Tucked away in Tbilisi's hip Vera neighborhood, this cozy urban paradise blends seamlessly with its surroundings. A design-forward boutique hotel in a reclaimed Soviet era publishing house, Rooms fuses elements of its past with 20s New York charm—think traditionally-clad bellhops, heavy room keys neatly displayed behind the front desk, and hand-laid tile—with Georgian hospitality. Part of the Design Hotels hospitality group and Adjara hospitality, you can be sure that every detail was carefully curated; this is where you’ll want to retire to after a day of touring the city, either for cocktails on the patio or to curl up with a good book in snug yet sophisticated rooms. Rooms has another location in Kazebegi, and an ultra-trendy hostel and sister-property called Fabrika, also in Tbilisi. Additionally, the group just opened a slightly more upscale property, Stamba, complete with a casino, Chocolaterie, and glass-bottom rooftop swimming pool in the adjacent building.
Guestrooms make bold statements with foliage-print wallpaper, iron bed frames and industrial-chic candelabras. Inside you’ll also find a small but mighty Marshall speaker that you can plug your devices into via auxiliary cable. A bench, desk, and coat hooks are all there for your convenience, as well as free Wi-Fi and a safe. Amenities include shoeshine, as well as a shoehorn, sewing kit, and slippers.
Some rooms come with freestanding tubs; others have glass-doored showers with wooden floors concealing the drain. In addition to hairdryers, bathrooms also have toiletries by Prija. The toilet has its own sliding door for added privacy.
Floor to ceiling bookshelves will keep you perusing for a while in the lobby library. Feel free to borrow one during your stay. Tilework, lots of plants, and a guarantee that you’ll always be greeted upon entering the hotel make for a truly welcoming experience.
The intimate street-facing gym has a stationary bicycle and two treadmills, as well as yoga mats and free weights.
Walk through a verdant, sun-lit corridor as you make your way to breakfast (or lunch and dinner), in The Kitchen Restaurant inside the hotel, which is spacious yet cozy enough to make you feel like you’re dining in the home of a very well-to-do friend. Touches include a retro espresso machine and a condo deck oven with an old German wood-fired oven facade.
The outdoor Garden Bar is likewise filled with foliage; sip craft cocktails made with fresh herbs alongside Tbilisi’s nightlife crowd. You can also sit at the indoor bar or in the lounge on cozy leather couches. Enjoy tasty cocktails and snacks amid unique furnishings, oversize wall art, and a fireplace.
A 20-minute cab ride from the Tbilisi Airport (taxis are generally highly affordable in the city) will get you to Rooms. The hotel is very centrally located, in walking distance to restaurants, bars, shopping, historic sites, and more.
Upscale dining options include Cafe Littera (4-minute drive) which is tucked away behind the 20th century Writer's House which was once a meeting place for intellectuals; today they host writing residencies. The restaurant offers al fresco dining in a large urban garden and is helmed by the “Queen of Georgian Cuisine,” innovative Chef Tekuna Gachechiladze. You're also not far from Azarphesha (20-minute walk), an unbeatable culinary experience with exceptional local delicacies and wine.
You’re right across the street from trendy Lolita (1-minute walk), which can get rowdy in the evenings. Many bars line the central Rustaveli avenue (Meraba Kostava St. becomes Rustaveli Ave.) so you won't be at a loss for ways to spend a night out in the city.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Warm hospitality, thoughtful details, and the opportunity to feel right at home while in the otherworldly city of Tbilisi, are reason enough to stay at Rooms. You can clink glasses with urban socialites downstairs, and cozy up amid retro-chic furnishings upstairs for a stay that will fully round out your Georgia experience. In collaboration with Design Hotels, Rooms provides guests with access to unique Tbilisi experiences. Visit the Original Experiences section of their site to learn more.