About this listing
THREE separate rooms clean apartment right in the Lviv CENTER the BEST views of the beginning of the main avenue: Svobody Ave, 1 block (3 mins) walking to Rynok (Market) Square and 5 mins to the Opera House.
Starred location is your place. All the historical and best dining places are around and there are few popular ones right under the apartment.
- Perfect Location - all historical places are around you (see sketch map).
- Bright, eco-clean place equipped with everything you need (ask if you need something special).
- Suitable for both vacation and business stays (fully equipped kitchen and big office table).
- Free Internet/WiFi available in apt. and green square in front of the building.
- 4 new restaurants right under the apartment building (no sounds, isolated by 0.6m concrete floor): traditional Ukrainian ('At Mrs. Stepha's'), Italian 'Bianco-Rosso', Japan 'Yapi Sushi Island' and modern Ukrainian art restaurant 'Salo'.
The place is ideal for 4-5 people, if beds are shared it can easily fit 8-10.
1) master bedroom (green avenue view): 1 wide double size bed (max. 2 persons)
2) office/guest bedroom (green avenue view): 2 double pull-out sofas (max. 4 persons)
3) living room (quiet backyard view) with TV and 1 semi-double pull-out sofa (max. 2 persons), additional sofa can be added (on request).
Room sizes: 11 + 18 + 18 m2.
Bathroom (with bathtub, shower and washer) is separate from toilet (with washstand).
There is enough space, so additional sleeping place can be arranged if needed. But if you need even more place or want to stay cheaper sacrificing privacy & cleanness, you can always find a hostel nearby with shared rooms (4-16 people in one room with bunk beds) for 10-15$/day/person (min 3 nights).
Fresh linens, bath towels and required toiletries are provided.
FEES: Generally we don't charge cleaning fees, because our guests usually stay for 3 nights or longer, but if you stay less than 3 nights or you leave apartment very dirty, there will be 10-30$ cleaning fee additionally (to be paid on check-out). But we may also waive or lower it if you leave apartment perfectly clean as you found it (yes, we had few such clean guests).
Please request our convenient transfer service from airport / train station or if you come on your own you can be met anywhere on Svobody Avenue (best in front of 'Bianco Rosso' restaurant) and guided to the apartment by me.
Please message or give me a call when you arrive.
You won't be disturbed until the day of your check-out (unless you need something) - this is your home! But feel free to call/message me on any questions or needs.
Welcome to the ancient and beautiful Lviv!
(skip if you are not first time Lviv visitor)
10-30 THINGS TO DO
MP3 TOUR GUIDE
- Lviv in 2 Hours
- Ancient Lviv" Excursion
RESTAURANTS / RECREATIONS NEARBY (5 min):
Restaurants under apartment:
- Bianco-Rosso ("White-Red")
(website hidden) (launch - 7$, dinner - 10$)
- Yapi Sushi Island - ЯПІ «Острів суші»
- Ukrainian 'At Mrs. Stepha's'
(not new but somehow got into top 10).
Other well known Lviv's creative and original restaurants/pubs/cafes are in few mins walking distance (in order of guests' preference):
- Kryjivka / «Криївка» 24h ** (password is: "Slava Ukrayini - Heroyam Slava" [means: "Glory to Ukraine - Glory to Heroes]) at Rynok sqr. 14
- «Місько Пструг, хліб та вино» і «Петро Братванка» * at Brativ Rogatyntsiv, 49
- «Львівська майстерня шоколаду»*
- Ресторація-музей «Гасова лямпа» at Virmens'ka, 20 *
- Masoch-Cafe/ «Мазох-cafе» *
- The Most Expensive Restaurant in Galicia «Masonic Lodge» / «Найдорожча ресторація Галичини» *
- Галицька Жидівська кнайпа «Під Золотою Розою» / Jewish restraurant "Pid Zolotoyu Rozoyu" [Under Golden Rose] at Staroyevreyska str. [Old-Jewish str.] *
- Lviv Coffee Manufacture / «Львівська копальня кави»*
- «Міська пекарня штруделів та сирників»*
- Medelin / Меделін at пл. Коліївщини, 1 (на перехресті вулиць Староєврейської та Федорова)
- «Ресторація на Валовій» *
- «Дім Легенд» *
- «Лівий берег»
- «Зеник. Пиво з дерунами»
- «Зеник. Гламур»
- Beer Museum
- Kumpel at Chornovola Ave 2b
* - recommended by guests
Not expensive buffet type restaurants (5-3 mins away):
- "Пузата Хата" ("Puzata Hata" ~ "Belly House") at Shevchenka Ave right across McDonnalds a bit further the avenue
- «Час Поїсти» ("Time to Eat") at 3 Kopernyka St or 12 Starojevreis'ka St
- Smakolyk at 5 Mykhal'chuka St
For those who want to cook themselves: grocery store is in 'Opera Passage' (9am-11pm) is on the way to the Opera Theater (Svobody, 27), A three farmer markets are nearby too.
