Top five of four- to five-star hotels in Sochi

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For world-class museums, rich imperial beauty and stunning historic architecture, Sochi is your destination of choice

1. Marins Park Hotel is located in the center of the city, right by the sea. Known in the Soviet times as Leningrad, the building was depicted on numerous postcards, which holidaymakers sent from Sochi back home. All rooms are bright and each has a spacious bathroom in marble.

The restaurant serves American breakfast, which is included in the price. There is a lobby bar, a cafe and a nightclub. The health center offers free sessions in a traditional Russian sauna, an enclosed swimming pool, and a jacuzzi from 9 am to 2 pm, after which all these services are available at a price.

Category: four stars

Address: 2 Morskoy Lane, Sochi

Prices (per room per night): 5,000 to 50,000 roubles ($150-1,500/€120-1,200)

Free wi-fi, Paid parking, Rooms for disabled guests, Non-smoking rooms, Smoking stations, Personnel speak Russian, French and English, Paid transfer offered, Visa support provided at special request, Extra beds available for children aged under 12

Cards accepted: American Express, Visa, Euro/Mastercard


2. Grand Hotel Zhemchuzhina  is a 19-storey building on the central embankment of Sochi. It offers standard rooms with bathroom and cable TV, as well as suites with balconies and panoramic windows. The hotel has several bars and restaurants, which serve European, American, Caucasian and Kuban cuisine. Zhemchuzhina runs one of the largest restaurants in Sochi, seating 1,000 persons, which was used as a filming location for a number of Soviet motion pictures. Zhemchuzhina maintains its own fenced beach and has a huge open pool with heated seawater.

Category: three stars

Address: 3 Chernomorskaya Street, Sochi

Prices (per room per night): 4,400 to 47,000 roubles ($140-1,450/€100-1,120)

Free wi-fi, Free parking (must prebook), Rooms for disabled guests, Non-smoking rooms, Smoking stations, Personnel speak Russian and English, Paid transfer offered

Cards accepted: American Express, Visa, Euro/Mastercard


3. Green Grove Spa Hotel , done in the Mediterranean style, is located in a picturesque environment within the Sochi National Park. Its windows and balconies open to a stunning view of the Black Sea. All rooms and suites are finished in dark wood and elegant fabrics with floral ornaments, and contain everything needed for a comfortable stay. Some of the rooms are soundproof. The hotel has its own beach, large SPA center, tennis courts and a magnificent restaurant with a generous smorgasbord and a selection of dietary dishes. There is also a snack bar serving refreshments.

The hotel is just 50 yards away from the summerhouse of Joseph Stalin; the concierge can arrange an excursion for you if you pre-book. You can also stroll down the quiet alleys of the estate on your own any time you want.

Category: three stars

Address: 120 Kurortnyi Prospekt, Sochi

Price (per room per night): 2,400 to 30,000 roubles ($75-1,000/€60-715)

Free wi-fi, Free parking, Non-smoking rooms, Smoking stations, Personnel speak Russian and English, Paid transfer offered

Cards accepted: Visa, Euro/Mastercard, JCB, Maestro, UnionPay debit card


4. Tulip Inn Rosa Khutor Hotel  is the ideal place to stay in Krasnaya Polyana for solitary romantics and lovers of skiing, as well as for families with kids and for big companies. It is situated within walking distance from the lower loading station of the Rosa Khutor resort. So if you want to find yourself at the center of Krasnaya Polyana, book a room here and enjoy the view from your window of the picturesque European-style embankment along the river Mzymta. At Tulip Inn, your room will have everything you need for comfort.

Catering services are provided on request. A romantic candlelit dinner with hot dishes and exquisite drinks can be arranged in the most unusual places: on a snow-covered slope, in the woods, or on the bank of a frozen lake only accessible by helicopter. Such a fairy-tale evening is sure to warm the heart of any beauty.

Category: three stars

Address: Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort, Krasnaya Polyana

Prices (per room per night): 4,300 to 13,800 roubles ($135-430/€100-330)

Free wi-fi anywhere at the hotel, Paid multilevel parking or free parking at the hotel lot (must pre-book), Rooms for disabled guests, Non-smoking rooms, Smoking stations, Personnel speak Russian, English, and French, Paid transfer offered, Free visa support throughout your stay at the hotel

Cards accepted: American Express, Visa, Euro/Mastercard, Diners Club, JCB, Maestro


5.   Grand Hotel and SPA Rodina , a luxurious hotel, was once the Rodina health resort, which belonged to the Soviet Cabinet of Ministers. Later the complex was used as a resort for Soviet Communist functionaries, members of the Russian government and presidential administration, governors and mayors, and famous actors. Today, Grand Hotel and SPA Rodina is the best hotel in town with one of Europe's largest spas. It runs a bar and two restaurants,  Moskva  and  Black Magnolia . Golf cars are available for moving around the hotel territory and the adjoining park. Guests are invited to use the conference room, cinema, library, and billiards room. There are only 11 hotels of the Rodina calibre in the world, including Grand Hotel Son in Majorca, Net Durley House in London, The College Hotel in Amsterdam, and Alexander in Paris.

Category: five stars

Address: 33 Vinogradnaya Street, Sochi

Prices (per room per night): from 20,000 roubles (from $625/€475)

Free wi-fi anywhere at the hotel, Free and unbooked parking, Rooms for disabled guests, Non-smoking rooms, Smoking stations, Paid transfer offered, Personnel speak Russian, English, and Italian

Cards accepted: American Express, Visa, JCB, Maestro


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