Hotel Kyjev is one of the boldest architectural reminders of socialism in the center of Bratislava. Built in 1973, it was one of tallest buildings in the capital and it was known to be reserved for the most important guests coming to town, even the president had his suite there!
After the fall of communism, the hotel continued with its purpose. The interior of the building itself was never reconstructed so the retro style of accommodation actually became the attraction for travelers.
Unfortunately, even the design distinction couldn’t help and Kyjev, named after the capital of Ukraine, was closed in 2011. It’s such a shame, because if you think that the exterior of the hotel is impressive, you should have seen the lobby and the common rooms of this place. They were quite the sight. And the view from the roof was breathtaking (people were not actually allowed to go on the roof of the hotel but some of us were lucky enough to sneak out up there and because of that have one of the most impressive dates of their early 20s).
Nowadays you can find the popular night club Luna bar downstairs in the former Kijev’s hotel bar still in the original retro style. Or you can just admire the building itself which since the year of 2019 the view is even more interesting because the entire wall of the hotel was turned into one of the biggest street art pieces in Central Europe. It was done by photograph Lousy Auber.