Amazed, pleased, captivated and dazzled are just some of the words used by people when describing their stay in Tbilisi. If you’re reading this, you’re probably thinking of traveling to Tbilisi too. It may be for vacation or for business.
You haven’t been here, so it’s going to be your first time. Most likely, you have a couple of concerns. You have an idea of when and how to get to Tbilisi. However, you’re wondering-“What are the hotels like in the city?” “What’s the best place for you?”
Finding the right hotel can be pretty time consuming whether for Paris, London, Madrid or any world capital. Tbilisi is no exception. The list of Tbilisi hotels and guesthouses is practically endless. As Georgia’s country tourism industry grows, so do the number of new hotels and lodgings.
So if you find yourself in a jam because you can’t figure out where to stay in Tbilisi, read on! You just might find the answers you seek!
What are Hotels like in Tbilisi
When visiting Tbilisi, you don’t really need to be concerned about the quality of hotels in the city. Tbilisi hotels are in the same league as those that can be found in major cities like Paris, London, Madrid, and New York.
There are hotels of all kinds that serve the needs of visitors. These range from the luxurious to the unique. There is no shortage of world-class hotels or even quaint lodgings if you desire a homey, informal yet comfortable environment.
Most hotels in Georgia provide all the amenities you would expect when traveling abroad: Airport shuttle and other transportation services, air conditioning and heating, laundry services, TV and other entertainment appliances, telephone services, complimentary toiletries, free Wifi, breakfast, 24-hour front desk, concierge, free parking, bars, and Restaurants. These are just some of the features that are common among Tbilisi hotels. For those who want additional luxuries, there are studio or apartment-type accommodations that include kitchens and large balconies.
On the other hand, business travelers will find more than enough hotels that provide meeting rooms with multimedia equipment, business centers, bars and restaurants for entertaining.
Where to Stay in Tbilisi
Your choice of a hotel is primarily determined by your preferences and budget. However, if you’re going to visit Tbilisi for the first time, make the most out of it! You can never be sure of when you will return again. So don’t be stingy but indulge yourself!
Below are various hotels for your consideration. These are excellent choices for individuals, couples, and families. Likewise, please note that these are not just simple structures. Each possesses its own charm. Also, many of these have a unique history.
Citadel Narikala Hotel. The Citadel Narikala is located in Old Town which is a historic district. It’s a 19-room hotel that was built to blend perfectly with its surroundings. It’s a modern hotel with services that include free Wifi and air conditioning. Rooms are painted in shades of white that’s soothing to the eyes. The hotel even has its own museum! Pottery and other artifacts from the 5th century are on display. These were dug out during the early stages of the hotel’s construction.
To say that the hotel has a great location is an understatement! It is just a short walk away to the Narikala Fortress, a famous landmark first built in the 4th century, Abanotubani’s sulfur baths and other sights. Whether you are in the restaurant, balcony or at the terrace, you’ll be treated to a breathtaking view of Tbilisi. It is simply stunning, especially at night!
Old Tiflis Hotel. Also located in Old Town is the Old Tiflis Hotel which looks like a small fortress. It is also a short walk to the Narikala Fortress and the Sulphur Baths. The 13-room hotel provides all the modern amenities you need including air conditioning and free Wifi. It provides a picturesque view of the brightly colored and balconied homes unique to Old Town. These serve as the perfect background for great photos. If you are camera-savvy, you can take excellent pictures that are postcard-worthy.
From the hotel, you can easily take a stroll along Old Tbilisi’s twisting cobblestone streets and alleys. If you’re lucky, you might find yourself being invited by a Georgian family to sample a home-cooked meal!
No12 Boutique Hotel. If you prefer a homey atmosphere that offers the comfort and amenities of a modern hotel, then the No 12 Boutique Hotel is just right for you. It is a home away from home! Formerly a three-story residence, the hotel is located in a quiet neighborhood of Old Town. It has its own dining room for breakfast but is just steps away from restaurants and bars. Its amenities include Free Wifi and a 24-hour front desk.
Its 12 rooms are brightly painted and adorned with traditional decor. Each room by the way, is distinct from the others. No two are alike. The hotel is owned and managed by a Georgian couple. They will engage you in conversation which gives you insights about Georgian life. You’ll feel they treat you as their personal guest.
Hotel British House. Now if you desire a cozy and comfortable hotel in Central Tbilisi, check out the Hotel British House. The breakfast of traditional Georgian cuisine is free. Spacious rooms adorned with aesthetic décor and wooden furniture gives you the feeling that you are a guest in an elegant mansion. Well, the truth is, Hotel British House used to be a private mansion built in the 19th century.
Hotel British House is close to business establishments, government offices, embassies, shops, and restaurants. It is also close to several of Georgia’s tourist spots such as Tbilisi’s Concert Hall.
There are 12 rooms in the hotel and these are spacious, to say the least. It has its own garden and restaurant. Balconies provide great views of Tbilisi.
Bloom Boutique Hotel. Prepare yourself for a big welcome by the owner once you arrive at the Bloom Boutique Hotel. She makes you feel you’re entering her home and not a hotel. It doesn’t get more personal than this! Don’t make the wrong assumptions though because the hotel provides free Wifi, air conditioning, and a 24-hour front desk service. Located near the Sameba Cathedral, the hotel has only six rooms but each has its own bathroom. Classic furniture and beds match the hotel’s parquet floors.
Bloom Boutique provides guests with free breakfast during their stay. Don’t be surprised if the owner herself cooks for you. Talk about getting the A-1 treatment! The small dining room is simple yet lovely. A set of stairs lead to a small courtyard. It is the perfect place to relax while drinking coffee or tea or sipping wine.
