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by Matt Alderton | September 09, 2014
Before it was host of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sochi, Russia, was a popular resort destination on the Black Sea. Now that the games are over, that's exactly what it is again. Case in point: Hyatt Hotels Corp. has opened a new Hyatt Regency hotel in the city's central district, it announced last week.

"The opening of Hyatt Regency Sochi marks a significant step forward in expanding our brand presence in Russia, a country that is rapidly becoming a burgeoning business and leisure destination," Peter Norman, Hyatt's senior vice president of acquisitions and development in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, said in a statement. "The new hotel will help to redefine the standard for hotels in Sochi, bringing an unprecedented level of quality, service, and innovation to the city."

Located adjacent to the city's beach promenade, Hyatt Regency Sochi -- Hyatt's third hotel in Russia -- has 14 floors, 198 guest rooms and over 16,200 square feet of meeting space, including a 5,700-square-foot pillarless ballroom for up to 350 guests. Amenities include a traditional Russian banya, a heated outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center with Turkish and Finnish saunas, a hair and nail salon, a bar, and three restaurants.

"We are thrilled to bring the Hyatt Regency brand's authentic hospitality and world-class facilities to southern Russia, a new part of the country for the brand," said Jean Francois Durand, the hotel's general manager. "The Hyatt Regency brand is all about keeping people connected and energized, which is a perfect fit for the city of Sochi and the travelers that we know will visit this destination."