I was fortunate to come across Hotel Taurus whilst staying in the western Ukrainian city of L’viv in the middle of winter. With temperatures very cold and snowfall heavy on my first day back in the city after a five year break, I wanted to stay in a hotel on the outskirts of the city centre which wasn’t too far to walk. In the end I choose this hotel. It maybe a twenty minute walk to where the Opera House is located in the heart of the city but when I came across this hotel online, I knew I had to check it out.
With my previous stays in Ukraine not a great one, Hotel Taurus soon became one of my favourite places to stay in this region and would return in an instant. On my last visit to L’viv, this hotel was just about to open in 2014, so I missed out. This time around, it wasn’t going to happen. Arriving at the main entrance after a twenty minute taxi journey from L’viv airport, I was welcomed by the front of house staff. The check in area maybe small but the lounge area next to it had very comfortable seats, modern television screen and a pretty Christmas tree (well, it was that time of year). Check in was swift and before I knew it, I was whisked up in the elevator to the floor where my room was located.
The room itself was very modern and clean. First impressions are a must with me and Hotel Taurus did not let me down. Plenty of luggage space (and floor to that matter), with a clean washroom with the necessary towels and toiletries. There is a desk/table in the room and I found this area to be very useful during the daytime as I was doing a lot of work on the laptop in between leaving the hotel for visits around the city. I even ordered room service at lunchtime whilst working and the food didn’t let me down. In fact, it was delicious. I love the fish here and how it was cooked, it was that good, I had it two days on the trot! The bed itself, large, cozy, comfortable and was able to get a good night’s sleep. As it was winter, heating is a must and it worked! OK, the room wasn’t like an oven but it was warm enough to get a good night’s sleep.
Breakfast I found a bit unusual but was enough to give me satisfaction to get through the day. There were the usual breakfast food like sausages, eggs, tea etc but there were also some food which you would eat at dinner team like pieces of meat, vegetables etc. I just found this a bit weird but other guests seemed happy enough to eat this.
One of my favourite things about the hotel is the SPA-center. A fantastic place to come into late in the afternoon after walking around in the cold and on icy pavements to restore my energy balance and the harmony of the body. I didn’t go for a spa treatment but I did check out the pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi and must have spent over two hours done here relaxing. I was the only soul down here so I stayed here for a lot longer than I usually would and enjoyed the hours of joyful peace. I love the interior design here, the colours are so natural. The sauna was filled with herbal aromas and there was relaxing music being played in the background. The guys here have really put a lot of effort into the SPA-center.
As my regular readers know, I love fitness and running. So of course every morning after breakfast, I would be in the fitness room. The room consisted of the usual weights, treadmills, exercise bike, cross-trainer as well as towels and water provided. There is even a large television screen on the wall so users can watch whilst on the machines. A great way to start the day.
In terms of bars, there is a lounge bar on the top floor but I didn’t get to check this out as I was out in the center every evening and returned to my hotel room a bit tipsy from a good night out. However I have been told a good view of the city can be had up there as the hotel is located on a hilltop on the western side of town.
The hospitality and service here was fantastic as well as a comfortable stay was to be had. Would recommend anyone visiting L’viv to stay at the Hotel Taurus and check out all the facilities it has to offer. A great location, not far to walk from the centre (also around a five minute taxi journey), ideal for a quick getaway to the airport if on a morning flight (like mine was at stupid o’clock in the morning) and the perfect place to relax after a day’s sightseeing.
A personal note from me – my time at the Taurus Hotel was paid for by myself and was not sponsored in anyway by the company. The opinions in this post are my own and is totally honest. I would like to thank the staff for making my short stay here an enjoyable one.