Kiev is a place with which you fall in love at first sight. It’s a city characterised by chestnut trees and cathedrals, bridges and boulevards lined by stunning architecture. Divided by the mighty Dnieper river, Kiev is made up of two subdivisions: to the east, the low-lying, predominantly residential Left Bank and, to the west, the hilly, historic Right Bank. It’s here that you’ll find Khreshchatyk Street (the city’s main thoroughfare), the 11th-century Kiev Monastery of Caves and the Taras Shevchenko National University (with its famed red building) among botanical gardens.

Bringing together religious history and cultural revolution, brutalist architecture and bustling nightlife, Kiev is a city that’s thriving culturally, bringing together the best of east and west.

While the city is beautiful year-round, it is especially so between April and May, when the chestnuts are in full bloom. It’s believed that more than two million of the trees grow here, so it’s small wonder that they’re a symbol of Kiev. Indeed, the chestnut leaf adorns boxes of “Kievsky”, a traditional cake found in restaurants across the Kiev – make sure you stop for a slice when exploring.

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This minimalist, design-forward hotel – Ukraine’s first of its kind – puts guests at the heart of the city. Step out the door onto Bogdan Khmelnitsky, one of the oldest and most beautiful streets in Kiev. You’ll be within easy walking distance of the National Opera of Ukraine, Vladimirsky Cathedral and Khreshchatyk street.

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Looking for something a bit different? This Instagrammable concept hotel in Kiev’s Shevchenkivskyi District has only three rooms. It’s within a five-minute walk of St Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery.

Boutique Hotel Vozdvyzhensky

Perhaps one of the most famous boutique hotels in the city, Boutique Hotel Vozdvyzhensky prides itself on being eco-friendly. Located at the intersection of Vozdvizhenskaya Street and Andriyivskyy Descent, it puts guests at the heart of Kiev’s ‘Montmartre’ – the city’s creative neighbourhood. The hotel’s rooftop terrace offers panoramas across the green Andriyivskyy slopes and the domes of St Andrew’s Church.

Manna Boutique Hotel

Just 2km from Kiev’s bustling city centre, Manna Boutique Hotel is a trendy refuge amid the lively Vozdvyzhenka district. A short walk from attractions including the Pharmacy Museum, St Andrew’s Church and the National Museum of the History of Ukraine, it offers just five rooms and suites, each individually and artfully decked out, and benefitting from city views. There’s a communal terrace, too.

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