Best hotels and hostels in Great Caucasus

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Stepantsminda

    Rooms Hotel

    Rooms is a massive, inspired conversion of a former Soviet sanatorium. The once-spartan building is now clad almost entirely in appealing dark wood and makes brilliant use of its elevated position looking across the valley, with a vast terrace that is packed in the late afternoon with well-heeled visitors enjoying sundowners with perfect views of Mt Kazbek and Stepantsminda Church. The rooms are contemporary, comfy and well equipped, but a little on the small side due to the design of the original building, though they do at least all have large walk-out balconies. What's really special is the long, library-style lounge and bar running the length of the ground floor, and the superb restaurant with gourmet Georgian, European and fusion dishes, perfect for a lazy meal or evening drinks. There's also a very good indoor pool and even a casino. The cheaper back-view rooms are nice enough but don't have that Kazbek-view magic. Friday and Saturday nights are more expensive than Sunday to Thursday; and there are discounts for advance booking.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Stepantsminda

    AltiHut 3.14

    This fantastic addition to the accommodation options on the way to Mt Kazbek, 2018-opened AltiHut sits at 3014m, a 7km (2½-hour) trek from Tsiminda Sameba Church. Despite being 600m below Betlemi Hut, this is a comfortable, modern, clean and sustainable mountain shelter that makes a far more comfortable base for Kazbek ascents. A good breakfast is included with each overnight stay, and lunch and dinner are also available, as is mountaineering equipment. Book ahead by email to arrange your stay. The hut is also open year-round, though guests need to bring their own sleeping bags with them from November to June.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Svaneti

    Grand Hotel Ushba

    A comfortable mountain lodge in a gorgeous setting just past Mazeri, with a restaurant serving good Georgian dishes, salads and desserts. Rooms are attractive in combinations of pine, stone and white paint, though not as luxurious as you might expect for the prices. Still, it's one of the best places to stay in Svaneti and a great base for walking. Staff will pick you up for free from the main road 8km down the valley.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tusheti

    Guesthouse Your Home

    Beside the church at the top of Shenaqo, delightfully eccentric matriarch Darejan (Daro) offers seven bright, wood-floored and -walled rooms, all with multiple beds and most with private bathrooms. The food is a highlight here, with delicious home cooking and huge portions. Daro's daughter Irma speaks English, but Daro is a master communicator nonetheless. Ask to see Daro's small 'musuem' of old Tushetian implements in her other house nearby.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Mestia

    Guesthouse Davit Zhorzholiani

    This friendly family establishment is annoyingly unsigned and hidden in a lane just by Erti Kava coffee shop. However, with its own Svan tower, 20 comfortable rooms with private bathroom and a lovely courtyard setting, it's a real winner. There's a panoramic roof terrace and meals are plentiful and tasty. Amiable host Davit is an experienced mountain-hiking guide.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Mestia

    Villa Gabliani

    These teacher sisters speak good English and German, and their house has five big, carpeted rooms that just ooze Soviet Georgian character. Each room shares a bathroom and a lovely verandah overlooking a garden of wildflowers and fruit trees. It's a good choice if you'd like a Georgian homestay minus the screaming children, and it's also superb value.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Svaneti

    Maia's Guesthouse

    This charming family-run guesthouse oozes character, not least with its own 11th-century Svan watchtower on the premises, which owner Giorgi will be happy to show you. Six rooms in the newer building have their own bathrooms, while the older, rather more charming, rooms share facilities as well as a gorgeous veranda and cost a little less.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Mestia

    Roza Shukvani’s Guesthouse

    Terrific Svan meals and a warm welcome from the ever-helpful, English-speaking Roza and her family make this one of Mestia’s best places to stay, all the more so now it's moved to brand-new premises. The 17 spotless, spacious rooms have a mix of private and shared bathrooms, and valley views from the terrace and garden are superb.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Svaneti

    Guesthouse Betegi

    This welcome new guesthouse in the village of Iprali has seven comfortable rooms that share six bathrooms. There's hot water, wi-fi and host Temuri speaks English. There's also a wonderful view over the valley from the terrace and some of the best food you'll find on the Mestia–Ushguli trek. All round, a winner.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tusheti

    Hotel Samtsikhe

    By far the most appealing sleeping option in Dartlo, the Hotel Samtsikhe – whose name means 'three watchtowers' – comprises six stone-and-wood houses, with 14 rooms in all, just above the ruined church at the foot of the village. Beds are comfy and there's a full restaurant here too (mains 2 GEL to 12 GEL).

