We checked in for two nights at the ultra hip and cool Bursa Hotel Kiev. It was our first time in Kiev and we chose the neighborhood Podil as our base to explore the city. It turned out that Podil is 'the area to be' in Kiev, especially on the weekend with many great restaurants and bars around. The streets where bustling with young people, probably also due to it's proximity to the university campus, and had a Berlin like vibe. I really loved being located in the heart of it. Still we where close to many attractions and sights in the city.
Bursa is the perfect place for the young traveler. Every corner of the hotel is designed to the point. It has a very own coffee shop with excellent coffee, the best we had in Kiev, called White Noise Cafe & Bistro. You can also enjoy food here as well. Breakfast is also served here, but more on that later.
1818 Rooftop on the fifth floor seems to be one of the most popular spots in Podil. On the weekend young locals where coming here to watch the sunset and have some drinks, dance and enjoy. We really loved it up here.
All these places are open to hotel guests as well as outside guests so there was always something happening with young creatives coming during the day to work at White Noise. If you need a bit more quite there is the Library where you can work, read, sit and relax with your coffee.
So how is Bursa as a hotel? We stayed at one of the Super Nice Rooms, which was as advertised, really nice. The minimalist and cool design carried on in the room. We had enough space, a huge TV, a very pretty bathroom and many amenities like water, robes, slippers etc.
Breakfast was included in the room rate and was served at White Noise Bistro until 12pm (yayyy).
It was a buffet style breakfast with many warm and cold selections which also changed daily. If you want a big breakfast you can order add ons from the menu (extra charge).
All in all we really liked this place and spent a lot of time here not just to sleep but to enjoy the rooftop and the good coffee and food. Staff was also friendly and welcoming (except one lady during checkout who refused to give us extra 10 minutes upon asking kindly, which I found a bit rude).
Prices are super reasonable and start at around 100 Euro per night. Go check out the rates here.