Next to Marins Park are a brand new Mercure and Pullman (in the same complex) but I heard itís the same story there - no hot water, bad service, unfinished hotel. Apparently there is a Marriott Courtyard and a Swissotel opening too. But I didn't see those. As for open hotels thereís a Soviet-style hotel on the seaside strip is called the Grand Hotel Zhemchuzhina Sochi. Looks as great as it sounds
At restaurants I felt like an inconvenience - especially when weíd then have to ask for an English menu. That just made some servers almost seethe with hatred. What I found funny was that menus come entirely in English OR Russian so even when you find what you like, the server doesnít know what youíre pointing to because itís in English.
The city itself is actually really, really pretty. Lots of green spaces and parks and art everywhere. Very well-maintained. I can imagine itís even prettier in the summer.
If you want a laugh - hereís the video on Marins Park Hotel. Itís all in Russian but itís so weird to watch. Make sure you donít miss the part where they show the hotel Strip Club (oh yes ó itís around 4:25). Doesnít every city center 4-star hotel have one?
The video makes it look - as my mom said "not that bad". But thatís before I told her the carpet in the room is sticky and the box spring had brown stains all over it and the empty mini-bar fridge had mystery liquid goo all over the bottom of it.
Donít even get me started on the SO random cage of monkeys in front of the hotel OUTSIDE. Who knows.
Here's the video. It's NSFW, around the 4:25 mark when they show the strip club. Bet that makes you want to watch it even more now, huh?
[Photo: Marins Park Hotel]