This week I’m “liveblogging” my trip to Ukraine. Unlike traditional reports, these posts will be shorter and more frequent.
The Hyatt Regency Kyiv has remained open throughout much of the conflict with Russia and continues to offer luxury accommodations in the heart of Kyiv.
Hyatt Regency Kyiv Review
I last stayed here in 2011 and enjoyed a wonderful stay on a beautiful summer weekend. This year, coming in February and in the middle of a war, the situation was very different. But my review from 12 years ago is still pretty much on-point for today, a testament to the enduring quality of this property.
> Read More: My Hyatt Regency Kiev Review From 2011
This is a category 4 hotel (average nightly rates were about $220) with a free night ranging from 12,000 (off-peak) to 15,000 (standard) to 18,000 (peak) points per night. I paid for my hotel because lately, I’ve been squeezing even more than two cents per point in value from my Hyatt points.
Beyond taking my passport and credit card, there were no special check-in formalities. Nadiya welcomed me back to the hotel and informed me that I had been upgraded to a room with a view of St. Sophia’s Cathedral, room 732.
While World of Hyatt Globalist members are eligible for space-available suites upgrades and there appeared to suites available for sale, I did not even make the request. I figured the hotel might be operating at reduced capacity and perhaps some floors were not in use, so since I was traveling alone and would not even be in the room all that much, I did not push the issue.
The hotel is atrium-style, with 10 levels surrounding the lobby.
My cathedral view room included a king-sized bed, desk, and chair. There was nothing special about the room, but it was comfortable and served me well during my stay.
The bathroom had a tub and a separate shower.
No robes in the closet, but there were gas masks…
An old Apple 30-pin speaker probably had not been touched, beyond being dusted, in years…
Waiting in the room was a fruit plate and bottle of French wine, with a nice note welcoming me back to the property.
I was prepared for rolling blackouts, but those never occurred: the hotel also has a generator in the case of such incidents, but all was calm over the three days I was in Kyiv. Internet worked well: free wifi, lightning fast, and without issue.
My room did have a lovely view outside:
Asia Bar & Grill
I enjoyed a lovely breakfast spread here each morning with fresh-squeezed juices, excellent coffee, cooked-to-order eggs and crepes, and a wide-ranging buffet of hot and cold items. I tried to keep up my internment fasting while traveling, meaning I ate at close to 10:30 am (the end of the breakfast window, which runs from 7:30 am to 10:30 am).
The hotel has both a high-quality manual coffee machine (put simply, the kind that makes good drinks) and an automatic push-button machine. I ordered a flat white the first day and noticed that the barista used the automatic machine (the same crappy machine that Air Canada uses in its Maple Leaf Lounges).
I asked him to use the other machine and he became very defensive, indignant really, and said, “What’s the difference? It’s the same coffee!”
Friend, the machine makes all the difference in the world. Oh yes, I am an unapologetic coffee snob. I explained to him that the automatic machine dispenses milk first, then adds espresso on top. The result is a horrible texture and taste. On the other hand, the manual machine can more fully extract the beans, and by adding the espresso first then the foamed milk, the texture is also much better.
He looked at me like I was an idiot. Maybe so, but I’ll tell you this: for the rest of my stay my coffee was perfect and he didn’t use the automatic machine for anyone else either.
I don’t mean for that incident to overshadow how attentive the staff was and how delicious the breakfast buffet was. And of course the clientele were interesting…
Lobby Lounge – Regency Club
The Regency Club was closed, but as a Globalist, I was invited to enjoy complimentary coffee, tea, and juice all day long in the Lobby Lounge. Alcoholic beverages were complimentary nightly from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
I’m not drinking much these days so I skipped the free booze, but I did enjoy freshly-squeezed apple and orange juice.
Bar on 8
The Bar on 8, which I quite enjoyed 12 years ago, is currently closed.
24/7 room service is available with a very nice menu of items:
This is a huge value-add for this property considering the nightly curfew means there are no restaurants, cafes, or even grocery stores that are open past 10:00 pm right now in Kyiv.
I greatly enjoyed Chicken Kyiv via room service.
> Read More: A Delectable Dinner Of Chicken Kyiv
Fitness + Spa + Wellness
The hotel fitness center, called Club Olympus, is modern and includes a wide selection of machines and other devices that kept me occupied each morning. Club Olympus sells membership to the public as well (it has its own street entrance) and there were a fair number of non-guests using the facilities as well.
The only downside is that the gym is only open from 7:30 am to 9:00 pm. I prefer to get an earlier start to my day, though it just meant writing first and working out later.
A full-service spa is also available with a full menu of massages available. Menu here:
The locker rooms include a sauna and steam room, which felt great after an intense workout.
Perhaps the most beautiful area of the hotel is the indoor pool, which has beautiful tilework and lighting to create a great atmosphere.
As a reminder that Ukraine was at war and Kyiv has been attacked, there was a bomb shelter one level below the lobby (a hotel ballroom).
While I wish I could have spent several more days here (and also checked out the Hilton and Intercontinental hotels), I was very happy to return to the Hyatt Regency Kyiv and was pleased to find it remains an excellent property more than a decade after my first stay. I would not hesitate to stay here again and look forward to returning.