Arrived early on the train and the hotel staff let us check in early. They were great and rooms as described. Our only issue was with registration. The law is when you move from place to place you are required to get registered if you are a foreigner and the limit is 7 days if you are not yet registered for the first time, and 5 days if you already have been registered. My daughter and her friends were gone 6 days becuase of train travel and we picked this hostel becuase in the Expedia ad it clearly states they register guests. They stated they only do this if you are at their hostel for 7 days adn in Sochi it is no big deal. They are not foreigners and it is a BIG DEAL and as a foreigner if you run into the wrong corrupt militia they will give you a hassle, not let you go and try and get bribes. If you carry current registrations, you are at much much less risk of this. If you do not you are at risk. I have traveled to Russia for 23 years now. I have been through a lot of situations especially with corrupt Gai and Militia. When this hostel did not register my daughter I was not plased with this. The owners need to train their staff. it is not the staffs fault, it is the owners fault or the managers. Charge 200 rubles if you must, but give foreigners their registration. Once you leave Sochi and go to other cities especially in the KavMinVody area you need this registration. This is not an option and needs to be corrected. At least correct the Expedia ad.
Pros: Location was perfect and it was quite quiet for being a hostel. Rooms very clean an perfect for waht we wanted.
Cons: In the Expedia ad it states they register foreign guests. This is required by law and the front staff were confused. We never got registered.