We went to the mountains as my Russian friends called it. I had no idea what to expect.The further we drove from Pyatigorsk, crossing the border from one Region/Territory, Sevastopol to Karachaevo-Cherkessian Region the more I was concerned with what lay ahead. it is definitely a different part of Russia, my wife called it the territory where mountain people live. We saw large stretches of good agricultural properties some good, many under utilized. When we came to the Village of Khabez, I was directed to look at an old fort tower on the top of a nearby hill. Soon we turned into the Hotel Adijuh-Palace property. As with all properties in Russia, there is a security check point to enter the property. Because we were driving a new vehicle with Pyatigorsk license plates and looking respectable we were allowed in without being asked for credentials. The hotel is built on a rise above the nearby river looking over a garden area with walk ways through this area towards the river, a swimming area, and a barbeque area. There is a fee to use the beach/barbeque area. Russians like to barbeque beef and pork on wood coals, unlike our natural gas, propane or briquets in North America. This type of barbeque does have a special flavor.
The hotel rooms are good for North American standards (excellent for Russian standards). the bathroom was clean and in good order, except the door handle can apart in my hand, as well as the bathroom door lock, nothing unusual for Russia, even in a good and relatively new hotel.
The Spa area is where this hotel is excellent! it has a dry sauna, a steam sauna, a jacuzzi tub, cold dip tank (2), and an infra red sauna plus a good size indoor pool all surrounded by heated tile flooring.
The sauna/spa area was kept impeccably clean by staff who were always tiding up after people as they left an area.
I visited the dinning room other than it looked good we did not sample the menu as my hosts whom I was traveling with wanted to barbeque outside at the swimming/barbeque area, where we partook in some real Russian "Shashlyk".
Breakfast was outside in a reception/dance pavilion adjacent to the hotel. It was an interesting ornate wrong iron construction, a nice place to enjoy breakfast. The food was good, better than most hotels I've stayed in while visiting Russia, there was a good assortment of Russian cooked cereals, some meat sausages, cheese, bread and yogurts. The coffee was lacking as only hot water was supplied with instant coffees provided and an assortment of teas.
All in all it was definitely one of the better hotels in the region, and for Russian standards an exceptional value for the money Rub 4000.00, about $130.00 Canadian/US.
I would recommend this hotel if you are ever in the area.
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