Where to Stay in Sochi
Twentieth-century Sochi was defined by palatial Soviet sanatoriums and high-rise hotels along the resort city's pebbly beachfront. Twenty-first-century Sochi has been a work in progress, with massive construction transforming the city in preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Many new hotels have been opening, mostly in the luxury segment.
Where to stay depends a lot on when – and for what purpose – you are visiting: a summer beach vacation or snow sports in the Alps? Or perhaps hiking in the mountains in the warmer months? Once you've settled on the location, the next question is: what sort of accommodation? The comfort of an international hotel brand, the adventure of a Stalin-era sanatorium, or the quirky retro experience of a Soviet high-rise hotel? The budget segment is undeveloped; Russians economize with home-stay (known as chastny sektor, or “private sector”), but you'd really need to speak some Russian for this option.
Here are our top 5 picks for where to stay in Sochi: