Tbilisi, Georgia

Rooms Hotel Tbilisi

Rates per night from$149.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD149.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Industrial intellectual

Setting

Crossroads of the Caucasus

There’s a buzz about Rooms Hotel Tbilisi, and no wonder – this converted publishing house in the boho district of Vera mixes industrial fixtures and contemporary art with farm-to-table cuisine and a pulsating social scene. Weathered leather, brushed copper and warehouse windows give the interiors an air of 1930s New York, while outside cocktail-bound herbs grow in the courtyard garden and tangled wisteria climbs up the disused metal lift shaft. The pastel-painted Old Town, curio-laden flea markets and invigorating bath houses are just an amble away.

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Homemade chocolates from the chocolaterie in sister hotel Stamba

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

125, including three suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from £141.88 ($176), including tax at 18 per cent.

More details

Rates don't generally include breakfast; the extensive buffet includes farm-fresh bacon and eggs, cereal, fruit, croissants and cakes. It's US$18 for ages 13 and up, US$9 for ages 7-12, and free for ages six and under.

Also

The name Tbilisi comes from the Georgian word for ‘warm’ (tblis if you're wondering).

At the hotel

Gym, free Wi-Fi. In rooms: TV, Marshall speaker, air-conditioning, minibar, free bottled water, tea- and coffee-making facilities, Prija bath products.

Our favourite rooms

All the rooms are artfully decorated and plenty spacious enough, but book a Signature for the extra allure of a window-side claw-foot bathtub.

Packing tips

It might feel a bit ‘coals to Newcastle’, but bring at least two books: a Georgian phrasebook (so you can at least order another khachapuri cheeseboat) and Mikhail Lermontov’s Caucasus classic, A Hero of Our Time.

Also

The lobby, restaurant and garden are all accessible for wheelchair users.

Pet‐friendly

Bring a pup for a flat fee of US$59. See more pet-friendly hotels in Tbilisi.

Children

All ages welcome. Extra beds and cots can be added to all rooms except the Urban Queen and Terrace Queen.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

It’s buzziest by the windows, looking down the hall to the garden.

Dress Code

Chic, sleek and prepped to party.

Hotel restaurant

Farm-to-table fare takes centre stage at the Kitchen, where traditional Georgian favourites are fixed up with New American flair. Each morning the smell of fresh-baked bread and croissants fills the air, and natural light floods through the atrium windows. By dinner time, it’s alive with chatter from long, communal tables, where Tbilisi’s chic set tuck into dishes including sulguni ravioli and Josper grilled chicken.

Hotel bar

There are two, simply named the Bar and the Garden Bar (no prizes for guessing which one’s alfresco). At either, expect a New Yorkish swagger and mixologists crafting cocktails with botanicals from the garden. The low-key, sociable vibe gets more frenzied as the night goes on.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7am to 11am, lunch is from 12 noon to 4.30pm, and dinner is from 6pm until 11.30pm. The bar serves drinks and snacks all day, from 9am until 2am.

Room service

Order straight from the Kitchen restaurant to your room; dishes include the Rooms burger, pasta and grilled vegetables.

Location

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Address
Rooms Hotel Tbilisi
14 Merab Kostava Street
Tbilisi
0108
Georgia

Rooms Hotel is on a lively street in the historic Vera district of central Tbilisi. The neighbours are buzzy bars and hip restaurants, and it’s handy for all the major sights.

Planes

Hurrah – there are now direct flights from London with Georgian Airways, which reach Tbilisi International Airport in under five hours (otherwise, change planes in Vienna or Istanbul). From there, it’s 20km to the city centre (30 minutes by car); the hotel can arrange transfers for $50 each way. For help with all your travel bookings, call the Smith24 team.

Trains

Rail travel in Georgia is possible – and cheap – but not to be undertaken in a hurry. You can get to the Belle Époque resort town of Batumi or the historic city of Kutaisi in about six hours from Tbilisi Central Station, which is ten minutes by car from the hotel.

Automobiles

Driving in Georgia is not for the faint-hearted (especially near the politically-charged region of South Ossetia), but if you're feeling adventurous, hire a motor from the airport and head out to the mountains (Kazbegi and Svaneti are two of the most picturesque regions.

Worth getting out of bed for

First up, basic orientation – take the walking tour of Tbilisi offered by the hotel. It hits all the big-gun sights, but delves much deeper too, unearthing the secrets of the city and its intriguing past. Pick up your own piece of history at the Dry Bridge Flea Market in Dedaena Square, where the local traders unfurl mats laden with Soviet-era relics. Follow in the footsteps of Persians, Mongols, Ottomans and more, by conquering the climb up to the 1,700-year-old Narikala Fortress; or skip the hike and take the cable car from Rike Park (ft. views over Old Town rooftops on the way). Either way, give your muscles a sulphurous soak at the ancient baths in Abanotubani district – Bath House No. 5 has intricate mosaics beneath the domed ceilings, and absolutely nothing to do with Lou Bega. Let the puppets entertain your little ’uns at Gabriadze Theatre, or just go along to marvel at the topsy-turvy clocktower outside. To get up close and personal with the Caucasus Mountains, indulge in an alpine retreat at sister property, Rooms Hotel Kazbegi.

Local restaurants

For the ultimate in authentic Georgian cuisine, book in at Keto & Kote (3 Mikheil Zandukeli Street) – khinkali dumplings are the essential order, and the gebjalia (herby cottage cheese) is as good as any local grandmother’s. Littera (13 Ivane Machabeli Street) gives time-honoured local recipes a modern twist, and has an atmospheric garden for balmy summer evenings. Shavi Lomi (28 Zurab Kvlividze Street) has a cozy tavern vibe indoors and a courtyard terrace outdoors – either way it’s the place to hang out with the arts crowd and sip Saperavi wine.

Local cafés

To keep it in the Rooms hotel family, pop next to the Café Stamba and sample the latest produce from the chocolaterie and coffee roastery; or nip across to Gothic-industrial Lolita (7 Tamar Chovelidze Street) to live out your brunch fantasy by day or mix it with the locals in the cocktail lounge each night. If you find yourself on the other side of the river and in need of a good cuppa, stop by home-style Books Cafe (37 Tsinamdzghvrishvili – not a typo – Street).

Local bars

You don’t get more hip than a hostel in a converted factory: Fabrika (8 Egnate Ninoshvili Street) is on the other side of the city, but worth it for the in-house party scene. Underground techno club Bassiani (2 Akaki Tsereteli Avenue) is literally on another level – a night on the disused-swimming-pool tiles here is one you’ll never forget (or, quite possibly, remember).

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this social-hub hotel in Georgia and unpacked their chokha coat and wine horn, a full account of their Caucasian break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Rooms Hotel in Tbilisi…

Tbilisi is hardly a new kid on the block. For over a thousand years it was fought over by a succession of imperial conquerors – Arabs, Persians, Mongols Ottomans and Russians – each eager to cement a stronghold at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. And hey, they probably liked the sweeping mountain vistas and easy access to thermal spas, too. On the tourist scene though, Tbilisi is a relative newcomer. Even after Soviet occupation ended in 1991, it took a while to draw the Iron Curtain. But now the crumbling facades of the Old Town have regained their lost lustre, and a new generation of forward-thinkers are leading a cultural revolution. Chief among them is Temur Ugulava, founder of Rooms Hotels. His portfolio is ever expanding (in Tbilisi it already includes two boutique hotels, a factory-turned-hostel and a string of wildly popular bars and restaurants) but his philosophy stays the same: to marry the distinctive Georgian identity with modern culture and design. Keep it coming please, Temur.

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