Located in the Russian constituent Krasnodar Krai, to the south of the city of Krasnodar, Goryachy Klyuch is a small town about an hour away from the Black Sea coastline by car. The town’s scenic location on the Psekups River makes it an ideal place to visit and is famed for being a balneological resort.
As Goryachy Klyuch isn’t one of the major cities around the Black Sea or one of the locations sitting directly on the Black Sea, hotels and recreational activities are relatively low-cost.
The best hotels for any budget in Goryachy Klyuch
There is a wide range of accommodations from hotels to guesthouses that you can book online. The majority of hotels congregate on the west side of Goryachy Klyuch, but there are a few prime locations situated away from the town.
Located on the lakes northeast of the town, Baza Otdyha Lukomorie offers a relaxing stay with lake views, a terrace, and barbeque facilities. Rooms come with private bathrooms and showers as well as a flat-screen television. Budget double rooms come for as little as €24 (£21) per night while triple rooms are a mere €7 (£6) more, making them quite luxurious for budget rooms.
Following the Psekups River southeast, the Stariy Zamok is a pleasant and moderately-priced hotel that sits on the other side of the river from the rest of town and the majority of other hotels. A mere 3.7 miles from the train station, rooms feature sitting areas, private bathrooms, televisions, river or mountain views, free WiFi, and the hotel boasts a sauna and restaurant. Double rooms come at the great price of €33 (£29) per night with larger suites costing around €47 (£41) per night.
Goryachy Klyuch also boasts many hotels and resorts which cater to those working with a bigger budget. For the ultimate relaxation experience with a bigger budget, turn to the Predgorie Kavkaza Health Resort which offers an airport shuttle, free WiFi, a restaurant, air conditioning, a children’s playground, a swimming pool, and a spa and wellness centre. Double or twin rooms cost €77 (£67) per night while family rooms cost €93 (£81), both of which include breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Recreation and fun in Goryachy Klyuch
The most popular recreational activities in Goryachy Klyuch are seeing the natural sights, going on walks or hikes, and cycling down trails.
Among the natural points of interest in the area is Rock Cock, which offers splendid views of the area, as well as Kaverzinsky waterfall, found within the forest near the town. People who travel to Goryachy Klyuch will seek the Spring of the Healer and the Chapel of the Iberian Icon of the Mother of God.
In the evening, you’ll most probably want to go out into Goryachy Klyuch to experience the culinary skills on offer. The favoured cuisines in the town are Russian and European, but the low-priced and well-reviewed Chacha offers special dishes from Georgian cuisine if you fancy something a little different.
Restaurant Kharchevnya is in a very scenic location, overlooking a lake, and serves European and Russian dishes. It’s an excellent place to eat with the menu boasting many options at fair prices. Another top restaurant in the area is Provans, which caters to vegans and vegetarians on its European-centric menu. It’s a delightful venue, with sofas in place of regular chairs for extra comfort at some tables.
The quaint town of Goryachy Klyuch is only an hour away from the Black Sea, offering a relatively low-cost, idyllic, and relaxing stay.