Grace Calypso Esto Sadok Hotel

In the village of Esto Sadok on the street Resettlement (35) is a 4-star hotel “Grace Calypso”. Guests are offered comfortable, modernly decorated rooms, own leisure infrastructure, proximity to the ski lift, restaurants, entertainment facilities of mountain Sochi. The distance from the airport is 46 km, 3 km away is the railway station “Esto Sadok”. Transfer from/to the stations is paid (1500 rubles as of November 2020). On the day of arrival, guests pay a resort fee of 10 rubles. per day of stay. There is a bus stop near the hotel. The shuttle to the resort rosa Khutor departs in the morning, back goes in the afternoon.

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Location and history

The hotel is owned by grace group. The company appeared on the market of hotel services in 2012. Owners pay attention primarily to the organization of world-class service and the provision of Services of European class. To date, the company has put into operation 9 hotels in Sochi, Adler, Krasnaya Polyana and Esto Sadka. All staff undergo mandatory training and internships. Everyone speaks at least two languages. Additional concierge services can be arranged at the reception. Uniform brand standards allowed to develop a single corporate culture, which is highly appreciated by the guests of the hotel complex.

“Nice hotel, we got here by accident but were very pleased with the service. Polite and nice staff. The rooms are clean, bed linen, towels, cleaning was done every day. The bathroom also pleased with the cleanliness and design. Until 14:00 free access to the spa with sauna and hammam. There is a rental of equipment, the prices in which are very acceptable. We rented a room for two-standard. If after skiing you are very tired and do not want to go out into the city to eat, then in the bar you can order food, pizza, drinks, beer, wine and all this will be brought to the room. Prices are affordable, not overstated, it is more pleasant to relax from this. I hope to come here again. Had a very good rest!” Svetlana.

The hotel building is built right in the center of Esto Sadka. To the ski lift Carousel-1 go 850 meters (about 10 minutes). Within walking distance is the shopping center “Gorki Mall” with restaurants, shops, water park and other entertainment venues. The hotel has its own SPA center, parking, sports grounds. Tourist groups often stop here. The management service has experience in organizing corporate events. The building has a conference hall for 40 seats with a full set of multimedia equipment. Check-in time 15.00, check-out time – 12.00. Animals are not placed.

Room stock

The hotel has 59 rooms. Children under 4 years old stay with their parents free of charge, rent a cot is 500 rubles per day. Pre-order will be required. Guests are placed in rooms of the following categories of comfort:

  1. Standard (16 sq.m) – 2 single or 1 double bed, bathroom with shower, mini fridge.
  2. Junior Suite (22 sq.m) – designed for two people, there is a comfortable chair for rest, a desk.
  3. Signor Suite (33 sq.m) is a standard set of furniture with a sofa, from additional accessories there is an ironing area, a kettle and a safe for storing documents and valuables.
  4. Premium Suite (55 sq.m) – bedroom with living area, good option for accommodating 4 people. If necessary, the room has space for an extra bed or sofa.

From December 21 to March 31, 2021, there is a special offer “Early booking”, according to which each guest will receive a 5% discount on accommodation in any of the rooms. The management of the network every year holds promotions during the winter high season. This allows you to attract new guests, as well as provide benefits for regular customers.

Meals and restaurants

On the territory of the hotel there are three points of public catering. The restaurant serves buffet breakfast. The menu is not limited. Opening hours in the morning from 07.00 to 10.00. Lunch and dinner can be ordered with room service. The menu includes salads, cold and hot snacks, hot dishes of meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, side dishes, desserts. Wine and cocktail cards will not leave indifferent lovers of good drinks.

The restaurant complex includes a lobby bar and a café “Rybki”, open from 11.00 to 23.00. The chef of the café specializes in European cuisine, and also makes author’s drinks, which are very popular with skiers. The lobby has a small cinema hall, so you can combine an evening tea party with watching your favorite movie.

If you are not satisfied with the kitchen in the restaurant Grace Calypso, then you need to walk literally 700 meters to be near the “Klondike” of various restaurants and cafes. All of them are in the shopping center Gorky Gorod Mall. Delicious to eat in its price category (prices are relevant for December 2020) offer:

  • fish restaurant «TRATTORIA 540» – Mediterranean cuisine, Italian, vegetarian friendly, pizza, average check from 750 to 2000 rubles per person, open from 9 am to 2 am;
  • café “Mustard” – Russian cuisine, works around the clock, the average check is 760-1900 rubles / person;
  • bakery «Bread Brothers» – European cuisine, delicious pastries and desserts, works from 8 am to 22.00, the average check is 800-1600 rubles. per person;
  • coffee shop “Sinnabon” – bake excellent cinnamon buns, good coffee and tea cards, works from 10 am to 22.00;
  • Sushi shop – Japanese fast food, you can order delivery;
  • Surf Coffee® x Gorky Mall – African, Colombian, South American, Ethiopian cuisine, a light snack will cost 150-370 rubles.

These are some of the best restaurants in Gorki Mall. But there is also the usual KFC, various eateries, beer bar “Live barrel”, pancake, café-bars.

Leisure and entertainment

The hotel’s rate includes access to the spa and wellness centre. It offers the services of:

  • Finnish sauna – dry steam room with stove-heater, trimmed with wood, equipped with high-precision temperature sensors;
  • hammam (Turkish bath) – according to traditions adopted from the Roman baths, the steam room is decorated with stone and ceramics. The standard temperature is maintained at 50-60 degrees, so Turkish baths are easily tolerated by people with hypertension and cardiovascular diseases;
  • American hydromassage pools Jacuzzi – provide an ideal hydrotherapy massage of the whole body after steaming in the baths.

Next to the pools there are sun loungers and small tables. Guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. The SPA is open from 10.00 to 22.00, the schedule of visits should be clarified with the administrator.

For active sports forking, the hotel provides its own tennis court, ski equipment rental. Renting ski equipment is a convenient offer for guests who come to ride white and downhill skiing. You can not carry all the equipment with you, but use the rental services. Transfer to the ski lifts is carried out in the morning, in the afternoon the shuttle takes tired, but satisfied with the ride guests back to the hotel. If they still have a desire to continue to enjoy the descents in the afternoon, the distance to the nearest lift “Carousel-1” is 850 meters. You can walk or take one bus stop.

The cable car will take passengers to the resort area “Mountain Carousel”. This is a complex consisting of ski slopes, restaurants, freestyle ski jumps, bobsleigh track. An artificial snow system is installed here. There are illuminated trails where you can ride in the evenings. Ski passes can be bought on site or at the hotel. There are ski and snowboard points. There is a tubing zone in the Upper Town. It includes several slides, a carousel for kids, and the ticket price includes tuba rental.

It is from the top of the Mountain Carousel that the most picturesque views of the surroundings of Krasnaya Polyana open. The observation deck is often included in photo tours for lovers of beautiful photo shoots. Due to its good location and developed infrastructure, the Mountain Carousel was included in the list of Olympic facilities. Today there is a service of professional instructors who will help to master the art of skiing.

Recreational opportunities for children

The hotel complex is designed for family holidays. Cots/bassinets are provided for children. In the restaurant you can arrange meals for the child on the children’s menu. On the street there is a playground with slides, swings and a sandbox. The building has a children’s room with toys, dry pools and board games.

Esto Sadok is a place with a unique structure of entertainment for adults and children. While parents ski, children can spend time in children’s clubs. The largest of them “Li Li Monte” is located on the embankment Panorama, 2. It is open daily from 9 am to 19.00. Here you can leave the child for a few hours and not worry about him. Experienced educators and animators are engaged with children. The list of services of the club includes:

  • developmental classes;
  • sports sections of karate, roller skating, children’s yoga;
  • master classes and creative classes in vocal and dance;
  • preparation for school and English lessons.

The whole family can go to:

  • water parks “Galaxy” and “Mountain Beach”;
  • entertainment center “Galaxy”;
  • ice rink “Penguin”;
  • scientific and educational center “Cosmodrome”.

Entertainment in the “Galaxy” truly have a cosmic scale. These are two floors of scientific, educational and entertainment devices. On the ground floor of the complex there is a water park, on the 2nd and 3rd floor there is a club “Umnikum” and a children’s center “Cosmodrome”. During a fascinating journey between the worlds, children will visit astronauts and even go into “open space” in spacesuits. They will try their hand at physical experiments. For example, they will create a magnetic bridge without a single nail or launch clouds into the sky. The adventure will complete a virtual journey to the stars and training on a real centrifuge.

Excursions and attractions nearby

The hotel administrator accepts orders for the organization of excursion tours. First of all, to the sights of Krasnaya Polyana and Greater Sochi. A trip to the Olympic venues can be organized independently or use the services of a guide. To natural places it is best to go with a guide. Krasnaya Polyana is one of the most beautiful corners of the Caucasus. Boxwood groves, relict forests, a huge number of flowers and medicinal herbs grow here. On the way to natural attractions, the guide will definitely pay attention to each of the plant species. It is a pity that it is strictly forbidden to collect them.

Khmelevsky lakes is a complex consisting of 4 mountain lakes of tectonic origin. They are located among high-altitude meadows at an altitude of 1700 meters on the Achishkho ridge. On the way to the lakes, tourists will definitely meet representatives of the animal world – roe deer, chalk, wild boars. Bears are also found here, but they do not attack people. Having risen 100 meters above the lakes, travelers will go to the observation deck, which overlooks Krasnaya Polyana and the Lago-Naki plateau. The route to the Khmelevsky lakes is open all year round. It is not complicated, so children can be safely taken with you.

The Western Caucasus is famous for archaeological finds and ancient dolmens. Several of these religious buildings are on the territory of Krasnaya Polyana. They were discovered in 1968. To date, 6 dolmens have been excavated, but archaeologists claim that there are several more megaliths under the ground.

The receptionist can offer popular routes from tour desks and private guides. Popular among tourists are trips to the Sochi National Park, the Caucasian Biosphere Reserve, the cultural and ethnographic park “My Russia”. Staying at the Grace Calypso Hotel, the resort provides himself with comfortable accommodation, excellent service and organized leisure.

 

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Alina Abramova

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