If you want to stay on what is sometimes known as “Venetian Kyiv” (in fact the man-made Rusanivs’kyi Island) then head to the Slavutych. The hotel’s façade is not, it has to be said, in great shape, although the views from inside are wonderful. The cheaper rooms are rather austere and more depressing than the brightly-coloured refurbished rooms and suites, eight of which come with air-conditioning. Laundry and dry cleaning are available. In addition there is a beauty shop, newspaper kiosk and souvenir stands. Breakfast is not included (65Hr).