Shota Rustaveli boutique hotel in Tbilisi, Georgia – Review by Dr. Prem Jagyasi

Visiting the mystic country Georgia is like a dream come true, it’s a beautiful country with very interesting and rich history and culture. I decided to make Shota Rustaveli my abode during my stay at Tbilisi. If it wasn’t for my close friends I would have never discovered this gem of a hotel hidden away in the heart of the city Tbilisi.

Shota Rustaveli boutique hotel room

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I was taken by a feeling of pleasant surprise the minute I put my foot inside the hotel. It’s a boutique hotel that treats you with the best of both worlds. The wood dominated decor and use of subtle pastel and warm colors gives it a rustic old-world charm but the cutting edge modern and stylish designs gives you the chance to experience the modern-day luxury. The rooms were extravagant and satisfying my OCD clean. Sleeping on their bed was nothing short of a delight, I am very particular about my hotel beds (I think they are my most favorite part about living in hotels, second comes the room service option) and to my utter contentment the bed was very comfortable and soft. I had the pleasure of unwinding after a very hectic day in the bathtub filled with warm water enjoying the view and good music.

Shota Rustaveli indoor swimming pool

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They also have a very relaxing indoor pool and sauna. Although I was dead tired I couldn’t help but steal some time from the schedule to pamper myself with some amazing sauna. Also thanks to their fully loaded gym and indoor swimming pool I could manage my daily workout while having a lot of fun.

Shota-Rustaveli-boutique-hotel-restaurant

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The cold and chilling weather in Tbilisi made me hungry to my bones (my natural curiosity of trying different cuisines didn’t help) , luckily their restaurant with all their lip smacking delicacies came to my rescue. Their in house restaurant (restaurant Melograno) serves one of the most delicious delicacies I have ever experienced. The range of food options they have to offer will spoil you for choices.They serve taste bud tickling authentic Georgian cuisine. Their pizzas and pastas are to die for.I was pleasantly surprised to witness their wide range of vegetarian and vegan options (also equally tasty, don’t miss out on their pear salad). The bar served very unique and scrumptious cocktails, and you cannot say no to a glass (or 5, *wink wink*) when they look that appealing.

Georgian-chacha

Also don’t miss out on their Georgian chacha, it is also called grape vodka or wine vodka, it is made out of grape residue left after making wine (knowledge courtesy: bar chef). My favourite part about their restaurant (aside from all the food and delicious drinks that I indulged myself in) was their terrace balcony. Sitting over there enjoying the beautiful and mesmerising view of the city while sipping on my cocktail felt therapeutic.

Shota Rustaveli wine shop

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Did I mention they have their own wine shop? Well firstly how can you visit Georgia and not talk about wine? To continue they have a wide range of different labels of wine and also offer natural home made wine brought to you directly from the producer’s cellar. They have on an approximation 100 types of different wine ( I think I’ll visit again just to taste the ones I couldn’t try in my small visit) sourced from different parts of Georgia. If you visit Tbilisi, to the least pay their wine shop and restaurant a visit, I promise you, you will thank me later.

Tiblisi City View Georgia by Dr Prem

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My stay over here was plain wonderful, I felt overwhelmed by the warm welcome they gave me, the staff here (true to Georgia’s reputation) are polite and courteous and very helpful. They also guided me with the list of places I could visit in Tbilisi and the places that I would enjoy. The best part was the hotel itself is very close to all the local attractions and must visit places in Tbilisi (I sincerely think this hotel should be on the must visit list of places). The place is within walking distance from the shopping area and an old cathedral church. The hotel is next to the parliament building.

My visit to Georgia and this hotel was filled with happy and friendly experiences. The weather was spellbinding and gave me all kinds of goosebumps. I truly enjoyed my stay at this hotel and relished all the food and wine i could manage to eat in my short stay. This hotel keeps up with the charm of the magical city.

Dr Prem Jagyasi (c)

Dr Prem is an award winning strategic leader, renowned author, publisher and highly acclaimed global speaker. Aside from publishing a bevy of life improvement guides, Dr Prem runs a network of 50 niche websites that attracts millions of readers across the globe. Thus far, Dr Prem has traveled to more than 40 countries, addressed numerous international conferences and offered his expert training and consultancy services to more than 150 international organizations. He also owns and leads a web services and technology business, supervised and managed by his eminent team. Dr Prem further takes great delight in travel photography.

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