In May 2009, a fire broke out in a gambling hall in Dnipropetrovsk, which ended up killing nine people. As a consequence of this incident, gambling was declared illegal in Ukraine and all casinos and gambling halls were shut down. This remained the case until last year when the Gambling Act was signed into law on August 11th, 2020 by the country’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky. The VerkhovnaRada, the Parliament in Ukraine, had passed the bill in a 248-95 vote at its second reading, after which it had been sent to Zelensky’s desk.
The bill had first been introduced in October, 2019, but had been rejected, but things took a turn in 2020 when it was signed into law. According to the bill, bookmaking, slot halls, online gambling and land-based casinos would be legal, but casinos in Ukraine would only be located in hotels.An eligibility criteria was also outlined for gambling operators, which include obtaining an appropriate gambling license. A number of hotels had immediately applied for a permit to open gaming halls on their respective premises. The Ukraine Gambling Commission gave its go-ahead to eleven hotels in the country to do so.
The Commission for the Regulation of Gambling and Lottery (KRAIL) has granted a premises permit for gambling operators to eleven hotels in Ukraine, located in different cities. Seven hotels were rejected during this process. A set of documents has to be compiled by the gambling operators for making a license application in order to engage in gambling with the permit they have obtained. Hotels in Kiev, Rivne, Odessa, Lviv and Kharkiv were granted permission. Let’s take a look at some of the hotels that have been granted permits for opening casinos:
Hotel Lybidin Kiev
Located in the business and historical center of Kiev, the Premier Hotel Lybidis one of the hotels that has fulfilled the requirements for obtaining the permit needed to offer gambling activities to its patrons. The hotel had opened its doors back in 1970 and its location is a very convenient one. This is due to the fact that there are numerous restaurants and cafes, a convenient transport interchange, St. Volodomyr’sCathedral and a great place for walking near the hotel i.e. the Botanical Garden. In addition, it is just ten minutes away from the Central Railway Station and the Ukraine Shopping Centre is also very close, where people can have a pleasant shopping experience.
As far as the hotel itself is concerned, you will discover that Hotel Lybid has a total of 274 rooms, which allows everyone to find one that suits their budget and tastes. Free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, telephone and air-conditioning are some of the facilities provided in the room, along with impressive views of Kiev. The Hotel Lybid has many advantages to offer to its visitors. There is a 24-hour reception desk, baggage storage, a shuttle service to and from Zhulianyor BoryspilAirport, currency exchange, a safe, ironing, laundry and dry cleaning services. They offer room services 24 hours a day and people are also permitted to stay with their pets.
Ukrainian and European cuisines are available on the premises of the Lybid Hotel. There is a buffet breakfast, a children’s menu for the young ones and healthy dishes. Visitors are free to arrange business meetings, relax in the 24-hour lobby or on the terrace, play billiards and now, they will also be able to spend time in the Hotel Lybid Kiev casino and indulge in some gambling.
Hotel Tourist in Kiev
Another hotel in Kiev that was granted the premises permit for opening a casino is Hotel Tourist, and as the name indicates, this hotel is a tourist hotspot due to the facilities it offers. Featuring a restaurant, barbershop and a sauna, the Tourist Hotel is just 10 minutes away from Kyivo-Pechers’kaLavra. The nearest underground station is called Livoberezhna and it is just five minutes away. The Hotel Tourist is located just six kilometers away from Kiev city centreand the Igor Sikorsky Kyiv International Airport is just 20 kilometers away.
Some of the other places that are located nearby include the International Exhibition Centre, which is at a distance of 3.5 kilometers, along with the Kiev Academic Theatre of Drama and Comedy and Komod Shopping Center. The rooms in the Hotel Tourist overlook the Dnieper River and they come with complimentary smoke detectors, complimentary Wi-Fi and tea/coffee making facilities. You can enjoy some splendid views from the hotel. There is also glassware, an electric kettle and fridge available. VIP check-in and out, safe deposit box, housekeeping, luggage storage, 24-hour security and other services are also available.
Hotel Tourist also has a business center, banquet/meeting facilities, Jacuzzi, massage and sauna and now a casino will also be added to its offerings.
Hotel Rus in Kiev
Located in the center of Kiev’s business and tourist districts, the Hotel Rus is a comfortable and large hotel, which is built on a small hill. The rooms of the hotel offer incredible views of the main sport arena, the Olympic Stadium. There are 451 rooms in the hotel of different classes, from suites to standard rooms. There is a lobby bar, sushi bar, the restaurant Rus and the bar Terrace. A 24-hour reception desk, currency exchange, free parking and transport to and from the airport is also available. The hotel also has a souvenir shop on its premises and well-equipped conference rooms of different types.
The Hotel Rus is quite popular amongst businessmen because of its facilities and now that a casino will also be made on its premises, its appeal is going to increase. As it often hosts a variety of business meetings and seminars, it draws attention from business communities. It also takes an active role in protecting the environment, when it comes to energy and water consumption, educational training and waste management. People can enjoy perfect service with comfortable rooms and a helpful staff and now have some fun in the casino to be established in Hotel Rus.