How to travel and where to stay in Batumi, Georgia
By the Sea: For getting to Georgia by sea is one of the options. Batumi port is a remarkable port of the country. It is of universal type – receiving and sending all types of sea vessels and serving passengers in high standards.
By Plane: Batumi International Airport is located 2km south of the city and Hotel EraPalace is just 5 Kms from the Airport offering the best of cost and convenience. There are many good airlines operating services to/from Batumi International Airport like: Euroline, Sky Georgia, and Turkish Airlines.
By Bus: Buses and minibuses (known as marshutkas in Batumi) operate regularly between Batumi and Tbilisi. Travel time is 6 hours and the minibuses are more comfortable than the local marshrutkas in the city. The scenery along the way travelling by road is breathtaking.
Daily buses also operate between Batumi and Trabzon, Turkey, with stops in Rize and the border crossing at Sarpi. Make sure you meet all visa requirements before crossing the border into Georgia. There are two Marshutka stations. One has long distance minibuses to Kutaisi, Tbilisi, Poti, etc. The other, on Tbilisi Square, has marshutkas to Sarpi.
By Train: Georgian Railways operates trains between Batumi and Tbilisi. First class costs 40 GEL, second class costs 23 GEL. In first class, there are two people per cabin, the berths are a little short, narrow and hard but rather comfortable, and linen is provided. Train tickets can be bought at the station or in Batumi at the office on Z. Gamsakhurdia str. Reserve your seats in advance on the weekends, as many Georgians flock to the seaside.
Women travellers who travel alone are advised to travel first class to have a safe journey, although every carriage, including both first and second class, has a watchman/woman, who protects the passengers from drunks, so you can feel safe.
Where to stay
Hotel EraPalace offers the best Georgian Hospitality and is conveniently located in the city centre, 200 meters from the sea, 5km from the airport, 6km from the railway station and just 20 km from the Turkish border. EraPalace is an eight storeyed building that offers ample space with choices in suites, deluxe rooms, double rooms and triple rooms priced in the range of 100 USD per night. A conference hall well equipped with projection camera, conference table among other amenities like restaurant and a cafe-bar.
Read on Erapalace website Batum beach, Aqua park, dancing fountains, hotel 'Erapalace', acharuli pizza
While waiting for the sun to come out, I took a walk along Batumi's promenade to the south. After a while, the park runs out and is replaced with huge tower blocks, quietly rusting away. A couple of the buildings used to be hotels, but are now filled with refugees from Abkhazia and look squalid and depressing. The promenade is being extended, and a park being constructed, which will hopefully make the area look a little less bleak...but for now you can admire some of the colourful grafitti in between the grotesque blocks of flats.
Batumi - Capital Adjara
For Georgians Batumi is definitely the second most visited place after Tbilisi. One of the reasons is its closeness to Turkey and off course the sea. The sea itself pales in coparison with its comptetitors in Turkey or anywhere else, though for many Georgians and Armenians probably this is the best option ...
Recently it has been subject to massive restoration works and it looks nowadays much more beautiful than in the past. Though I really can not say that it is worth very much to stay there...
Batumi , Review ,Sub Tropical Town news, Holiday
"Batumi ready for tourist's"
Lovely New Intourist hotel makes Batumi a great 5 star destination, Park view and sea side in front of it is stunning, Batumi shows potential, recent developments view future of Georgia, as Bright, and soon Adjara will have 22, 4 to 5 Star Hotels.
Infrastructure is changing day by day, New “Euro-Park” “Aguapark” will be ready soon, modern station in makhinjauri is getting ready, and Grand Amusement park is already serving the holidaymakers for free of charge until October 2006, as a gift from President Saakashvili and First Lady, Sandra Rulofs.
At the opening of the Grand Amusement,” Fun Land" Park , Georgia's President has promised that Georgia with it’s prime regions including Adjara and soon with abkhazeti and s-osetia will be the most modernised and economically stable country by the end of his term, in 2009.
He added: "even now we are already ready for tourists as our infrastructure is getting better day by day.”
Georgia will have New Tbilisi Airport in November, and Batumi airport is going to be ready for international flights soon, connecting through turkey.
Georgia has changed lots since new Government came to power and it feels that future is very bright for this beautiful and special country.
London - evening s. 2006 August
Batumi, capital of Ajaria, is a seaside city on the Black Sea coast.
The city is located on the site of the ancient Greek colony of Batis.
"Mosque of Batumi"
Adjaria owes its name to the Ajars, a group of Georgians who became Muslim under Ottoman rule during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.But they never were strict Muslims.
Adjarians are like Georgians in almost every respect.
"Armenian apostolic church"