As I write this, Kharkov palace has just opened a week ago. It truly defines a new high in hotels for this city and brings the first true western 5-star experience to the city.
For those of you that have experienced the other hotels and quarks of Kharkov (or broader Ukraine and Eastern Europe in general), you may do a double take upon checking in here, looking around and getting settled. The staff is outstanding (from manager Marina on down), attentive and extremely helpful. The furniture and style are modern, comfortable, roomy and high quality.
I just finished my first meal and the food was outstanding. It's not the sadly typical mayo-covered fair that is too common in Kharkov, but rather wonderful, international cuisine.
They have a fantastic gym on the top floor, including a pool and wet and dry saunas with awesome views of the city. Although, frankly, what you really want to look at is this building which is the nicest in town! Too bad there is not a big mirror out there to look back at this building! In all seriousness, the view overlooks the great Kharkov square and the classical and soviet architecture of the city (nice, if dated).
There are several restaurants, a spa (with reasonably priced services) and what seems likely to be a hot bar on the top floor with another spectacular view of the city. The style reminds me of The Palm in Las Vegas (just a little lower and smaller).
It's located right in the heart of town near the square and within a 100 meters of the main subway hub.
Really, nothing left to desire. I have formally declared that Hotel Aurora is the place to stay in this city. I still love that place (and recommend it as THE cheaper alternative), but this takes things to a materially new level.
Check the prices, look for a special, and if you want the best in the city, there is no comparison. This is the only truly western 5-star hotel in the city.
They all seem pretty good from what I can tell.
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