The Vibe: Artful Bauhaus.
The Area: Podil, in the historical and cultural center of Kyiv (or Kiev).
The DNA: A bespoke complex of design hotel, restaurant, bars and art gallery, BURSA sets comfortably into a mix of centuries-old and new buildings – a hundred and a two hundred years (many years housing students of one of the oldest Ukrainian academies and also the place where famous city architect Andrey Melenskiy lived and worked). They were completely refurbished and, together with a newly erected modern block, integrated into a single complex, creating a visual connection between architectural styles and setting the tone for what is inside: a distinctive Bauhaus style. The ground floor Belyi Shum (“White Noise”) bistro-style restaurant offers a French menu and several coffees and sweets. The restaurant chairs are deliberately ‘old school’ and original, found in Parisian and Norwegian antique shops and flea markets, and then restored. The rooftop top bar 1818 (referring to the opening date of the original building) opens onto the rooftop terrace. There is also a music bar “PARAKALΩ”, and an intimate library which is open to guests only 24/7. KINO42 acts as a chamber cinema focusing on niche and independent films and contemporary art gallery.
Suite-Me-Up: Rooms are categorized “Nice” (with one quadruple room with bunk beds), “Super Nice”, and “Wonderful”. Clean lines, simple forms, monochrome palette with a splash of colour for bathrooms to keep it unique. All feature comfortable a king/queen-sized bed or two single beds with soft linens, extra-large towels, fluffy pillows, HDTV with Bluetooth speakers, an overstocked minibar, and a handy work desk. For a splurge, book the 98m2 Attic Room which has its own terrace.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 33 rooms (21-98m2) (226-1,055 sq ft) • hotel opened: May 2018 • architecture & interior design: Balbek Bureau • bathroom amenities: White Sprut ✅ free on-site parking • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible