CAPELLA to open first hotel in Russia

Capella Hotels and Resorts will open the new ultra-luxurious Capella Sochi Hotel in 2013, scheduled in time to welcome the VIP guests of the 2014 Olympic Games in Russia.

The new hotel will be located within the desirable village of Gorki Gorod 960, home to villas, chalets and exclusive properties in the vicinity of the celebrated Krasnaya Polyana, 40 km from Sochi-Adler international airport. The village is planned as a year-round international resort in the most southern point of Russia. Its location at 960 meters above sea level will give it the feeling of an "imperial box" with breathtaking views from its edge of the spectacular landscape of the Caucasus range and vistas of the area’s rich diversity of Mediterranean-like colors throughout the year.

Designed by the renowned Russian neoclassical architect, Maxim Atayants, as a Roman villa with a classical façade and inner courtyard garden, the property provides 59 spacious hotel rooms – most exceeding 60 square meters in size – and unique facilities including two restaurants, a lobby bar, a Capella spa with indoor and infinity swimming pools, conference facilities and immediate ski lift access.

The hotel will express the philosophy of Capella by restricting public non-resident access to certain areas of the hotel. For example, access to its "Living Room" is exclusively for the hotel’s guests and provides them with an area of serenity, privacy and security. At the same time, the signature restaurant, bar and event spaces welcome, via separate entrances, local residents and visitors to these venues.

Perfect for winter holidays, the Capella Sochi hotel will also be a very convenient summer destination, as this mountain area is less humid than the coast, and provides visitors an alternative to the warmer temperatures of the Black Sea beaches.