very business trip. And there is, of course, the view – panoramic views of the city, including the city beach on the opposite shore, and the passenger and smaller commercial ships cruising up and down.
Fairmont Kiev also boasts the largest and most advanced conference and banqueting space, the huge Atrium ceiling (with painted glass) ballroom being THE venue for the finest private or business functions. Since opening, the Fairmont has been attracting some of the most high profile business, political and private event, some even considering it, the number one choice for wedding.
Front Office and Housekeeping were among the departments with the highest standard of service. Even if some staff might need to improve English skills, their passion to service certainly makes up for any language challenges. The main restaurant offers a blend of Ukrainian and regional dishes created by a Georgian born Chef, while the Bar is a favorite for business meetings.
Among the downfalls, were: the lack of a SPA (there is an outsourced beauty salon) and a swimming pool. Also, the hotel feels like it lacks a meeting point such as a lounge bar – the existing Champagne Bar in the lobby is over-lit and most of the time deserted, while the Atrium area, which was supposed to be a bistro/patisserie is now a banqueting space.
The interiors of the hotel are dominated by a late 80s ‘bling / shiny’ and bright colors, which may not appeal to the accustomed international luxury traveler, who may prefer a more understated and practical design. Even though, with such a generous inventory, the hotel, may, at any time decide to re-design certain room types.
Oliver Petcu in Kiev