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Some of my more active older posts are ones related to the housing situation at the upcoming 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. This is because there is a real situation (AKA problem) and a large number of travelers still don’t have any idea where they will be staying in Sochi (including me). There are now cruise ships that will be docked nearby that some people have been reserving, but that idea just isn’t exactly my first choice – especially since it is a pre-paid non-refundable reservation. My opinion has always been that rooms will eventually be available as construction is completed on some hotels, and the IOC releases the un-needed rooms. Though there has always been a 0% guarantee that my opinion will turn out to be correct.
Today there is a big step in the right direction as I got an email from CoSport.com (the official ticket source for the United States and several other countries) that they have some room-only accommodations available. Historically they have had some rooms, but only as a part of a larger and much more expensive package.
I currently see two hotel selections – one 3 star and one 4 star (though they may be grading on a curve). The downside is that they are for select date ranges only, and none of those dates seem to line up with what I need, but the prices are reasonable compared to some “black market” options I have seen. The 3 star Zelenaya Roscha comes to $1189 all-in for three nights, double occupancy. The 4 star Pansionat Yuzhny-Hotel II comes to $1489 for three nights, double occupancy. Breakfast is included in that price.
I have not done much research on those hotel options, but if you are still looking for rooms then it might be at least worth a look to see if the available dates line up with your needs.
If you have finalized your Sochi hotel reservations, I’d love to hear about it!