The common opinion is that Russia is not suitable for holidays, being regarded as a country which has a cold climate, even in the summer time. Sochi is the exception from the rule. The climate is mild, with long and sunny summers, therefore it will be the perfect destination for the thousands of football fans pouring into the city during the 2018 World Cup tournament.
Sochi is the unofficial capital of the Caucasian Riviera. The most important spa and recreation resort in Russia bathes in the waters of the Black Sea and is guarded by the Caucasus Mountains. It is famous for its beaches which display an extraordinary beauty. What better way to cool off before or after a football game, than by going for a pleasant swim?
Sochi is one of the most select cities in Russia, with quiet streets along are situated beautiful buildings. In addition, the city has several shopping and leisure ports, anchoring luxury yachts and boats of all sizes. For those who want to explore the city, other landmarks are the Dendrariu Park, set up at the beginning of the last century around a former holiday home of the imperial family, the Dolphinarium and the Sochi Theater.
Sochi became known all over the world by organizing the Winter Olympics, which opened on the 7th of February 2014. The 2014 Olympics were the first Russian hosted Winter Olympics and the second time Russia hosts the Olympic Games. More than 3000 athletes and as many officials from over 90 countries took part in the competition.
No expense was speared in providing the needed infrastructure for hosting an event of such magnitude. 50 billion dollars were invested in hotels, stadiums, infrastructure and places suited for hosting thousands of people. If you decide to participate, as a fan, in the World Football Cup in Sochi, in the summer of 2018, the city is ready for you. Pubs, night clubs, beaches, you name it. Everything is prepared for the arrival of football fans!
Now that you are faced with the facts that make Sochi such a wonderful place to visit, I bet that you can’t wait for the 2018 World Football Cup.
If you are planning on booking a flight right away, first take a look at some of the accommodations that the beautiful city of Sochi has to offer. The list I composed is comprised of hotels that have fabulous reviews and are located in the city centre or near the stadium.
Luxury Hotels in Sochi ($150-200)
Park Inn by Radisson Sochi City Centre
Park Inn by Radisson Sochi City Centre is a modern hotel, which offers an extraordinary view from the suites that have a balcony. Being situated in the very heart of Sochi, you will take part in everything that this city has to offer.
Good food? Check! You do not have to go out and find a good restaurant. Fancy going to the beach? Look no further. Park Inn by Radisson Blue is situated within 15 minutes walking distance from the beach.
This hotel has wonderful reviews and it should definitely be on your to be considered list.
Bogatyr Hotel will welcome you with its architecture and design, resembling a palace. Not only does the hotel have this type of architecture, but it is home to the type of luxury you would normally find in a palace.
The cuisine is exquisite, your taste buds will go on a wonderful adventure provided by the head chefs of this establishment.
Bogatyr Hotel is also offering a spa and an indoor pool, for guests to cool off before, or after a tense football game.
If there are absolutely no hotels left, you can try Airbnb.com, but make sure to ask your hosts in advance if they can register you.
What is registration? It is a Russian (very outdated if you ask me) law, that requires every foreigner to register in the immigration office in the first (!) day when he/she arrives. If you are staying in a hotel, they do the whole procedure for you. But in case you stay in a flat, you will probably need to take care of this by yourself.
If you are staying by Airbnb, here is my 22 EUR coupon discount for your first booking:
Middle priced hotels in Sochi ($50-100)
Estet Hotel is located in the Sochi city centre, being in walking distance from the most important attractions in the same area. Thus you will not need more than 10 minutes to get from the hotel to the Black Sea, The Sochi Summer Theatre or the Dendrarium. If you are trying to avoid crowded streets and want a new experience, you can rent a bike from here.
The rooms are newly furbished, and with good taste. They will make you feel right at home.
The hotel also offers free parking and other facilities to make your stay more pleasant.
Guest House Anaida
Guest House Anaida is a superb establishment situated within walking distance of the Olympic Stadium. The terrace gives a sense of piece and serenity and the rooms will make you feel right at home.
Past guests have reviewed Guest House Anaida as the perfect choice when you are on a budget, but still want to enjoy your stay and be comfortable.
Budget hotels in Sochi (less than 50$)
New Hostel Sochi
New Hostel Sochi is situated in the city centre and is offers accommodation that varies in the number of spots available. You can opt for a suite consisting of two beds and a couch, or you can choose to live in a room with 9 other people if your group is large enough, or if you simply want to make friends in this beautiful city.
Reviews from past tourists have pointed out that the staff is nice and the hostel has a well equipped kitchen at your disposal.
Anna Guest House
Anna Guest House has the great advantage of being situated at a 10 minute shuttle ride from the airport. It is located within walking range of the Olympic Park. Previous guests have reviewed the establishment as the best budget choice.
Anna Guest House has a nice garden and also gives you the opportunity to rent a bike, in case you want to stroll around the village.
Buying a World Cup ticket
If you haven’t yet, head to the official World Cup website and buy your tickets for the tournaments you are interested in.
Check out the site carefully, you will not only be able to buy individual tickets, but ticket packages for multiple matches are also available.
You can see the match schedule here.
Trains in Russia
Oh, I know a lot about transportation in Russia, trains and Trans Siberian in particular. Writing a detailed post that would help you guys plan your journey is in my to-do list for forever.
Before I publish it, how about you ask me questions in the comments section below this post? I promise to reply!
For now, I can say that this is the official site for Russian trains, but the interface is quite poor and sometimes it doesn’t accept foreign cards.
If you have troubles, there is a great friendly website that accepts foreign cards, PayPal, sends you SMS with train updates and is user-friendly, the price is 5% higher on average, but I think it is worth it because you won’t need to spend hours understanding how the official one works. And one more cool things – if you need to cancel or change the ticket, you can do it online!
If you want to go for a short distance, you can also try buses. Here is a good site for buying bus tickets online.
This is it!
If you want to be a part of the World Football Cup, if you want add to your experience by having the beach right on your doorstep, if you want to be chant for your National Team, Sochi is the town for you.
As you have seen from the list of choices I have provided, there are options for everyone and every budget. I urge you to book in advance, because the World Football Cup is the number one interest generating competition on the planet!