It would be fair to say that Sumy, Ukraine, has had a bit of a chequered history. The central city that bears the name of the region was founded in 1652, as a Cossack fortress to defend against the Crimean Tatars. As peace broke out, it became more of a commercial city. Today, it is home to the Ukrainian Academy of Banking, where you’ll find the Museum of the History of Ukrainian Money. As such, it is a vital city for Ukraine’s commercial sector.
Of course, Sumy is not merely an attraction for those with an interest in business and finance. Its other key draws for tourists are some of the country’s most impressive cathedrals and historic buildings. These include Sumy city’s oldest standing structure, the Church of the Resurrection, and the Cathedral of the Saviour’s Transfiguration. Sumy is one of Ukraine’s most architecturally beautiful cities.
If you’re planning a trip to Sumy, one other thing to bear in mind is the climate of the region - visit in winter and you’ll find snow and biting cold sub-zero temperatures. If, however, you arrive in the summer, it’s positively balmy for Ukraine and temperatures can range between 30-35 degrees Celsius (85-95 degrees Fahrenheit). Bearing that in mind may help you choose from the following options for accommodation.
One of the Sumy region’s best-value hotels, the Premier Hotel Shafran really does offer a lot for a little. You can spend the night in style here, without breaking the bank. Regular visitors praise the spacious and airy nature of the rooms, while the food frequently gets top marks as well. The hotel goes to great efforts to provide staff who can speak your language, making for a worry-free trip if your Ukrainian isn’t up to muster!
This cosy Airbnb rental will surprise you - two bedrooms and highly modern facilities typically mean you’ll be paying a premium rate. Instead, guests can kick back and relax in the beautiful surroundings for a fraction of what might be expected. With free WiFi, a TV, two balconies and a peaceful, quiet setting in central Sumy, you’ll have landed on your feet for a great price.
Accogliente moderno bilocale.Superhost
This apartment is perfect for holidaymaking families, providing enough room for up to seven people, at less than six dollars per person. With no corners cut on luxury - you’ve got free internet and TV facilities, as well as all the space a family could need - it’s the perfect option for bigger groups. Free parking is also included in the cost of the apartment.
2-bedroom Sumy apartment
Price: from 38 USD
Number of Guests: Up to 7
Located in a greener area than many other options, The Fazenda’s art deco shapes and lines are not its only concessions to modernity. Every room has a flat-screen TV and the hotel has expansive play facilities for your kids and your pets! This pet-friendly atmosphere adds to the Fazenda’s noted rural charm and makes it even more of a bargain.
This rental is located in the city centre and is a perfect getaway for couples and groups of three. Its modern, comfortable furniture is part of the renovation that the owners undertook in 2015, and its welcoming, open plan arrangement allows you to chat with friends in the living area while cooking in the modern kitchen. The apartment is also fully air-conditioned, making it a perfect choice for summer trips.
Open plan apartment
Price: from 24 USD
Number of Guests: Up to 3
Often with accommodation, you have to sacrifice location, comfort or value to find somewhere that will keep you in the heart of the city. The Pan Hotel is the exception to this rule. Located less than a five-minute walk from the city centre, the hotel’s numerous luxuries include a free massage. Food in the restaurant is extra but highly affordable. Aside from the Pan Hotel’s stylish lodgings, you can also enjoy all the surrounding attractions, while earning yourself a peaceful night’s sleep in this quiet, leafy part of the city.
Address: Pereulok Kuznechnuy 1
This rental sleeps four, sits in a historic city centre setting and is close to all of Sumy city’s most popular sights. Recently renovated, it includes a state-of-the-art kitchen and an Italian-style hot tub for visitors to relax in. Smoking is not permitted in the apartment, which allows it to remain in fine condition and provides it with a fresh, airy feel. A flat-screen TV is also included in this ultra-modern rental.
If you don’t want to stay in the city centre, then Sumy has you covered. The Zdybanka is a location that will leave you stunned by its style and surroundings. A minute from the beach, the Zdybanka is located on the banks of the Psyol. The hotel’s wooden ceiling beams, free saunas and effortless charm will keep you coming back time and time again.
Address: Zalivnaya Street 7/1
Restaurant Meeting/banquet facilities 24-hour front desk Sauna Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle
Sumy: a place of contrasts, a place of comfort
Travellers to Sumy will be struck by the city’s beauty and style, as well as how easy it is to find accommodation in quiet, relaxing areas. Although there’s no doubt that Sumy is a busy city with plenty of nightlife, it is also the perfect place for a peaceful break as a couple or as a “get away from it all” adventure with friends. And one thing that’s sure to keep you coming back is just how varied the sights are; from stunning architecture to beautiful countryside, it’s all nearby for you to explore.
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