Forbes: The 14 Best Boutique Hotels In Tbilisi

Forbes: The 14 Best Boutique Hotels In Tbilisi

It’s hard to describe the emotions of Georgia to someone who isn’t familiar with this tiny, culture-filled country. Sitting between the Caucasus Mountains, the Black Sea, and the Caspian in the distance, Georgia is a place that’s uniquely its own.

Its where European influences are as strong as those from Asia, the Middle East, and its Soviet past, and where the food is as distinctive as the wine, which is as dynamic and popular as ever.

Which is precisely where Tbilisi’s boutique hotels shine. Taking this influence and combining it with Georgian charm and character, these 14 hotels are worthy of any traveler’s attention.

With hotels like Stamba leading the charge and others like Communal redefining the standards of what it means to be a hotelier, Tbilisi’s boutique hotels are practically reason enough to get here and experience the emotions of Georgia for yourself.

Unfound Door

111 Davit Aghmashenebeli Avenue, Building 111, Tbilisi, Georgia

Original frescos abound, stepping into the Unfound Door hotel is like stepping back in time to rub elbows with the likes of Tbilisi’s eclectic elite. A place where the city’s influential creatives used to socialize, the energy inside these walls still exudes the same levels of inspiration. With only seven rooms, each with their own unique character – and all with amazing views – booking a stay here is as much an experience as it is walking down Aghmashenebeli Avenue outside.

Communal Plekhanovi

56 Egnate Ninoshvili Street, Tbilisi, Georgia

Look for the most out of place building on Ninoshvili Street (and we say that with fondness) in the vibrant Chugureti neighborhood and you’ve found Communal Plekhanovi. With a style all their own, it’s the Communal brand aesthetic that sets it apart from other boutique hotels in the city. Not to mention, the downstairs restaurant, Weller, serves some of the best food in Tbilisi – especially come brunch time.

Bazzar Boutique Hotel

3 Pkhovi Street, Tbilisi, Georgia

One of the newest hotels to open in Tbilisi, the Bazzar Boutique Hotel’s Beetlejuice meets Miami Vice vibes somehow work, perfectly reflecting the area’s rich, enigmatic history. Blue walls are accompanied by vibrant orange and white tiled bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the busy street life of Orbeliani Square outside. With 20 guestrooms and suites onsite, a restaurant and bar, and Orbeliani Square and the Flower Market just out the front door, the hotel is as much a living, breathing part of this community-first neighborhood as the locals who call it home.

The House Hotel Old Tbilisi

15 Chakhrukhadze Street, Tbilisi, Georgia

Another new addition to Tbilisi, and the newest opening in the historic Old Tbilisi neighborhood, the House Hotel is a charming and delightful place to spend your nights – and your days. With 17 rooms all stylishly adorned with murals hand painted by local artist Musya Qeburia, the House Hotel has no shortage of picture-worthy spaces. The outside Blue Fox garden restaurant where guests can take their breakfast, or stop in for happy hour and dinner, included.

The 10

10 Zurab Zvania Street, Tbilisi, Georgia

With one of the best tucked away restaurants and bars in Tbilisi’s Mtatsminda neighborhood, The 10 is one of those places that hides in plain sight – and is a total joy to discover when you do. Near the Parliament Building and Rustaveli Avenue, the hotel’s rooms are more like staying in a friend’s house than a hotel – cozy and warm and uniquely Georgian. With the hospitality to match.

g.Vino City Wine Hotel

82 Dimitri Uznadze St, Tbilisi, Georgia

When a hotel’s motto is “in wine we trust,” you know you’re in good hands. Located on the city’s left bank, near the Mtkvari River, the hotel is a self-proclaimed boutique hotel dedicated to the world of natural wine. Living up to its name, the hotel is the place for oenophiles alike to taste rare vintages alongside fellow connoisseurs, and to learn about Georgia’s wine culture from the experts. When the bottles are empty and it’s time to tuck in, who wouldn’t want to open the door to one of these Wes Anderson-reminiscent rooms?

Kisi Boutique Hotel

17 Botanical Street, Tbilisi, Georgia

With unbeatable views of the city and nestled between Narikala Fortress and Abanotubani, Tbilisi’s famed sulfur bath area, Kisi Boutique Hotel is where you check in to check out. Spend your mornings relaxing on your terrace overlooking the most historical parts of the city, and feel free to bring your furry best friend. The hotel is pet-friendly, which is convenient with the sprawling open spaces of the National Botanical Gardens just up the road.

