Best hotels and hostels in Russian Caucasus

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Mineral Water Spas

    Bristol

    The pair of armoured knights guarding the entrance to this hotel signal a note of old-world glamour, reinforced by motifs of antique maps in the decoration inside. Rooms are comfortable with modern facilities, and staff speak English. There's a pleasant restaurant and separate bar (with some outdoor seating) in the hotel, which also has a spa and small indoor swimming pool.

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    Hostel Zhit' prosto Pyatigorsk

    A good location and an international, arty vibe are both strong points for this great new hostel. Dorms are big, mixed and have a fun painting of a London bus on the side of the wooden cubicle bunk beds. There's a good communal kitchen, and washing machines.

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    Grand Hotel

    Pretty much living up to its name, this classy, perfectly located place offers friendly service and large, well-furnished rooms, complete with spacious bathrooms. Facilities include a sauna and the Vesna restaurant.

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    Sanremo

    We dig the Sanremo for its intimate atmosphere (29 fabulous rooms), prime beachfront location and groovy restaurant-lounge at sea level. The minimalist rooms are spacious and modern, with enormous windows looking out to sea. They have access to a wide shared balcony with lounge chairs, but it's just a few steps to the sand. A perfect spot for sundowners, the lounge downstairs has indoor and outdoor seating, a tantalising menu of seafood and an overall atmosphere of irrepressible coolness.

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    Rodina Grand Hotel & Spa

    This ultra-swanky hotel – just north of Park Rivera – is the crème de la crème of high-end hotels in Sochi. Forty rooms and 20 villas are fitted with every comfort, from designer furniture to luxury linens. The property includes gorgeous gardens and a private beach. The property features five different eating options, from a rooftop terrace with views of the Black Sea coast to the Black Magnolia evening restaurant, with its well-stocked wine cellar.

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    Villa Anna

    Here's your chance to sleep in a 16th-century Scottish castle. (Ahem.) This place is over the top, with a drawbridge over the koi pond moat and armoured knights guarding the entrance. In keeping with the theme, the 30 guest rooms have thick carpets, heavy drapes and solid wood furniture. The banya complex is particularly atmospheric. Don't leave without trying to pull Excalibur out of the rock in the garden.

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    Grand Hotel Polyana

    Offering Krasnaya Polyana’s finest accommodation, Gazprom's sprawling 400-room resort has spacious, handsome rooms, decked with oil paintings on the wall and stocked with luxury linens and Bulgari bath products. Every sort of amenity is at guests' disposal, including indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, spa centres, restaurants and ski slopes right on the property. Prices include breakfast.

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    Swissôtel Sochi Kamelia

    Another luxury hotel built with the Winter Olympics in mind, Swissotel Kamelia is tucked away from the centre of town, heading southeast along Kurortny pr. Located in a park overlooking the Black Sea, the spacious rooms are tasteful to a tee, with modern decor and wide balconies. If you're not facing the sea, you're missing out.

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    Bridge Mountain

    In Krasnaya Polyana village, this friendly, modern hotel is an excellent midrange option for travellers who do not intend to spend their holiday in their room. The most economical option is the 9-sq-metre 'capsule', which includes two single beds and not much else. Standard rooms are a more generous 33-sq-metres, but still pretty sparse (though comfortable and modern). There is a restaurant on-site, as well as a spa, a banya and ski equipment rental. Prices increase during ski season.

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    Hotel Zamok

    This mock-medieval hotel and restaurant complex has 12 double rooms. The standards are modern and comfortable, but nothing out of the ordinary. However, the more expensive options boast beautiful beds and furniture, as well as working open fires. Seating for its upmarket Georgian restaurant is either inside the castle or in wooden huts in the surrounding grounds. The hotel is 8km west of Kislovodsk in the Alikonovka Gorge; a taxi here costs around R250 one way.

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    Sochi Breeze Spa Hotel

    The spa at Sochi Breeze includes a Russian banya (hot bath), Finnish sauna and Turkish bath, plus four pools (of varying temperatures) for soaking, swimming or taking a quick plunge. Soothe your sore muscles after spending the day skiing, hiking or strolling the seaside promenade. Rooms are adequate and service is friendly. It's a 10-minute walk to the beach.

  • Lodging in Black Sea Coast

    Magadan

    An isolated gold-mining town in the in the Far East, Magadan seems like a funny namesake for a Black Sea resort. In fact, the resort was established in 1947 as a camp for miners to send their children for sun and fun. Nowadays, you don't have to be a gold miner's daughter to enjoy the economical rooms and the private beach. It's about 20km north of Sochi.

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    Sochi Marriott Krasnaya Polyana

    This colossal top-end hotel at the foot of the Gorki Gorod ski lifts might belong to a major European chain, but its imposing facade is best described as nouveau-Soviet. Inside, however, things are much better, with spacious, comfortable rooms, as you would expect from Marriott. The views are fabulous, as are the spa facilities. Off-season deals abound.

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    Marins Park Hotel

    Step through the glass doors and into the marble lobby, sprinkled with shops. Here you'll find efficient English-speaking service and attractive, fairly priced accommodation. The understated rooms are decorated in light pastels and blonde-wood trim, with big windows welcoming in the light. Located in a quiet area just a block from the seafront.

  • Lodging in Black Sea Coast

    Azimut Freestyle Hotel

    This stylish hotel is an excellent base for your outdoor adventure, with modern comfortable rooms, friendly service and fabulous mountain and river views. It's particular popular among the young, sporty set. Coming from Roza Khutor train station, it's the first hotel on the left bank. Discounts are available for advanced online booking.

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    AC

    This sleek-looking six-storey hotel has 40 sizeable rooms with clean lines, soft tones and contemporary style. It's on the east side of ul Prosyshcheniya (away from the water), but guests in the upper-floor rooms still enjoy sea views from their balconies. There’s a cafe, restaurant and spa, and excellent service all around.

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    Hostel Lermontov

    Here's a sweet retreat for budget travellers. In a quiet residential neighbourhood, this is a tiny hostel upstairs from an interior design shop. In addition to the two- and six-bed dorms, there's a communal kitchen and a charming garden. The whole place is filled with knick-knacks and love. It's a 15-minute walk to the beach.

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    Valset Apartments

    Stylish apartments in the heart of the Roza Khutor are an excellent alternative to expensive hotel rooms, especially if you prefer to self-cater on occasion. A range of options are available, from cosy studios to two-bedroom apartments. There's a playground for the kiddies and amazing mountain views from your balcony.

  • Lodging in Black Sea Coast

    Hotel Prichal

    Rooms at the Hotel Prichal are pretty simple – but who needs fancy when the place is filled with sunlight, fresh sea air and truly positive vibes. The Prichal is a pebble's throw from the Black Sea, so you'll enjoy waking up to the sound of gently (or otherwise) breaking waves. Breakfast included.

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    Chernomorye Sanatorium

    With a convenient central location and an impressive modern facility, the sanitorium of the Russian railway system is one of the best in the area. In addition to the luxurious rooms, there are indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts and fitness centre, as well as a banya and sauna.