Vazi Hotel. For the budget-conscious, you won’t go wrong with the Vazi Hotel. It’s a five-minute walk to Old Tbilisi and close to the Avlabari Metro Station. Vazi Hotel is located in a relatively quiet area that is across the Mtkvari River. Rooms with private bathrooms and sitting areas are available.
If you like visiting historic churches built in the middle ages, the Metekhi Church and the Sioni Cathedral are only a few city blocks away. Also nearby is the Concert Hall at Rike Park. Make time to visit especially if you are a fan of modern architecture. You’re not likely to see anything like it again!
Fabrika Hostel. When you see or hear the word “hostel”, you immediately think of dorms. Well, you’ll definitely find dorms at the Fabrika Hostel. However, there are private rooms and apartment-style suites as well.
The Fabrika is considered by many to be one of the most stylish hostels in Tbilisi. Located close to Freedom Square, it used to be a sewing factory. The building is covered in graffiti artfully done so don’t worry about being in a bad neighborhood. The whole place is clean and there are a lot of sitting areas.
Clean linens are provided and private rooms include bathrooms. The hotel’s restaurant serves excellent food at minimal rates. Fabrika has a courtyard with cafes and shops of all kinds. There are bars too. Nightlife at your doorstep!
The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi. You got money to spend and you really want a lavish and modern hotel in Tbilisi. Well, the Biltmore Hotel is just the place for you! One of only three tall modern skyscrapers in Tbilisi, the hotel is located along Shota Rustaveli Avenue which is considered to be the main boulevard in Tbilisi.
The Biltmore is a short distance away from the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre. From afar, you can easily spot the hotel. Its main building is 34-stories high that stick out from its older and historic neighbors. It is perhaps the epitome of Tbilisi –a mix of the old and new.
Entry to the skyscraper is through a renovated Soviet-era building that features expensive chandeliers hanging from high ceilings, marble columns, and floors. Opulence oozes from the lobby alone. There’s no doubt you are entering a 5-star hotel.
Aside from the usual amenities, you will find in luxurious hotels, the Biltmore has an indoor pool, spa, and gym. It has meeting rooms and facilities for business travelers. Rooms provide spectacular views of Tbilisi. The best views though can be seen from the hotel’s 31st-floor restaurant.
Tbilisi Marriott Hotel. Another familiar hotel name that is synonymous with luxury is the Marriott. It is also located at Rustaveli Avenue and close to one of Tbilisi’s landmarks, Freedom Square. It is also a short distance to the century-old Kashveti Church of St. George and other Tbilisi attractions.
The Marriott in Tbilisi is not just luxurious but it is full of history. Built as a hotel more than a century ago, it was first named as the Majestic. Later on, it became Hotel Tbilisi and in 2002, eventually became the Tbilisi Marriott Hotel. The building underwent several renovations and was used for different purposes but its original architecture has been preserved throughout the years.
Famous people have graced its halls including world-renowned author John Steinbeck, philosopher Jean Paul Sartre and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Rooms include sitting areas and large marble bathrooms. Photos hung in common areas remind guests of Georgia’s colorful past. The hotel’s Parnas Café Lounge and Restaurant is well known for serving excellent meals. For the health-conscious, the fitness center is open 24 hours.
Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel. Right in the heart of Tbilisi, the hotel is close to the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre and the Rustaveli Metro Station. With the Radisson, you also get value for your money!
If you’re not afraid of heights, book one of their many rooms that provide floor to ceiling windows. Wake up each morning to a panoramic view of Tbilisi. The standard room has a sitting area and a bathtub in the bathroom.
Enjoy your free breakfast, buffet style. After a long day visiting the sights, take a dip in the heated pool or take your time in the sauna. There’s also a meeting room and a business center for business travelers.
There is a large terrace with an excellent view of the city. It’s a great place to relax, read a book or catch up on the latest on your favorite social media app. By the way, there is a casino if you’re interested.
Radius Hotel Tbilisi. If shopping is on your mind, the Radius Hotel is the perfect place for you. Named “Radius” because of its proximity to Tbilisi’s main attractions, the hotel is atop the Galleria Mall. It’s also close to the Liberty Square Metro, Georgian Museum of Fine Arts and the Georgian National Museum. You get the best of both worlds – sightseeing and shopping!
The whole hotel is an expression of contemporary art. This is manifested in the hotel’s choice of furniture, decor, and artwork displayed throughout the remises. Walking along its hallways is like walking through an art gallery. Walls are decorated with paintings only a few feet apart from each other.
Breakfast is served for free. Rooms and bathrooms are large. You also get the floor to ceiling windows. You have a great view of the city and the mountains beyond.
There you have it! This is just a short overview of Tbilisi hotels. But now, you have a better idea of what you can look forward to. You’re one step closer to being amazed, pleased, captivated and dazzled!
Georgians are a Hospitable People You will experience this regardless of where you are staying. It’s a guarantee you experience Georgian hospitality in all Tbilisi hotels!
Incidentally, when you visit Georgia, be sure to sample two famous Georgian dishes, Khachapuri and Khinkali. Khachapuri is bread filled with cheese and topped with egg and butter. Khinkali are dumplings filled with spiced meat and greens. You should also try Georgian wine and Chacha. It is grape-based vodka and is Georgia’s national drink. These will be available at your hotel for sure.
There are many other tourist activities in Georgia you can indulge in. These include skiing, snowboarding, cave exploring, hiking, sky-diving, scuba diving, and rafting. Your hotel can help you arrange for these.