Shota @ Rustaveli Boutique Hotel

1 Taras Shevchenko Street, Tbilisi, Georgia

Not only is the Shota @ Rustaveli Boutique Hotel centrally located and stylish beyond compare, but the hotel is also one of only a few on this list that boasts a pool and sauna – a rare treat in Tbilisi. Take a morning dip to start your day or an evening soak to get off your feet after a day of exploring, and be sure to head to the hotel’s restaurant, Melograno, for a feast for the senses from one of the best kitchens in town.

Sandali Metekhi Boutique Hotel

23 Viktor Jorbenadze Street, Tbilisi, Georgia

With a prime spot overlooking the Mktvari and with Europe Square and Rike Park both within walking distance, Sandali Metekhi Boutique Hotel is a surprisingly luxurious stay in this part of Tbilisi. Known for their suites – you can’t miss the 50 square meter Suite with a TerraceGlass Suite, or Deluxe Outside Bathtub room – the 24 room hotel also offers a pillow menu, free early check-in and check-out, a welcome drink, and free transfers to the hotel from the airport.

Timber Boutique Hotel

37 Aleksandre Khakhanashvili Street, Tbilisi, Georgia

With 36 rooms in a cozy industrial setting, Timber Boutique Hotel is uniquely set away from the tourist-heavy parts of the city. With a more residential feel, the hotel is perfect for getting to know a different side of Tbilisi, and Georgia’s Soviet past. Within walking distance of the hotel, you have places like Stalin’s Underground Printing House Museum, one of the more obscure – and Communist-heavy – places to visit on a trip to Georgia, as well as Battleground shooting range and Lech Kaczynski Garden, an odd ode to the former President of Poland.

Hotel Abanotubani

3/9 Ioseb Grishashvili Street, Tbilisi, Georgia

A hotel with soaking tubs and views of the city’s famous sulfur baths below? Say no more. While we typically think of summer as the best time to visit Tbilisi, Hotel Abanotubani gives reason to visit come Tbilisi’s (albeit mild) colder winter months. Step outside and into one of the private domed sulfur baths below – Gulo’s Thermal Spa is a favorite, as well as Chreli Abano with its famous blue mosaic exterior. After your sulfur bath, grab a meal at Culinarium Khasheria and go for a bowl of spicy khashi, this combination is known to cure even the worst of Georgian hangovers.

Alphabet Hotel

3 Telavi Street, Tbilisi, Georgia

With a fun-loving playfulness making it worthy of a stay in Tbilisi, Alphabet Hotel is a bit off the beaten path, which makes it a hidden gem for travelers looking for a more local experience. With industrial chic meets retro vibes, the hotel is a 10-minute walk from the Avlabari Metro station, and a short ride away from Freedom Square and Rustaveli Avenue. It’ll be hard to check out from the hotel when it’s time to leave, this is one of those places that immediately feels like home.

TbiliSee Hotel

24 Betlemi Street, Tbilisi, Georgia

In the heart of Old Tbilisi, on the neighborhood’s buzzing Betlemi Street, TbiliSee Hotel lives up to the “see” part in the hotel’s name. With the Museum of Illusions just up the street, as well as Gallery 27, and the funkiness of Frida’s Café just around the corner, this is where you want to stay if you’re looking to feel inspired. Fill your soul with the views from the hotel’s rooftop terrace and walk the streets to take in the creative energy all around you. Don’t be afraid to stop into any café, bar, or restaurant that calls your name, they all have something special to offer.

Stamba Hotel

14 Merab Kostava Street, Tbilisi, Georgia

No list of Tbilisi’s best hotels – boutique or otherwise – is complete without Stamba. The pinnacle of cool in Tbilisi and the most sought after stay in town, Stamba’s lively café, outdoor amphitheater, vertical gardens, and past life as a Soviet-era publishing house make it a place that always has a new – and even more exciting than the last – story to tell. Spend your evenings sipping negronis at the pink bar, browse the exhibits at the upper floor Tbilisi Photography and Multimedia Museum, or grab a hot desk at the soon to open D Block collaborative co-working space and get lost in the magic of Tbilisi without ever needing to step outside.


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