Where to get the most delicious breakfast and where the most sensational view? For almost two weeks I tested myself through the hotels and hostels in Tbilisi. Besides a reasonable price, a central location was important to me, as well as the special charm of the accommodations. Here are my recommendations.
Located in the heart of Tbilisi’s old town, the small Envoy Hostel* offers double rooms and dormitories from 11 euros, breakfast included. Even more legendary than the price is the phenomenal view over Tbilisi from the cosy roof terrace. I can hardly imagine a more wonderful place to round off the day with a glass of Kindzmarauli – my new favourite wine since Georgia.
45 Betlemi St
Fabrika* is a small cultural cosmos of its own north of the old town. With hip cafés, restaurants and concept stores around the inner courtyard, the former sewing factory exudes an alternative flair that reminded me of Berlin-Kreuzberg. I was particularly taken with the cosy lobby. The perfect place to lounge on the sofa on a rainy day, with permanently excellent music in the background.
You can choose whether you want to stay in a dormitory with shared bathroom (from 9 euros) or if you want to treat yourself to a night in a double room (from 60 euros). Fabrika is also a great place to stay if you are travelling in a group. If you are a group of four, you can stay in a room with a private terrace.
It’s also worth checking out the hostel’s calendar of events on Facebook. The hostel often hosts great events such as yoga sessions, concerts and exhibitions. By the way, you can also have a sensational breakfast here, even if you are not staying overnight.
8 Egnate Ninoshvili St
Bon Voyage Hotel
Here I stayed for 7 days during my time in Tbilisi. After I spent the first night in a rather creepy atmosphere, Bon Voyage* was more or less my saving island the next day.
The small hotel is simple, but has everything you need. It is situated in a charmingly shabby courtyard, just the way I like it. I liked the cats stretching on the asphalt, the small barbershop next to the hotel, the clothesline stretched across the courtyard and the terrace where I often sat down to work. The rooms are simple and clean, the staff very helpful and the price in a double room (from 17 Euro) is reasonable. In front of the hotel, Rustaveli Avenue, the Champs-Élysées of Tbilisi, is a great place to stroll and shop.
Hotel Bon Voyage*
38 Shota Rustaveli Avenue
Rooms Hotel Tbilisi
Just a few metres from the Bon Voyage Hotel, design and comfort come together in a wonderful symbiosis in the Rooms Hotel Tbilisi*. Books are piled up to the ceiling, hand-painted wallpaper glows from the walls and the breakfast buffet is enough to make you kneel down.
By the way, another Rooms Hotel awaits you in the mountains of Georgia. If you are planning a detour to Kazbegi and have a weakness for design accommodation, you should treat yourself to at least one night at the Rooms Hotel Kazbegi*.
Rooms Hotel Tbilisi*
14 Merab Kostava Street
If you decide to stay in the friendly M42 Hostel*, I’ll give you a well-intentioned advice: Take a taxi to the hostel. Because the M42 is located high up, at the end of a very steep road. Nevertheless the situation should not deter you. Although the old town is a bit far away, the neighbourhood is hardly touristy and all the more authentic. Besides, some of my favourite cafés and restaurants are only a stone’s throw away. A bed in the dormitory is available from 7 euros.
Belinsky (Tamar Chovelidze) 67
I didn’t spend the night here myself, but I was allowed to look at Kerstin’s from Paradise Found room when she stayed there. What I liked about Hostel Pinn*, apart from the great location in my favourite Tbilisi district Sololaki, was the minimalist design, clean but still cosy. The cheapest beds in the dormitory are available for 8 Euros a night.
Mikheil Lermontovi Street 17/6
Hotel Check Point
I also heard a lot of good things about the Check Point Hotel*, where you are welcomed by the wonderful Frida Khalo. It is located in the middle of the old town, about 600 metres from Freedom Square and offers double rooms (from 23 euros) as well as flats with kitchen (from 38 euros).
Hotel Check Point*
Gomi street 9
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