Checking in: Best Western Sevastopol really is best


In some ways it is hard to believe that a simply finished room with nothing particularly fancy to be seen is the best. Usually it is hard to accept that a Best Western-flagged property is best. But in Sevastopol, Ukraine that’s just the way it is. Our Ukraine guide book mentioned the Best Western Sevastopol Hotel as "the most beautiful thing Stalin ever built" and, while that is likely an exaggeration, The property was quite nice.

The lobby and the stairs leading up to the rooms were quite grand in design, if not a bit run down in décor. Wide stairways and even sitting areas in the smaller lobby on each floor. Definitely showing signs of the architectural era in which it was built.

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The room we had was not particularly special and, at around $100/night, it was the most expensive we had during our time in Ukraine. But it did have a few amenities which were unmatched over the rest of our trip. The desk area was actually comfortable to sit at, for instance, and didn’t encroach on the beds. And the free wifi – something all our rooms had – was actually stable enough that I was able to use for a couple calls and they were actually decent quality.

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Most significant for me, however, was that the air conditioning was incredibly good. Like actually too cold some times good. After a week of tramping around Ukraine and sweating through every piece of clothing I brought it was absolutely glorious.

Also of value was the hotel location. It is right in the heart of the downtown area, with views of the water from some rooms. Walking to any of the shops, restaurants, museums (like the Museum of Naval History) or parks was no more than 10-15 minutes; that’s particularly useful after a night of drinking Ukrainian vodka at the bars. It is also one of the main transit stops for buses and trolleys. Getting to or from the train station or other sites was incredibly easy (once we figured out how the system actually worked). The public bus we took to the secret Soviet submarine base in Balaclava left from right in front of the hotel.

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And, at the end of our stay when we decided to extend our visit one night and have the hotel arrange a car to the airport in Simferopol (~75 minutes away) they were more than happy and capable. It worked out quite nicely.

The hotel has a few restaurants attached, including a breakfast buffet for guests. The breakfast spread was pretty impressive while offering typical European-style choices. We didn’t eat at any of the other restaurants so I cannot comment to the quality but they seem to be representative of several local chain options so I’m sure they were fine.

The Best Western Sevastopol not, to be certain, anything resembling luxury by most Western standards. But it was quite comfortable, has a great location and a great value at the price point. And, while Gold Crown Club points aren’t my thing, the hotel does participate in that program. It also is bookable via hotels.com, including 5% back if you use my booking rebates site.

Read more from this Trip Report under the Ukraine2012 tag here.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and .
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