With its rugged, rocky landscape, winding Medieval streets and blend of tradition and contemporary culture, Tbilisi is hot right now. But we’ll help you keep your cool when it comes to picking a place to stay on a budget – here are the best hostels in the city, now bookable with Culture Trip.
Secreted away on the far side of the Black Sea, Georgia is still – for now – Europe’s best-kept secret. And Tbilisi, the country’s ancient capital, is the central launching point for exploring what it has to offer – from snowy mountain ranges to humid coastal forests and some of the oldest vineyards in the world. But first, you need a city base – and that’s where we come in. We’ve been through the city with a fine-tooth comb and picked out the hostels we believe will make your trip all the more memorable.
The Tbilisi Pod is a hostel with a minimalist, stylish interior that proves backpackers don’t need to compromise on atmosphere. With three four-person dormitories (male, female and mixed), guests can enjoy a night’s sleep without getting too crowded. The Pod also runs a cafe with hipster vibes and ideal lighting for digital nomads and remote workers. It’s a great pick for travellers looking to live outside the boisterous city centre while still being close enough to see all that Tbilisi has to offer.
Moosica Hostel takes its name from the nearby Conservatory, Opera and Ballet Theatre – music is its prime inspiration. Guests can avail themselves of three private rooms as well as three dormitories (one female, two mixed), each of which is lined with warm artwork. The hostel is ideally located for those looking to head either to the Old City or to the midtown restaurants and shopping centres, with parks and the nearby Mtkvari River available for quick breaks.
Sheni Hostel is on the east side of the river, not far past the historical Armenian district. Guests will be treated to views of quaint Tbilisi rooftops while staying in a set of comfy dorms. The hostel’s location makes it an ideal base to check out some of the more hidden gems in Tbilisi, like a modernist wedding chapel known as the Palace of Rituals and the narrow side streets of the Avlabari neighbourhood.
Laguna Inn is a clean, no-frills hostel located right downtown that gives backpackers a place to rest their head between exploring Tbilisi highlights like the nearby funicular or Vera Park. The hostel is located in the city centre, making it a quick walk to landmarks and family-friendly attractions like the Tbilisi Zoo, hipster hotspots like the Fabrika or the world-famous Bassiani nightclub.
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Nestled right within the sprawling Avlabari quarter on the river’s right bank, Your House is a small hostel with various rooms for single and double travellers who like having a vibrant atmosphere right outside their door. The hostel is a block away from the Presidential Palace and a quick jaunt from Rike Park, one of the most famous landmarks in Tbilisi. From here, you can enjoy the singing fountains or hop on a cable car that takes you over the Old City and up to the Narikala Fortress.
Located far from the noise of the city centre, in the quiet Saburtalo neighbourhood, Cybernetics Hostel & Suites is a quick ride away from the upscale homes, establishments and foreign embassies of Vake quarter. For a quicker, picturesque trip to Vake, try the nearby Maghlivi Bridge over the Vere River, made especially for pedestrians. Guests staying at Cybernetics can enjoy a four-person dormitory or suites with or without a balcony. Business travellers will also be able to use the in-house conference hall.
Blossom hostel offers both dormitories and private rooms, as well as a continental breakfast. For those looking for a quiet night in, travellers can find an onsite coffee house and bar as well as table tennis equipment. But, since it’s located in the centre, you will probably want to check out the vibrant neighbourhood. Just north of the Presidential Palace, it’s a quick walk to favourites like Rike Park, Fabrika and the Dry Bridge Market.
M42 Hostel takes inspiration from photography – it’s named after a lens developed in the Soviet Union. This is more than appropriate, as views right from the hostel, which is located on one of the largest hill slopes in the city, are a major highlight. When not checking out sights like Freedom Square or the nearby Old City, guests can partake in onsite activities like games nights, movie screenings or art classes. For the chill traveller, relaxing on the terrace or in the historic basement cellar will be a must.