Guesthouses in Georgia: What to Expect, Plus 29 of the Very Best Family-Run Accommodations

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Travelling to Republic of Georgia? Family-run guesthouses are a great accommodation choice. This post covers 29 of the very best guesthouses in 7 cities and towns—plus helpful tips and things you should know about staying in guesthouses in Georgia.

 

For many people, including myself, accommodation is so much more than just a place to rest your head. There are certain places where your choice of accommodation can shape your entire experience. Republic of Georgia is one of those places. During our two months travelling around Georgia, we stayed almost exclusively at family-run guesthouses. In our experience, guesthouses in Georgia are affordable, and always very clean. They also make travelling easy and convenient—most guesthouses act as one-stop shops for accommodation, meals, tours, guides, transport, tickets, and just about anything else you may need or desire. More importantly, the families who hosted us in Georgia are partly responsible for making our trip so enjoyable and memorable. Guesthouses in Georgia really do offer an experience for travellers that no hotel could ever match.

There are hundreds if not thousands of family-run guesthouses all over Georgia to choose from. This round-up brings together 29 of the very best, as chosen by me and endorsed by other travellers. At the start of this post you’ll find some helpful tips for navigating guesthouses in Georgia, including how to book a room at a guesthouse, and what to expect from your stay.

 

What are guesthouses in Georgia really like?

Most guesthouses in Georgia feel a lot like homestays. That’s because you’ll typically be sleeping in a bedroom inside someone’s house, and they will usually be living on the property. I get the impression that many older citizens especially convert their extra bedrooms into guest rooms as a way to earn some extra cash. Thus, staying at guesthouses in Georgia (over chain hotels, for instance) is a great way to contribute to the local economy.

The guesthouses we stayed at were often managed by older women—but sometimes we stayed with entire families. Some guesthouses, like Zandarashvili Guest House in Sighnaghi, have grown and morphed over time into sophisticated businesses. Others are more like side hustles. Whatever the case, staying at a guesthouse in Georgia gives you a priceless opportunity to meet and interact with a local family, and gain invaluable insight into the town or city you’re visiting.

Cleanliness & comfort

Being the clean freak that I am, I’m always reluctant to stay anywhere without a private bathroom. In Georgia, I had nothing to worry about. Roughly a quarter of the guesthouses we chose had shared bathrooms. They were always—and I mean always—spotlessly clean. The same goes for the kitchen and other communal spaces. It sometimes feels as if the host is always hovering at the door, waiting to come in and do a spot-clean after you’re done.

In my opinion, Georgians are houseproud and keep very tidy homes, so guesthouses naturally have a very high standard of cleanliness. Our friend in Georgia put it a slightly different way—Georgian women are ‘excellent housewives’, she told us, devoting much of their time to cooking and cleaning.

Majority of guesthouses in Georgia are comfortable and well-appointed. In winter, that means lots of warm blankets, hot water showers, and oil heaters. In summer—depending on where you’re travelling—you’ll want to choose a homestay that has AC (most in Tbilisi do). Clean linens and towels are always provided.

Safety & privacy

When you book a guesthouse in Georgia, the typical scenario is that you’ll be sleeping in a private bedroom with a lockable door. The host may also give you a key to the front door of the house, depending on the set up. Homestays are usually (but not always) located in quieter neighbourhoods, away from the centre of the town/city. Georgia is an incredibly safe country, and we always felt secure staying in guesthouses. None of the guesthouses we stayed at had safety boxes—we simply locked our valuables in our bags if we were leaving anything in the room.

Staying at a guesthouse in Georgia and forming friendships with your host family is such a rewarding experience. But it does mean sacrificing a little bit of privacy. In our experience, guesthouse hosts are incredible passionate about what they do and eager to know everything there is to know about their guests (especially if you come from as far away as Australia!). Our elderly female hostess in particular wanted to chat for hours and hear about our every move. We were more than happy to oblige and treasured (almost!) every opportunity to talk with our guesthouses hosts. Note that some guesthouses impose a nighttime curfew—especially if the host is elderly or there are kids in the house who have to lock the doors and get to bed at a decent hour.

Meals

One of the absolute highlights of staying at a guesthouse in Georgia is getting to try home cooking! Georgian food is one of the world’s most underrated cuisines and home-cooked food is unlike anything you’ve probably ever tasted. More than that, the ritual of sitting together and sharing a meal with your hosts (and sometimes other guests) is a nourishing experience.

