I was told that two or three years ago there was no hostel or cheap accommodation in Tbilisi, only few expensive hotels. It has changed a lot. Georgia is ready to accept backpackers heading to Caucasus. You will always find some hotels or hostels in bigger towns. Even small villages in Caucasus have some guesthouses or mostly you meet some locals and they offer you an accommodation in their house. Locals are very friendly and hospitable.
An inseparable element of the Kist hospitality is feasting together, according to the following Georgian saying: "a guest is God’s messenger". The Kists are honoured to have guests and gladly invite them to the table. During such feasts the natives often organise Kist and Georgian music concerts as well as traditional dance shows.
f so required by the guests, the hosts provide car transport from the airport or the bus station in Tbilisi to Pankisi. The Pankisi Gorge can also be reached from the Ortaczala bus station in Tbilisi by the so-called marszrutka (a minibus which runs on a regular basis; travel time: 3.5 h).
The house is located near the center of the village, nearby an old cemetery from one side and a kindergarten on the other. The Alazani river is flowing nearby. A one-storey house, specious, with a verandah overgrown by a grapevine . Surrounded by a large garden and an orchard.. Vast terraces are usually covered in grapevines from which heavy, purple and dark blue Kist wine is made. The wine is drunk from glasses or special buffalo horns, and it leaves on one’s lips a specific residue in that very colour. At their doorstep, the Kists treat their guests to local culinary specialities. They don’t let their guests buy any food, and offer them home-grown fruit for free.
A Two-storey House, Guest Rooms On The First Floor, Separate Entrance. Surrounded By A Garden, A Vineyard And An Orchard.
The Kists usually make available to their guests a whole storey of their house, with a separate entrance. The guests are offered spacious rooms. Most houses are surrounded by a big garden, in the vicinity of which there are orchards, vineyards, apiaries as well as bird and cattle farms.
Trips to the region of Pankisi gorge and high Caucasus mountains. Contact in Russian and in basic English.
The Kists are very hospitable and kind people, quite friendly to strangers. One remembers for a long time the joy derived from the contact with them. Their lifestyle, so different from the Western European customs, has not been tainted by commercialism yet, which makes tourists compare their stay in Pankisi to expeditions to most exotic corners of the earth.
The house is located at the end of the main road in Birkiani, at the feet of the mountains. From the verandah there is a view over nearby mountains, The Alazani river is flowing close by. Very good location as a base for the high Caucasus mountain trips.
A large household - hen, turkeys and cows, horses, fruits from an own orchard Horseback riding to the region of high Caucasus. Organized meetings with interesting villagers in Birkiani ex. a men fighting with a goat.
A single-storey house with the overshadowed verandah, a garden and an orchard around. The house is at disposal of guests, large, spacious rooms. Hosts are living in two houses nearby the guest house. The house is situated in the centre of Duisi, near the Alazani river.
Contact in Russian and in basic English.
Amount of place: 2 double rooms
A swimming pool for children in the garden
The household - hen, turkeys, horses and cows, fruits from an own orchard, a vineyard and an apiary.
Light carriage trips (arba ride- two-wheel cart) in the area of Pankisi gorge and high Caucasus mountains.
Small and comfortable hotel in the area of Vake, just upper side of Chavchavadze street. Rooms are large enough, some are with both tub, some are only with shower. Internet speed is high.
You find a lot of nice restaurants on Abashidze street nearby.
Contact in Russian and in basic English.
Amount of place: 3 double rooms
WC in a separate building outside the living quarters (so-called privy)
Tap water in the courtyard or from the well. Bathroom with the sewage system (with outflow of water) on the ground floor. Possibility of heating water on request of the guests.
The view from the verandah upstairs is stretching out from one side to the range of the high Caucasus (at the good weather there are visible peaks covered with snow), from the other side to the mountainous hillside of the river, with remains of the Georgian temple named Chorbalo, dating back the times of queen Tamara (XI-XII c.)
Pool table available on the ground floor of the building, a swing in the garden.
Therapeutic baths in the Alazani river under the supervision of Makvala Margoshvili
Rafting on tires.
The household - hen, turkeys and cows, fruits from an own orchard, a vineyard and an apiary.
Mountain expeditions into the high Caucasus mountains
An invitation to watch the traditional prayer of women's Islamic Sufism brotherhood in the old mosque in Duisi every Friday.
Organized of concerts of folk bands Daimoakh.
