The Winter Olympics are in full swing and Sochi's got the world's attention. But the mountain town's got yet another #sochiproblem: attracting tourists amid reports of yellow water, insects in food and non-flushing toilets. One of the benefits of hosting the Games is an increase in curious tourists for years to come -- something Sochi may have a difficult time doing.
But travel website Trivago insists it's not all bad news when it comes to Sochi hotel accommodations. The site has named five hotels travelers will actually want to stay in. Finally, some #sochigoodnews?
|The Rodina Grand Hotel and Spa|
The Rodina Grand Hotel and Spa houses one of the largest spas in Europe and 40 luxurious suites -- located in a 37-acre park on the Black Sea. Interiors of the hotel, according to Trivago, are the creative work of Patrick Brugman and Suzanne Loggere, also the royal court decorators for Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. The Black Magnolia restaurant reflects a collection of the Spanish fashion designer, Paco Rabanne.
The property houses a "luxurious" spa, wellness center, swimming pool, restaurant, as well as numerous bars, a 3-D cinema and a playground. The property has hosted many international events, including the presentation bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Rodina is one of The Leading Hotels of the World.
|Mercure Rosa Khutor|
Situated atop the Caucasus Mountain, this property gives you the "true mix of sea and mountains," says Trivago. "The area is filled with aromas of mountain meadows and snow." The Mercure Rosa Khutor has 153 rooms and suites and six conference rooms. The Barskyi Stol restaurant serves traditional Russian, Ukrainian, and Mediterranean dishes against a modern, stylish backdrop with an open fireplace and a cozy terrace.
This "fashionable, contemporary hotel" in Sochi National Park in the heart of the Krasnaya Polyana region and Caucasus Mountains has become a favorite among the new Russian elite, according to Trivago. In a setting of "waterfalls, rich flora and fauna, magnificent meadows, caves, and canyons, it captures the spirit of the pristine Caucasus countryside." The hotel complex offers 413 guest rooms and 16 separate wooden villas, as well as multiple bars and restaurants with diverse menus. Don’t miss a trip to the Chandelle Blanche Medi Spa and beauty lounge salon.
|Park Inn by Radisson Rosa Khutor|
The Park Inn by Radisson Rosa Khutor is a ski resort located in Krasnaya Polyana village, just a five-minute walk from its own ski lifts. The Rosa Khutor’s 16 suites, 12 business rooms, and 183 standard rooms offer "stunning views" of the mountains and central embankment of the Rosa Khutor Ski Resort. It also houses the two-story German-style brewery, Bierkeller, which has a terrace bar that overlooks the mountain river, Mzymta. According to Trivago, the hotel has excellent leisure and fitness facilities, as well as ample ski equipment storage space.
|Radisson Blu Resort & Congress Centre|
The 508-room Radisson Blu Resort & Congress Centre offers its guests a "prime beachfront location" in the Adler district of Sochi, directly bordering new sports venues and the Black Sea coast. Decorated with "soothing beige and green tones," each room offers "stunning" views of either the mountains or the sea, says Trivago. The Mikado Sushi Bar serves sushi and sashimi in a designer setting. The spa center "spoils" guests with beauty treatments and massages. Finnish and Russian saunas, as well as a hammam (Turkish bath) with a large relaxation area and a Jacuzzi are also available.