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Stepantsminda

    Anano Guesthouse

    Six bright, spic-and-span rooms with polished pine floors, good breakfasts and helpful English-speaking owners add up to one of Stepantsminda's best guesthouses. From Kazbegis moedani take the uphill street passing Nunu's Guesthouse, turn left at the top and take the entry to the right after 30m.

  • Lodging in Mestia

    Chalet Mestia

    This midrange hotel on Mestia's main street makes a good stab at boutique hotel offerings, with smart furnishings, polished wooden floorboards, crisp linens, filament bulbs and other small designer touches in its otherwise fairly normal but clean and comfortable 15 rooms. It's certainly a step up from most hotels in town, and appeals to an international crowd seeking affordable comfort.

  • Lodging in Mestia

    Guesthouse Ushba

    This pleasant, clean and central budget-leaning place has a wide range of rooms of varied sizes and outlook. Most share bathrooms, plus there's a big terrace and a bright sitting room with great views over the rushing river below. It's just 200m east of Setis moedani along the main street, and the on-site Cafe Ushba is recommended too.

  • Lodging in Omalo

    Hostel Tishe

    This fairly basic guesthouse in the middle of Kvemo Omalo offers some of the best-value rooms in the village. The four rooms have chipboard walls and share one bathroom, but they also have access to a pleasant terrace with good views, which also functions as a popular 'outdoor bedroom' during warmer weather. Downstairs you'll find one of Tusheti's better-stocked shops.

  • Lodging in Mestia

    Villa Mestia

    This attractive three-storey house with a lovely tree-shaded garden (where you can take meals or drinks) has a degree of traditional charm thanks to its wooden doors, windows and furnishings, and stone-walled dining room. Its nine rooms are comfy, all with private bathroom and a balcony, and English is spoken. It's 500m from Setis moedani along the road to Zugdidi.

  • Lodging in Mestia

    Posta Hotel

    Opened in 2019 on Mestia's main square, the Posta is a splash of boutique fabulousness in a town still struggling to build rooms with bathrooms. Studiedly minimalist in style, rooms have their own balconies, wooden floorboards and feature luxuries such as rain showers. The downstairs lobby-lounge and restaurant is also one of the best places for drinks in town.

  • Lodging in Svaneti

    Gamarjoba Guesthouse

    Temraz has four good, clean, wood-floored rooms, and serves awesomely delicious local food. His brother Fridon's paintings decorate the communal areas of the house, giving it a rather bohemian feel, and there's a pleasant garden for relaxing. You may recognise the house as a location used in the local film Dede. Temraz' son speaks English.

  • Lodging in Mestia

    Guest House Eka

    Hospitable, English-speaking Eka Chartolani, the archaeology curator at Mestia's museum, has six large rooms for up to four people (three of which share bathrooms) and serves delicious Svan/Georgian meals using a lot of home-grown produce. Vittorio Sella runs uphill off the main street about 60m west of Setis moedani, and the house has nice views.

  • Lodging in Svaneti

    Hanmer Guest House

    A hospitable Canadian-and-Georgian-run guesthouse about 1km up from the main road in Etseri, this guesthouse has several bright, medium-sized rooms for up to four people, and five shared bathrooms. There's also a guest kitchen and one bedroom with private facilities. Downstairs you'll find one of the best-stocked shops in Svaneti outside Mestia.

  • Lodging in Svaneti

    Guesthouse Gogia

    Charming Gogia and Dodo moved back to Svaneti after living in Abkhazia for years, and offer a very comfortable modern house set in a large garden in the middle of Zhabeshi. There are two spotless bathrooms, warm and clean rooms, and good meals. Gogia's family watchtower, in the adjacent lot, can also be visited by request. No English is spoken.