Stamba Hotel is in the Vera neighbourhood of Tbilisi.
Tbilisi International Airport, the country's hub, is a 30-minute drive from the hotel. Direct flights are available from select cities in Europe, including Paris. Connecting flights are available from London and the United States. Contact Smith24 for transfers.
Tbilisi Central Train Station, a 20-minute drive from the hotel, connects to other Georgian cities, including Batumi and Kutaisi.
Tbilisi has ample public transportation. Those who choose to hire a car can use on-site parking.
Worth getting out of bed for
Don’t be in a rush to go too far at Stamba. Each oversized room is designed to encourage guests to linger and feel at home. Bookcases are well-stocked with vacation reads, and stereos and an espresso machine help set the mood for a leisurely morning. The hotel also has an ampitheatre for live music and performative arts. As if that weren't enough, it also plays host to the Tbilisi Photo and Multimedia Museum, which draws much of its material from the Tbilisi Photo Festival's expansive archives.
The city expertly fuses its ancient heritage with new buildings. For a look at the city’s history, take the cable car from Rike Park up to Narikala Fortress, an ancient citadel that dates back to the fourth century, and offers a prime lookout. Only slightly newer is Anchiskhati Basilica, a sixth-century Georgian Orthodox Church, which is home to a renowned local choir.
For the best shopping, head to Dry Bridge Market, a popular flea market, where locals sell Soviet-era trinkets and traditional local clothes.
After a full day of walking, head for the sulphur baths, which are offered as private baths or communal baths and are an excellent way to soak up the local scene.
Set in a converted chouse, Shavi Lomi (The Black Lion) in Sololaki specialises in contemporary takes on classic Georgian dishes in a room with vaulted ceilings. You can still see dangling meat hooks in the converted butcher shop that is now Barbarestan, one of the city's most popular restaurants. Inspired by classic Georgian cuisine, the menu features seasonal salads and bright soups and stews.
An artsy haven in Sololaki, Cafe Linville has a setting almost as appealing as its food, with bold wallpaper and eye-catching art that feels like a contemporary salon. Opt for light salads and toasts with jam to pair with iced coffee.
Georgians have made wine for 8,000 years, and many local winemakers still follow traditional methods. Try Saperavi for red. The natural process yields many funky orange wines, too. Tbilisi has an up-and-coming wine scene, with exceptional natural wines. Nab a taste at Vino Underground, in Sololaki, a local favourite.