- Fitness Center 'Sofia': gym, yoga, pool (speedo & swim cap required), spa. - 12 USD/day.
Closest clubs (few mins walking):
- Club "Rafinad People" *
- Fashion Club
Other (also in walking distance)
- Metro Club *
LOCATION INFO SECTION
Do you know that you will stay on the banks of the river?
A little bit of history of the location.
In the XVIII century the old city fortifications were demolished, the moats were filled in, leveled and replaced by public gardens and parks. The architectural appearance of the city changed drastically. The modern city center appeared on the banks of the Poltva River. At the end of the XIX century the river locked into a concrete manifold, so basically you will be standing on a river. The construction works in the main avenue grew faster after Lviv was proclaimed the capital of one of the 26 provinces of Austro-Hungarian Empire. The nobility of Lviv wanted it to resemble the greatest cities of Europe. Local newspapers called Lviv ‘a small Paris’. Public places, luxurious hotels and shops began to spread around.
Svobody Avenue is the main street of the city. Previous names: from the mid-nineteenth century. - Higher Karolya Ludwig and Carol Ludwig Net (Untere i Obere Karl Ludwig Straße, Karola Ludwika wyższa i niższa). In 1871 St. Louis High Karolya were called Hetman (Hetmańska), in honor of the great crown hetman Stanislaw Jablonovsk (Stanisław Jabłonowski), whose monument installed in 1859, and below - just Carol Ludwig. Since 1919 st. Carol Ludwig were called Legions (Legionów). In 1887, under the direction of engineer Vaclav Ibanskoho (Wacław Ibański) blocked Poltva River underground. In 1940 Hetmanska street and entered the Legion warehouse one - the first of May. In 1941 her first divided into Opernstrasse and Museumstrasse, and then merged under the name Adolf Hitler Platz / Ring. In 1944 - First of May, and then were called Lenin Avenue. In 1991 renamed to Svobody Avenue (year when Ukraine got independence from Soviets).
ENJOY your stay in LVIV
(by airbnb rules some links are visible after reservation)
Events & Restaurants Map (with virtual tour):
Public Transportation Map:
Sketch map with historical places around:
(you can get this or similar one in Tourist Information center on Rynok Square).
Lviv Video Guide:
Some Nice Videos about Lviv:
and short timelapse
Thanks for being interested in our city,
Guests will have 2 keys to open:
1) building entrance door
2) apartment itself (upper lock)
Apartment door locked from the inside can not be opened from the outside.
Let me know how many sets of keys do you need upfront if more than 2.
Interaction with Guests
We will meet you in the apartment (or airport/train station if your order transfer service) and will answer any questions you might have.
PERFECT CENTRAL LOCATION
This is really center, people walking down the Svobody Avenue won't make you feel alone.
Note, there is traffic on the avenue during work days and although we have double glassed windows which eliminate most of the traffic noise some guests still consider it loud, so if you are light sleeper you may want to check some other place or let me know and we can prepare bed in quiet backyard facing room for you. There is no traffic on Sundays.
Our building is best featured in this unique aerial video right after airport and train station and before Opera House / fountain (28-43 sec):
Walk everywhere, you really don't need transport, except if you are lazy take a tram or bus. There is also Chudo (Mirracle) Train that will get you to all popular places in an hour if you are limited by time.
Other Things to Note
PLEASE WRITE TO US BEFORE BOOKING (rates may vary depending on the number of guests, length of your stay, exact season and rooms that you need).
We are private rent out not a business like most of the other apartment offerings that you can find in Lviv, so we are much more flexible and human. Also offering convenient transfer service. We want our guests to be our friends not our clients. :)
If you are with car, there could be place for it on back-yard is to be paid additionally 100 UAH/night (if available).
