The location is excellent, and use of the private beach was included in the room price.
The staff were extremely friendly (although i am thankful to the previous posts about retaining proof of how you arrived in Sochi- i was asked to show my boarding pass on checking in) and answered all my questions.
The breakfast buffet was typical of many mid-range Russian hotels i have stayed in, and i found it to be perfectly acceptable, and the range of excursions offered by the hotel were extremely enjoyable. Whilst i speak Russian, one of the tour guides spoke English and between us, i was able to enjoy the full benefit of the trip!
I was also able to pay to keep my room for an extra 6 hours (which came to around £15) on my day of departure, to allow me to fully enjoy my final day before heading to the airport.
The pool and the facilities around the pebble beach are good, and as it is a private beach, seemed much quieter and more relaxed than the rest of the embankment in Sochi.
I opted for a room without air-conditioning, which, with hindsight, was not the cleverest thing to do in late July, however this is easily remedied by asking to move rooms at the reception.
The restaurants in the hotel are fairly poor, but this was not an issue for me as i mainly ate outside of the hotel, where there is plenty of choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- GRAND HOTEL ZHEMCHUZHINA Grand Hotel Zhemchuzhina is situated right by the seashore, downtown, taking up 70 000 m22. It is a modern 19-storey hotel providing magnificent view of the Caucasus Mountains and the Black sea. Grand Hotel Zhemchuzhina is located in a park zone with tropical plants. Zimny theatre, Sochi circus, “Festivalny” concert hall, “Dendrarium” botanical garden, museums and theatres are situated nearby. BEACH AREA Well-equipped private beach has a capacity of 2000 pax. The following facilities are available: showers, sun loungers, deckchairs, parasols, restrooms and dressing rooms. The beach area is covered with authentic ocean sand for your ideal relaxation. Enjoy water fun activities with our pedal boats, wave runners, yachts and go windsurfing, parasailing and scuba diving. Moreover there is a special stage for performances and night discos, first-aid post, brise soleil area and sports equipment rental. Several restaurants, lounge-bar , store, billiards, massage, kids trampoline are open for your convenience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Zhemchuzhina Hotel Sochi