A huge hotel but very functional with good service oveall and English speakng receptionists.Breakfast was interesting and the American diner was ok for food.We ate out and best to pay cash for everything as I used my credit ard once (not in the hotel) and it was cloned.
Swimming pool very good as were the tennis courts at the hotel -basic changing rooms but adequate.Modernisation is going on but we were not disturbed by the noise -ask for a sea view.Rooms again functional but adequate, not plush but kept very clean
Night life was an eye opener for my 15 year old son as there is lap dancing in a part of the hotel.Sochi is a constrction site so leave an extra hour to get to and from the aiport the traffic jams are terrible and took us 2 hours to cover 10k to the airport!!
Ask for English menus at restaurants as most had them but keep a note of what you order as we had a few surprises and we were overcharged a couple of times as they see tourists as fair game,
The staff were friendly and it is a good central position near the centre and a beach.Before going I contacted the Sochi Club http://www.sochiclub.ru/ and Yaraslav was very helpful and speaks perfect English.
My impression overall was that Russians are not that friendly to other European tourists but in generall Sochi felt safe if you stayed in the tourist parts and did not stay out till the early hours.We were there as my daughter play in a football tournament so we had a focus but I am sure there are Black sea trips and more local architecture to see than we did.
- 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