The first foreign operator opened its casino in the capital of Ukraine

The elite Shangri La Casino Kyiv was opened in May 2021 in the center of Kyiv in Ukraine.

It is located on the ground floor of the 5-star Fairmont Grand Hotel, Ukraine. In the new complex, all the table games loved by the players are available. Dealers invite guests to one of twenty gaming tables, they are always friendly and sympathetic. The establishment also has a spacious hall with slot machines and three private VIP rooms.


At the casino entrance, customers are met by several security guards with metal detectors and a hostess. The staff first addresses clients in English, but if they hear Ukrainian or Russian in response, they switch to the appropriate language. Only players over the age of 21 are allowed to enter the gambling halls. To get to the casino, you have to register. To do this, you will need a passport, as well as a photo, which the manager makes right at the entrance to the complex, after that the client is given a club card.

For more than a decade, the gambling industry in Ukraine was outlawed, leaving exclusively state lotteries and sports poker in the legal field. However, despite the legislative restrictions, the gambling sphere in Ukraine has not disappeared anywhere. It just changed, continuing its illegal existence. And Storm International has been waiting for a long time for the opportunity to enter the Ukrainian market in a civilized manner.

On July 14, 2020, the Ukrainian government, after numerous meetings, nevertheless adopted a law legalizing gambling. It has created a number of excellent opportunities for long-term investments in gambling businesses. On September 23, 2020, the Gambling and Lotteries Regulatory Commission (KRAIL) was established – the agency responsible for the implementation of the law. And on April 9, KRAIL announced the issuance of a license to Shangri La Casino Kyiv. But there was still a lot to do.

It was necessary to perform the premises correct zoning, to organize the logistics of the flows of personnel and guests, to ensure the necessary services placement. There were difficulties due to the impossibility of making changes to the premises layout and the limited area for staff. It was not easy to carry out the work on the separation of technological networks between the hotel and the casino. I also had to face regular restrictions in carrying out noisy construction work in a functioning hotel.

A good casino should offer players comfort, entertainment and variety. There was a lot to take care of: the card tables, the roulette, the trained staff, but the most critical was the slot machine room. This is the most popular space in any gambling complex – a place that attracts people gives them the opportunity to relax.

For the new casino, 80 slot machines were selected from leading industry manufacturers with a return rate of 94% or more. Shangri La guests are offered:

  • Slots from the Bulgarian brand are distinguished by their dynamic play and attract the attention by the progressive jackpots system. Against the background of other machines, EGT stands out with a curved screen.
  • American video slots are noted for the use of visual special effects and excellent 3D graphics.
  • A well-known Austrian slot machines developer with over 30 years of history. The main company feature is the ability to run several games at once on one machine.
  • Scientific Games. The company became famous for launching lottery machines. Later it started releasing reel video slots.

It is noteworthy that the use of slot machines released before 2019 is prohibited. In addition to slots, there are 20 gaming tables with the most popular card games and American roulette. There is also a Gambee electronic roulette terminal.

Storm International always strives to make each of its casinos special, creating a unique atmosphere. For this, when preparing a new gambling complex in Kyiv, the existing design was adapted to the brand’s style. Fairmont Grand Hotel has high ceilings, which gives the space volume impression in the gambling halls and it is easier to be in and breathe in such a casino. In order to make the guests’ stay in the establishment as comfortable as possible, soft, comfortable chairs are installed, luxurious carpets with brand logos are on the floor, a bar with soft, hot drinks, and delicious snacks are provided.

There is a closed club for regular customers. And each player will be able to join the VIP community after purchasing a club card. Membership in the club will bring many benefits: it is allowed to make maximum bets, customers use the bar services without restrictions, each player is assigned a personal manager and more.

Enjoy a luxurious rest in Fairmont Grand Hotel

The hotel is located on the Dnipro embankment in the historical district of Kyiv – on Podil. This elegant, classical style 12-floors building is in perfect harmony with the surrounding historic quarters.

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is a large hotel chain with hotels in many cities around the world. It includes 90 hotels in 30 countries. And the service uniform standard for the hotel chain guarantees you a pleasant stay. There is a private reception and a comfortable lounge, a conference center with a total area of 1210 m2, including a ballroom with an area of 480 m2. SPA complex offers six treatment rooms, a relaxation room, separate women’s and men’s areas with a sauna and steam room, a beauty salon.

The hotel offers 258 comfortable rooms, including 54 suites, as well as royal and presidential suites. Thanks to its convenient location, the hotel offers unforgettable views of the Vladimirska Gorka and the Dnieper River. It is rightfully recognized as the best hotel in Ukraine!

About brand

The founder of the network, Michael Boettcher, borrowed the name Shangri La from the English science fiction writer James Hilton, who used the word in his novel Lost Horizon. This is a non-existent place where everyone lives forever and very happily. The same Michael Boettcher said about his casinos: “If you enter there, you will be happy forever!”

Today, under the Shangri La brand, there are 4 complexes in European capitals. The company also has a slot halls chain Storm Casinos in Germany and an online platform with a huge selection of slots, livecasino games and its own sportsbook.

And the new gambling establishment in Kyiv in Ukraine will strive to gain a reputation as the best casino in the country, offering the highest level of comfort for discerning visitors!