Some guesthouses offer a complementary breakfast in the nightly tariff. A few include half-board. But most guesthouses offer breakfast and dinner at an extra cost. If this is the case, be courteous and give them a day’s notice. Breakfast at guesthouses in Georgia usually costs between 10 and 15 GEL and consists of khachapuri, khinkali, sulguni cheese, fresh tomatoes, bread, and other heavy but delicious accompaniments. Dinner is usually a bit pricier, between 15 and 20 GEL per person.

If your guesthouse offers meals, my advice is to take them up on the offer!

Tours, transport & tickets

Guesthouses in Georgia are generally one-stop shops. You could roll up at a guesthouse with no plans, no transport and nothing planned, and your host would happily organise everything for you. Train tickets, bus tickets, air tickets, marshrutka vans and buses, guided tours, hire cars—whatever you need, your host can probably help you out. And they will typically go above and beyond. At one of our guesthouses, our host drove us all the way to the railway station so we could check the train timetable for the next day! On another occasion, our host (a woman with young kids) waited up until 10pm to collect us from the bus. The next day, she got up at 3am to meet two Ukrainian tourists at the airport. These were free transfers done in her family car, by the way.

One thing I do highly recommend taking advantage of are guided tours. Either the host or a member of their family will be recruited to load up the family car and take you around the town/city/countryside. It will typically be a tour of all the hottest tourist sights, but you can request any itinerary you want and ask them to throw in a few of their lesser-known favourites. It’s always an enjoyable experience, even (perhaps maybe even more so) if there’s a language barrier (more on that later). You can save money by splitting the cost with other travellers—the more people in the car, the cheaper it works out.

WiFi

WiFi is pretty endemic in Georgia these days. All the guesthouses we stayed at had reliable WiFi. If you’re going to a more remote location, if might be more difficult to get online.

Communicating with your host

Neither Ross nor I speak Georgian or Russian. Guesthouse hosts in Georgia are everyday people—they probably haven’t had the hospitality or language training that’s required for hotel staff. Communication barriers are bound to arise (they certainly did for us pair of polyglots). But honestly, it’s nothing that can’t be managed. In our experience, most guesthouse hosts speak Georgian, Russian, and a little bit of English. (Although it must be said that younger generations of Georgians are increasingly learning English rather than Russian as a second language.) That little bit of English was always enough to get us through. On the one occasion that our host spoke no English, we communicated with him through the Google Translate app. It was both hilarious and memorable.

Reservations & payment

Remember I said that guesthouses in Georgia are a lot like homestays? Well, they’re a little bit like hotels, too. Most (I’d hazard a guess and say 90 percent) are listed on third-party booking sites. Booking.com and Agoda are the two most popular. A lot of guesthouses are listed on Airbnb, too. You should check both before making a booking, as prices sometimes differ. I recommend booking online using a third-party site and where possible, paying by credit card. Some guesthouses only accept cash payment in local currency (GEL), so be sure to note if that’s the case.

Apply the abundance mentality to guesthouses in Georgia. There are a hell of a lot of them. The more popular and well-known guesthouses will always be harder to get into—but for every one of those, there are a dozen smaller guesthouses in the same area. How far in advance you reserve a room is really up to you. If you’re travelling in high season (summer), I would consider looking at accommodation at least a few months out. We travelled during should season and booked accommodation a week or so before our check-in date. It is possible to roll up and get a room on the spot (we saw it happen multiple times). You may get a cheaper rate if you do this. Security of having a room guaranteed versus saving some money is really a personal choice.

 


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29 of the best guesthouses in Georgia

By no means an exhaustive list, this round-up of some of the best guesthouses in Georgia should give you a taste of what’s available. I hope it’s a useful starting point for choosing your own accommodation in Georgia.

 

Guesthouses in Tbilisi

Tbilisi understandably has the most diverse accommodation options of any city in Georgia—from hotels to upmarket boutique hotels and everything in between. Guesthouses in Tbilisi might be a little different in that the host family might not live on the property. Laundries are notoriously hard to come by in Tbilisi, so keep an eye out for a place with a washing machine. If you’re travelling in summer, you should definitely choose a homestay with air conditioning.

 


Read this next: Awesome things to do in Tbilisi, Georgia.

 

Vintage House

From 19 USD | Check prices & availability on Agoda

Vintage House guesthouse in Tbilisi, Georgia | Photo via Agoda | guesthouses in Georgia

Vintage House guesthouse in Tbilisi, Georgia.

