Tbilisi Georgia, what a gem! A while back we traveled to Georgia, during the winter and what a pleasant surprise. First on the list was Kazbegi, a little white wonderland in the mountains, read all about it.
‘Since we relocated to Dubai, its opened so many doors to little gems like this, while living in South Africa, we would never in a million years have dreamed of going to Georgia. One of the perks of living in the UAE is that traveling is so much easier and only a 3-4 hours flight from here, you can find the most beautiful places. Well, Georgia is just one of these places, and in the last 3 years, it was high on ‘THE TRAVELING LIST’. Earlier last year I discovered a hotel in Tbilisi called Rooms Hotel and immediately fell in love, design heaven. They are also a member of Design Hotels, which if you don’t know about yet, go have a look, its hotels and locations one can only dream of! I soon found they have a sister hotel in the mountains, Rooms Kazbegi. So there it was, easy peasy, one country, six days, two completely different experiences and two stunning hotels.’
Tbilisi is the capital of the country of Georgia. Its cobblestoned old town reflects a long, complicated history, with periods under Persian and Russian rule. Its diverse architecture encompasses Eastern Orthodox churches, ornate art nouveau buildings and Soviet Modernist structures. Wikipedia sums it up pretty well and by now, you’ll know that getting lost in old towns, eating local, capturing beautiful structures and interior is what I love.
‘Georgia’s capital Tbilisi is a thinking person’s heaven. A rich cultural and intellectual heritage means the city offers rare museums and galleries, stunning churches, divine cuisine, and an enviable crafts heritage. To top it off, the country is set to create a new design legacy—thanks to Rooms Hotel group, which is leading the local contemporary movement of marrying Georgian tradition with modernism. The first Design Hotels™ member in the country, Rooms Hotel Kazbegi in the Caucasus Mountains is vastly different from the newly opened Rooms Hotel Tbilisi. Located in the intellectual neighborhood of Vera, the Tbilisi cleverly incorporates the building’s history as a publishing house into its design elements, while also honoring its cultural past with many art and music events. Rife with regal sophistication, the 8-floor property boasts 125 rooms and suites, combining distinct 1930s New York vibes with old-world Tbilisi charm. Rich, fragrant leather, mood lighting, velvety textures, and carefully selected sounds fill the spacious fireplace lounge and cocktail bar—home to international guests and fashionable Georgians alike. With a clear emphasis on all things “taste”, the nouveau American restaurant “The Kitchen” concocts a delectable weekly menu using locally sourced ingredients.’ – Design Hotels
Places to stay:
- Rooms Hotel
- Fabrika Hostel – Fabrika oozes genuinely cool soviet vibes enhanced by funky industrial elements. The modern design pops within the aged concrete walls and the result is strikingly “old-meets-new”.
- Stamba Hotel – Stamba Hotel was conceived to highlight the industrial splendor of the 20th-century publishing house in which it is situated. The Brutalist framework is shot through with nostalgic references to the roaring ‘20s and glamorous ‘30s, while fresh new touches lend the hotel a distinctly contemporary edge.
Places to eat:
- Lolita Cafe – This uber trendy, hipster cafe/restaurant is opposite Rooms Hotel and we just couldn’t get enough of this place. I think it clear to say if Barry & I ever open a cafe, this will where our inspiration would come from. We just loved everything about Lolita. Open kitchen, sitting outside under the heaters in middle of winter, watching the chefs prepare your meal. Mr friendly barmen mixing up the most delicious cocktails, while the cool tunes are creating the good vibes… well this sort of thing is just what floats our boat.
- Keto & Kote – One of the most memorable experiences in Tbilisi, dining at the charming restaurant Keto & Kote. A five-minute walk from Rooms Hotel is a beautiful home converted to an incredible dining experience. This place is the definition of old Tbilisi culture, hospitality and dining. The service is outstanding, our waitress knew her stuff and was extremely friendly and helpful when it came to ordering. We opted for one of their top local wines Orgo which are still aged in Qvevri (large clay jars) and it’s absolutely delicious, 3 bottles of deliciousness. For dinner, we had a traditional Georgian Salad, Beef Knarcho, and their specialty, Touslet Meat with Roquefort and Ajika (pulled beef, cream, Roquefort & lettuce) words cannot describe this goodness!!! The meals, ambiance, and experience was five star and would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this, should you ever find yourself in Tbilisi.
- Explore Old Town by foot.
- Walk the Bridge of Peace.
- Take a cable car to the Mother of Georgia statue.
- Visit Dry bridge flea market.
- Do a Wine Tasting.
- Visit the Sulphur Baths.