The back-yard entrance gate is locked, so it is only for permanent stay (you will not be able to use your car during your stay but there will no be need for it).
But you can leave the car on the square behind the building (no charge).
This apartment is perfectly clean so we expect our guests to be clean and organized too.
1. LOCKING. Ensure that the entrance door is locked when you leave and when you are inside (inside lock can not be opened outside, use Intercom, do not open doors to strangers). Windows can be tilted inwards for optimal, draft-free ventilation (especially from backyard side).
2. EXTRA-PEOPLE. No guests except those registered in advance. Do not bring people you don't know to the apartment - any spontaneous overnight extra guests are subject for extra guest fees on check-out (enforced by airbnb). No local visitors please for security reasons except when agreed upfront.
CLEANNESS / RESPECTFULNESS
3. SHOES. Leave your shoes at the entrance hall (there is plenty of space for it) and let your feet breathe and stretch. We have clean floors and you don't probably like breathing germs and chemicals brought from street. You can use your home slippers though.
4. SMOKING. No smoking in the apartment. Though smoking on the balcony is possible for a fixed fee, please ask. (I want you, someone around you and those who will stay after you to be healthy). Note, Ukraine adopted no smoking laws in all public places (including cafes/bars, restaurants, bus stops etc).
5. DRINKING. Do not get crazy drunk or do any illegal things. If neighbors suspect something suspicious they can call police.
6. NOISE. Please stay quiet after 11pm (supported by Ukrainian law). Neighbors can complain and call us or police.
7. CLEANNESS. We expect you to be a clean guest. If not, there could be additional cleaning charges on check-out (10-30$).
8. DAMAGE & INCIDENTALS. Any damage to the apartment (furniture, linens, kitchen stuff etc) is subject for double compensation of the damaged item costs when reported during stay or on check out. Guests MUST report any damage/breakage/incidentals to avoid flat fee charges to deposit. Minimal - $10.
~ Please inform me if I miss any detail or if you have any issues, concerns or suggestions about the place. Looking forward to meet with you :)
Fine rental apartment in a perfect location. Airport transfer service was very punctual and friendly. I highly recommend! Polecam to mieszkanie!
Alex and his dad were helpful. When problems came up (the boiler in the bathroom had a problem with pressure etc etc), they handled them. They even found someone who could teach me private bandura lessons, which was a gesture I really appreciated. As for the apartment - it's clean, well-located and well-maintained. The only con is that there can be noise pollution (from the street and some sort of club) in the rooms closer to the main street. I ended up sleeping mostly on the sofa bed in the living room. Still, even with that issue, I think this apartment is good for anyone who plans to stay in Lviv for a longer period of time. It's comfortable and provides a good standard of living.
In terms of location it is the best apartment in Lviv Center.
All the historical places and most of the clubs are of walking distance to this apartment.
Alex is a professional person, we saw that he designed the apartment very nice. Apartment is clean and we found everything what we need in the apartment.
I recommend this apartment to everybody who will visit Lviv.
The apartment is nice and functional with all necessary equipment. The owners will try and repair / improve whatever problem there is. Only problem for me is the quite loud noise from the street in the bedroom.
Please, be careful when dealing with Alex. I booked an apartment with him and it was really a bad experience.
Basically, after I booked and confirmed with him, he received a better offer and decided to cancel my reservation. While he was giving me excuses of why he was cancelling -and I had to defend my reservation rights as he canceled just 20 hours prior to arrival- he came into personal issues and racial comments against groups of people that were pretty nasty.
Its a pity we can only leave a 500 words comments as I wanted to copy and paste all our communications for all the Airbnb community to be able to read what he said.
Eventually, I had to re-schedule my reservation (otherwise I wouldnt not even have a place to sleep in the first night and he didnt show up (I have videos and pictures!). And of course I had to book a last minute accommodation which was expensive. I have video and pictures of the time and location where we agreed to meet and he wasnt there - I just didnt want to give him any room to excuse himself after all this.
I must say that, although late, Airbnb customer service came back to make justice against this person. They apologize, Alex has been warn and now he has bad record on his file -apparently the policy of Airbnb is to give a second chance but I am not sure if it was mentioned at some point that Alex had already problems with Airbnb. In any case, for the sake of the project of airbnb, I think the best is avoid people like him.