An atmospheric home decorated in the ‘old style’, with hardwood floors, beautiful Caucasian carpets, and walls and cabinets plied with artwork, old books, and antiques. Private rooms sleep up to three adults and all bathrooms are shared. The host, Tamazi, is renowned for her expertise in Georgian history—and for her excellent taste in wine.

 

Pheasant Home in Old Tbilisi

From 33 USD | It may look like a crumbling house (read: fire hazard) from the outside, but on the inside, this guesthouse is thoroughly modern and sparsely decorated. Rooms feature air conditioning and the house has a washer/dryer. The location is good, about one kilometre from Freedom Square (the heart of Tbilisi), and close to public transport. Note that breakfast is not included.

Check prices & availability on Agoda.

Guest House Rampa

From 25 USD | This family-run guesthouse has more of a backpackers feel than the others on this list. The basement is dedicated to a large common area, with several compact but comfortable guest rooms on the house’s upper floor. Most feature an en suite bathroom and private entrance. Centrally located close to the Botanical Garden and Abanotubani sulfur baths, some of the rooms feature views of Narikala Fortress.

Check prices & availability on Booking.com.

Gutsa Artists Guest House

From 31 USD | A two-minute walk from Rustaveli Metro Station in Tbilisi’s historic centre, this homestay is set in a beautiful 19th-century house. Bike rentals, free laundry, airport transfers and a common kitchen are all provided. Private rooms feature high ceilings and en suite bathrooms.

Check prices & availability on Booking.com.

Mais Guest House

From 42 USD | Located in Tbilisi’s up-market Vake neighbourhood, the real draw of this guesthouse is its gorgeous, leafy balcony. There is also a washing machine and a shared kitchen for preparing your own meals. Budget and deluxe rooms are clean and minimal, and all have private bathrooms attached.

Check prices & availability on Booking.com.

 


Guesthouses in Kutaisi

In Kutaisi, Georgia’s third-biggest city and administrative capital, it’s all about old-world charm and lavish decoration. The city is compact and walkable, with the train station at the southern end and Bagrati Cathedral and the Botanic Garden to the north. The old town area around Kutaisi Park and Colchis Fountain is an ideal place to base your stay.

 

Grand Piano

From 28 USD | Check prices & availability on Agoda

Grand Piano guesthouse in Kutaisi, Georgia | Photo via Agoda | guesthouses in Georgia

Grand Piano guesthouse in Kutaisi, Georgia.

For a taste of that elegance Kutaisi is renowned for, look no further than Grand Piano. This guesthouse features ceiling roses, chandeliers, parquet floors, and a signature white J. Becker piano in the living room. Guest rooms are spacious, bright and tastefully decorated, with terraces overlooking the Rioni River and private bathrooms. Hosts Konstantine and Maria provide a generous breakfast. The location is excellent—close to Kutaisi’s atmospheric fresh food market.

 

Guesthouse Medea

From 23 USD | This guesthouse is located right in the heart of the action. Set in a stone building in Kutaisi’s historical old town, it’s mere steps from the city’s best restaurants and bars—including my personal favourite, Palaty. The set up is private double rooms and shared bathrooms. The hosts, sisters Medea and Anna, offer breakfast and dinner, and have been known to belt out a tune after a chacha or two.

Check prices & availability on Agoda.

Traveller’s House

From 16 USD | Perfect for budget and solo travellers, this guesthouse is walking distance from the centre of Kutaisi. Elegant rooms sleep up to four people. Bathrooms are shared. The common area includes a green terrace and a cosy lounge room with a fireplace.

Check prices & availability on Agoda.

Kutaisi Hotel California

From 24 USD | Our accommodation of choice in Kutaisi, this house features huge private rooms with en suite bathrooms and plenty of natural light. Host Leila is an absolute delight and takes a genuine interest in all her guests (and their whereabouts at any given time of day).

Check prices & availability on Agoda.

Nana’s Home

From 24 USD | A cosy guesthouse located in a quiet neighbourhood close to Kutaisi Park. Nana’s Home has a beautiful garden and barbecue facilities, washing machines, a shared kitchen, and brand new, sparkling bathrooms. The house’s matriarch, Nana, is purportedly a kindly host who will happily furnish you with lavish breakfasts and late-night snacks. There is private parking on site.

Check prices & availability on Agoda.