Further info at www.pankisi.org
Stay in a historical building located on a quiet street, with the city center right around the corner. Take a stroll down the street to a major city attraction old Tbilisi, or taking in the great view from the balcony of your bedroom. This bed and breakfast is a must-see for anyone looking to discover Tbilisi! 2 rooms available: 30 square meters (280 square feet) and 10 square meters (95 square feet). Both rooms have 4 meter (13 feet) high ceilings. Cable TV, free internet access and breakfast are included. Transportation to and from the airport can be provided upon request. Laundry service, lunch and dinner are available for additional fee.
Don't expect fancy accommodation facilities in Akhaltsikhe. We chose the Hotel Meskheta to sample the "old days" communist era in this part of the world. This venue used to host high ranking government officials including Stalin and, considering the size of this city, the hotel was probably rather sumptuous and comfortable.
Nowadays, the desert lobby welcomes the guests who need to climb a staircase to the second floor in search of the reception. The yellow, dim light reveals a long corridor with room doors on each side. The kind and smiling middle-aged lady at the reception doesn't speak English and writes the price per night in Lari on a piece of paper, but she wouldn't mind to take Euro currency.
My room has several beds and a broken window pane, but I'm glad the en-suite bathroom has running water although cold. It's not a bad accommodation after all, and I'm only puzzled by the safety equipment - rotting fire extinguishers - seen on the way to the parking backyard that can be reached with a rusting, swinging external staircase.
We returned to this stopover for a second night when we found out that the rough road we chose to reach Tbilisi was impassable. This time we've met Kathy, a younger, extremely helpful lady who took us around the city at night in search for an internet point.
Despite I've seen more comfortable places, the warm hospitality received made the Meskheta a good stay.
The Stepan Sminda hotel in the town square looked tempting, but I decided to try my luck with the locals. I started walking around the main square, and came behind the statue of Alexander Kazbegi there was a small hotel sign on an ordinary house at the crossroad. It proved to be a homestay.
And that was it, a small simple room, 15 lari/night/person, hot water, signs and drawings to communicate as my English proved useless….. In addition, I was offered meals at 10 lari/meal, a little bit expensive, but it finally proved a good idea to take them. Not only they were excellent and abundant, but the provisions one can get from the local shops seemed scarce and highly overpriced (because of the distance, I believe).
Lia’s guesthouse has a good location (3 minutes walk from the main town square up the hill) easy to reach everywhere in Kutaisi. You will probably be offered a room at the ground floor in the backyard, shared baths but with hot water all the time. Being “quite a character herself”, Lia will probably ask payment (20 lari, no breakfast) the minute you are shown the room.
You can even use the fridge on the corridor, but should ask for permission first.
The only minus – if your room is on groundfloor, the neighbours will be able to see everything in your room, through the windows which open directly in their noses. However, there’re curtains, and besides….after a nice long day, you’ll surely fall asleep immediately.
Nana and her family continue to be a great, helpful and friendly host, in her charming historical house near the town square. In fact, staying at Nana was a unique experience, I got the feeling of a trip back to a golden age of romantic travel, before mass tourism and industrial civilisation.
Besides, the food she prepares and voluntarily serves is simply delicious! And you can hire her husband, together with car, for some trips to the nearby sites as far as Davit Gareji!
At some backpacker’s recommendation, I started looking for this hotel, hidden in the complicated network of narrow streets in old T’bilisi. The telephone number in the LP 2004 edition was no longer valid, so I relied on a friendly old lady who walked me to the hotel. In fact, this is not a hotel, but a guesthouse, in which the rooms from the second and the third floors were converted for rent. Second floor has 3 classic furniture rooms, while the 3 rustic rooms at the attic share a large bathroom. Old fashioned air-con was of much help during the hot August weather.
The most charming and friendly budget option in the old centre of T’bilisi. Panoramic views over the city from the terrace, billiard, quiet, and last but not least, amazing collection of antiques and old furniture.
The name Saodzako is in the lonely planet guide, but not on the hotel itself - but you will know you are in the right place when you are right next to the train station.
This is a pretty cheap option - we had a triple with 3 single beds for about $8 per person (no breakfast).
It was FREEZING! However, the owner was kind enough to bring bottles of hot water to put in our beds to warm us up.
It was DARK! Once you turned off the lights, you were in complete darkness - like the darkness of a cave underground.
It SHOOK in the middle of the night due to the train that came by only 3 feet from our room. But there is only 1 train, so it not too bad.
There is no guarded parking provided by the hotel, but Camilla was approached by a man who offered "protection" for a fee. This is more of a "if you pay me, I won't do anything to your car, but if you don't..." threat, but what can you do?
This was an upgrade from our night at the Saodzako for sure! Because it was off season, we got a discount of nearly 50% too. Our room was large and comfy with a great shower. Can't complain!
Breakfast was included, but was a bit bizzare since they served us cake.
Guarded parking on the premises
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