Europe’s Highest Hotel Opens in Southern Russia

NALCHIK, October 16 (RIA Novosti) – Europe’s highest located hotel has opened on the slopes of Russia’s Mount Elbrus, local officials said Wednesday.

The hotel in the North Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkaria stands 4,000 meters (13,120 feet) above sea level and cost some 130 million rubles ($4 million) to complete.

Elbrus district government officials said in a statement that the hotel, which consists of a series of modular prefabricated buildings, has already begun welcoming guests.

Components for the hotel were manufactured in Italy and brought to Kabardino-Balkaria for assembly, officials said.

The statement said the hotel is equipped with solar batteries that provide it with light, heating and hot water.

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