 


Guesthouses in Sighnaghi (Kakheti)

The pretty walled city of Sighnaghi is debatably the most picturesque spot in Georgia. Good old-fashioned hospitality abounds in these parts—helped along by the wine, which flows ever so freely. Sighnaghi is small, so in terms of location, you can’t really go wrong. It is hilly, so be prepared for a bit of a climb to get a guesthouse with good views.

 


Keep reading: How to spend 72 hours in Kakheti (Sighnaghi and Telavi).

 

Tsitso & Soso Guesthouse

From 31 USD | Check prices & availability on Agoda

Tsitso and Soso Guesthouse in Sighnaghi, Georgia | Photo via Agoda | guesthouses in Georgia

Tsitso & Soso Guesthouse in Sighnaghi, Georgia.

Tsistso & Soso Guesthouse is a quaint home with a gorgeous wooden gate out front and spectacular mountain views from the back veranda. Family rooms, some with private bathrooms, are a bit old-fashioned but comfortable.

 

Guest House Honeymoon

From 32 USD | Located in the centre of town in one of Sighnaghi’s heritage homes, this guesthouse has double rooms and family suites (all with private bathrooms), and a communal kitchen. Grigol is reportedly a great host. There is free parking on site if you’re driving down from Tbilisi.

Check prices & availability on Booking.com.

Zandarashvili Guest House

From 12 USD | The Zandarashvilis are hospitality legends in Sighnaghi. Their homestay is a family effort, with son David leading operations. Rooms are spotlessly clean and Mrs Zandarashvili’s cooking is stellar.

Check prices & availability on Agoda.

 


Guesthouses in Kazbegi (Stepantsminda)

One of Georgia’s premier mountain regions, Kazbegi (sometimes called by its new name, Stepantsminda) sits in a valley at the foot of the Greater Caucasus. There are guesthouses on both sides of the Terek River, which runs through the centre. Kazbegi is small, but don’t underestimate the walk across town—it’s steep and quite taxing. If you’re hiking to Gergeti Trinity or the glacier, you might want to choose a guesthouse on the western side to avoid having to trek through town first.

 


Essential reading: How to hike from Kazbegi to Gergeti Trinity (the right way).

 

Guest House Ketino Sujashvili

From 10 USD | Check prices & availability on Agoda

Ketino Sujashvili guesthouse in Kazbegi, Georgia | Photo via Agoda | guesthouses in Georgia

Ketino Sujashvili guesthouse in Kazbegi, Georgia.

This guesthouse is a good all-rounder, offering both dormitories and private rooms that sleep between two and four guests. Every room has its own patio, so you can soak up those remarkable Kazbegi views. Ketino’s cooking is the stuff of legend (the kitchen is also open to non-guests who just want to eat dinner), as is the family’s hospitality. Its location on the same side of the river as Gergeti Trinity makes it a great choice if you’re trekking to the church.

 

Red Stone Guest House

From 29 USD | A lovely family home located very close to the Gergeti Trinity trail head. Huge rooms have natural light, mountain views, and private bathrooms. Breakfast is a highlight—and if you’re hiking, you’ll get a bag of leftover khachapuri and khinkali to take with you.

Check prices & availability on Agoda.

Veranda Guesthouse

From 20 USD | Rooms here are simple but clean. This guesthouse is all about the mountain views, which can be seen the huge outdoor terrace.

Check prices & availability on Agoda.

Giorgi’s Guesthouse

From 26 USD | A popular, no-frills choice, with double and triple rooms, shared bathrooms, and reliable WiFi. This guesthouse is located in the centre of town, close to Kazbegi’s restaurants and cafes.

Check prices & availability on Agoda.

 


Guesthouses in Batumi

It’s all about the outdoors in Georgia’s Black Sea capital. Look for a guesthouse with a nice courtyard, terrace or similar to make the most of your proximity to the ocean. (Just remember, Batumi is notoriously rainy, so a cosy bedroom and a TV isn’t a bad idea either!) The old town area around the Astronomical Clock (shaded lemon on Google Maps) is an ideal place to stay if you want to be close to restaurants and bars.

 


Continue reading: My guide to Batumi, Georgia.

 

Guest House on Europe Square

From 84 USD | Check prices & availability on Agoda

Guest House on Europe Square in Batumi, Georgia | Photo via Agoda | guesthouses in Georgia

Guest House on Europe Square in Batumi, Georgia.

Owned and run by a father-daughter team, this guesthouse has an unbeatable location, right in the centre of Batumi’s belle epoque Europe Square. Simple rooms each have their own private bathroom, and there’s a top-floor balcony with city views. The high price tag reflects the location—but tariffs do include breakfast.

