We’ve personally visited it today and are happy to provide this report.
The village of Kolvitsa is 30km east from Kandalaksha, near the Kandalaksha to Umba and Varzuga road. The guesthouse will suite those travelling along the route or those whose destination is Kolvitsa itself. The Kolvitsa Bay, where the guesthouse is situated, is one of the most picturesque places along the south edge of the Kola peninsula. Artists like coming here. Click here to see some pictures painted in Kolvitsa. Also Kolvitsa is good for sea, river, and lake fishing, picking mushrooms and berries, or just walking around.
Responses left in the guestbook often mention house owners’ hospitality, the place’s coziness, and presence of a banya. Guests are especially delighted by homemade bread and pirogies, jams, fresh fish, and a deck with a spectacular view.
What mades this hotel stand out is the location: easy access to the city (5 min. by car) while is is “almost” in the wilderness. It is on the road from Kandalaksha to Umba, 2km from Kandalaksha. A good option for those who want to walk in the hills while having easy access to the city.
Ulitsa Pervomayskaya 24. Steps from Belomorye, close to everything. Tel. 8 921 709 2465, 8 921 668 6463. E-mail: email@example.com. Hotel’s page >> It is a small pace, with eight double rooms. Rates are 1500 to 2500 (as of summer 2012 or 2013). Breakfast included. Wi-Fi, cable TV. Often booked well in advance. Those who know the local hotel scene recommend Greenwich as the most properly run of all local hotels. Vibes I picked up there make me agree.
The Pomor Star hotel is rumoured to be the most fun place in the whole of Kandalaksha town. I have been meaning to ask them directly for the benefit of my clients but haven’t had the guts. Thankfully, in the April 4 2014 issue of the local paper “Niva” there was a “Room for rent by the hour” ad, which leaves little doubt.
Ulitsa Rechnaya 1. Very close to the Kandalaksha Nature Reserve, St. John the Baptist’s Orthodox Church (the town’s only), and to the Yacht Club (in the process of construction). Tel.8(81533)94835, 8(81533)94375, 8(921)278 5139.
..There also are rumours of another establishment somewhere in “Japan” in the east end of Kandalaksha. I’ll announce if I come across any specifics.
Spolokhi (translates as “sprites” or “flashes”) at Naberezhnaya 130, is Kandalaksha’s oldest hotel. Half of the rooms are overlooking what’s left of the Niva river after the power station construction, and offer a view onto tree-covered hills.