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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
January 2, 2007
The Premier Palace has a 5-star rating and is said to be the best hotel in Ukraine. We stayed for four days in late August staying in a twin room. The initial impression on arrival was excellent, it’s aesthetically excellent with both the exterior and interior giving an image of grandeur without being too ostentatious. It is perfectly positioned right in the heart of the city. One can easily walk to the main street and within minutes of the hotel were various shops, and very reasonably priced cafes. There are two art galleries within 2 minutes of the hotel both of which are well worth visiting even if one has limited time.
The room was very pleasant, comfortable and done to a high standard. Our room was in a fantastic position, the hotel had undergone expansion and as such we were on the verge where the old and new met meaning it was somewhat larger than others of the same type. In general the facilities were good, the fitness suite and pool were very nice. The hotel had a range of bars and restaurants. Particular mention must go to the bar on the ground floor, as a general meeting area or a place to relax, it was excellent; very nice décor and friendly staff. On the ground floor there was also a Japanese restaurant where you food is cooked in front of you, this was a definite highlight of the trip; the food was excellent.
As with any hotel though it is not perfect, there are 3 main things which I feel detract from this hotel:1. The cost. The City is not as affluent as others in the west, this hotel, however, is on par with international standards and you pay international prices, ~£250 per night for the room we stayed in. For this price you expect a decent sized room for your money. Although I postulated earlier that our room was larger than others of the same type, I felt that for the money paid the rooms were small.2. The Casino: I would avoid based on an experience there, on asking to view I was treated badly and a $500 entry fee is pretentious for any hotel, let alone this one.3. As stated it’s an international hotel and as such caters for businessmen. There was an abundance of prostitutes in this hotel. In the evenings there were always 2-3 in the foyer/reception area and the bar area. I realise this is to cater for business or men with needs but when you’re on holiday this is not something you wish to contend with.
The one thing which stood out in my mind about this hotel was the bar on the roof or more specifically the view from the room. On top of the hotel one has an amazing view of the cityscape in the evening allowing you to see for miles and all of the major landmarks.
From journal One Week in Ukraine