 

Guest House Nia

From 30 USD | Set on a beautiful property close to Batumi Beach, this guesthouse has its own pool and lush gardens. Rooms are simple but comfortable, with shared bathrooms and a communal kitchen.

Check prices & availability on Agoda.

My Warm Guesthouse

From 15 USD | Walking distance from the beach, this is a great budget choice in Batumi. Rooms feature air conditioning and a clean, simple design. Choose from a private studio with terrace or double, triple or quadruple suites with shared bathrooms.

Check prices & availability on Agoda.

 


Guesthouses in Mestia (Svaneti)

Known for its incredible mountains and stone towers, Mestia in Svaneti is remote and rugged. But guesthouses are plentiful. Mestia is very small, so you’ll never be more than five or 10 minutes’ walk from Seti Square and the town centre.

 

Bapsha Guesthouse

From 29 USD | Check prices & availability on Agoda

Bapsha Guesthouse in Mestia, Georgia | Photo via Agoda | guesthouses in Georgia

Bapsha Guesthouse in Mestia, Georgia.

A great choice if you’re looking for something clean and modern in Mestia. Bapsha Guesthouse is set in a newly constructed home and features freshly painted, minimal rooms. Nordic vibes all round. The German owner keeps the place spotless, and the Georgian staff cook local specialties. All rooms feature en suite bathrooms and some have private terraces.

 

Nino Ratiani’s Guesthouse

From 10 USD | This charming wooden cottage features twin, triple and family rooms with en suites. The central location—close to the Museum of History and Ethnography—is ideal. Guests all seem to rave about Nino’s cooking.

Check prices & availability on Agoda.

Manoni’s Guesthouse

From 11 USD | This guesthouse is a 10-minute walk from town but still supremely quiet and relaxed. Budget rooms with shared bathrooms are clean, and the newer double rooms with en suites are among the nicest in all of Mestia. Manoni is a superb host, even helping us to print some documents at her office in town.

Check prices & availability on Agoda.

Guest House Svan-Ski

From 18 USD | Right off Seti Square in the centre of Mestia, this guesthouse is very close to transport and restaurants. Rooms are clean if not a little dark. Private bathrooms are an option.

Check prices & availability on Agoda.

Sakhli Laghamshi

From 33 USD | Located 25 minutes’ walk from town, this guesthouse has ski-to-door access, making it ideal for anyone partaking in winter spots. Rooms are tastefully decorated—especially the two-storey studio with sleeping loft. Double and family rooms have private bathrooms and fantastic views of Mestia’s stone towers.

Check prices & availability on Agoda.

 


Guesthouses in Gori

A pretty city with a dark past, Gori is a nice place to overnight between Tbilisi and Kutaisi. The city’s main residential area is located on the opposite side of the river to most tourist attractions.

 


Read this next: Tips for visiting Gori and the Stalin Museum.

 

Guest House Elene

From 16 USD | Check prices & availability on Agoda

Guest House Elene in Gori, Georgia | Photo via Agoda | guesthouses in Georgia

Guest House Elene in Gori, Georgia.

Guest House Elene is a clean and comfortable family home, with newly renovated and well-appointed guest rooms. Hosts Beka and Ilona lovingly prepare meals for their guests. The house features a common kitchenette and rooms fitted out with mod-cons (including a fancy flat-screen TV and heated towel racks, if that’s your thing). The guesthouse is located at the northern end of town, about fifteen minutes on foot from the Stalin Museum.

 

Guest House Savane

From 29 USD | A popular choice in Gori, this guesthouse is set in an historical 400-year-old property. Rooms are modern and clean, and the home-cooked breakfast comes highly recommended.

Check prices & availability on Agoda.

Nukri Guest House

From 18 USD | This guesthouse is located in a very quiet neighbourhood. Nukri and his wife are kind and accommodating hosts, offering guests a never-ending supply of wine and chacha from the family’s vineyards, and a wonderful breakfast feast.

Check prices & availability on Agoda.

 


 

Over to you! Is there a guesthouse in Georgia that you love and would suggest other travellers try too? Please leave your recommendations in the comments!

 


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4 Comments

  1. Yitzhak Sokoloff

    Do you you know if any guest houses perched in the mountains rather than in villages with great views? Ys

    • Hi Yitzhak—which particular area are you looking at? There are options in Mestia but not in Kazbegi, as far as I know. Check out Fifth Season in Juta for something more mountainous!

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