Airbnb gave me a compensation because of the experience dealing with this person - which I found fair.
If someone wants to read the entire conversation, please contact me and i have no problems to send you the entire list of messages we exchanged for you to decided if this is a person to be trusted and if the repeated racial remarks he stated are acceptable for you.
Thank you for your review Cesar. I'm sorry for the broken communication that happened.
Unfortunately you are not telling all the truth that explains why you didn't stay in my apartment. First I declined your booking request because I had guests who may want to stay longer and after my guests said they are flexible and can move out earlier I accepted your reservation again, but in communication you said you are coming with someone else which made the reservation invalid as you didn't book for the second guest. You also didn't provide enough information about you and your additional guests and I got better offer and asked you either cancel or alter your reservation and/or offered stay in other apartment or find anything else suitable. In our communication you were rude telling me that it is not my business to know the purpose of your visit and what you will do in our apartment. You didn't even tell what country you are from which made it very suspicious taking to the account that you don't have any reviews from previous hosts on airbnb. Finally we agreed that you will stay just one night in apartment as you ignored all of my other offers. But on check-in time you didn't call to notify me that you arrived so I could meet you. After an hour I finally got a message from you, and when I came to the place where you supposedly waited I didn't find you and you didn't respond. I waited for you for 2 more hours but didn't get any message from you.
airbnb should have returned you all your money and I hope you and your guest found some other place to stay which could explain why you didn't come and respond.
This was the first time I had such an experience with unidentifiable guests who refuse to provide required information about themselves and didn't inform about their arrival.
Квартира в самом центре. Ничего не разбито, всё функционирует. Горячая вода есть. Ремонт относительно свежий. 2 комнаты выходят на проспект свободы (если открыты окна, то шумно) и 1 комната в тихий двор.
I was very pleased with my stay in Alex's place! The apartment was as described, right downtown, and even larger than I expected. Alex was also very responsive and easy to deal with.
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About the Host, Alex
Motto: Be Simple Creative!
- "Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated awesome simple, that's creativity." ~ Charles Mingus
- "Simplicity is about substracting the obvious, and adding the meaningful." ~ John Maeda
- "Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away." -- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
- "We suffer from not we don't have, but mostly from what we have."
I'm a happy father of 2 children (4.5 years old son and 1.5 year old daughter) and love to spend time with them and my lovely wife. But most of the time I spend working on my MBA from anywhere (software development is evolved to be my best skill after I math study in Lviv University).
I moved to Lviv with my family 15+ ago and liked it so much that can not find better place to live in the world (except of few tropical places), so I think you would want to stay in our lovely city at least for few days to explore it a bit and will love it.
I like to meet new people and will be glad to help them being as a host or as a guest.
I mostly have chance to travel North America, and also use this site to find good places to stay and connect to local people when I'm in the city. I'm open to home exchange and couch surf ing options too!
I have tent, sleeping bag/pad and you would find it crazy, but I find it more comfortable to sleep on a floor (which I think it is good for my back) than on a bed, so I don't even need a comfy couch, but I don't mind to trying out new sleeping surfaces. Clean 2 m2 and access to a bathroom is all that I really need. :)
If you are nature lover and want to go to mountains (e.g. Carpathian) I'm always ready and can share a second sleeping place in my small tent! :)
I prefer traveling by plane/train or by bike. I don't like cars and forgot how to drive them (my wife overtook it :), but we don't have and need car (at least yet).
I like to be super-flexible and I'm minimalist with some sense of perfection.
I would like to learn more on simple living not being bound to once city/country - life without borders.
Listing apartments here help me to meet different people and to travel other places, not mentioning paying raising bills & support/cleaning fees and investing remaining to make the most comfortable and cleanest place to stay in Lviv for our guests.
I would love to simply do home exchange with other owners to avoid involving money component, though it is not the most flexible possibility.
You are welcome in my home city Lviv - a capital of Western Ukraine, a unique city you won't find anywhere else, and if you are here, you will most likely find good people like you and want to stay for a while! :)
3 days is average recommended minimum by guests to explore Lviv. The good about city is that you won't need a car - it is pretty much walkable, bad - it is not very bike friendly (yet - there is some progress), though it has good public transportation which will get you to anywhere.
P.S. I'm Evangelical Christian so I posses most common true Christian character traits which you can expect from me.