Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, is a city that we absolutely love. So much so that after visiting Tbilisi initially, we decided to spend a number of months living here over the last year. One thing we quickly learned, however, was that for tourists thinking of visiting, it can be difficult to determine where to stay in Tbilisi, as there are a number of interesting areas of the city with their own unique pros and cons.
To help you decide, the best area to stay in Tbilisi, we’ve decided to put together a comprehensive area guide which includes some of the best hotels and hostels in each region to help you find the perfect place to stay in Tbilisi for any budget!
This article will focus on the six main areas in Tbilisi that encompass where the majority of tourists stay: Old Town, Rustaveli, Vera, Marjanishvili, Avlabari & Vake. While not all of these are official regions of Tbilisi they are the most common areas that we’ve found travellers ask about when trying to find the best area to stay in Tbilisi.
Apart from including some of the best hotels and hostels in Tbilisi, it’s also worth remembering that there are a number of options for private rooms or apartments on Airbnb. Some highly-rated options include this large apartment in Rustaveli or this elegant house in Tbilisi Old Town and there are more options listed below in this article.
Want a quick answer? For short term tourism stays in Tbilisi, staying in the Old Town or Rustaveli area is ideal. These are some top accommodation choices:
Old Town: Pushkin 10 Hostel (Budget), Old Side Boutique Hotel (Mid-Range), Hotel Flower (Luxury) & Elegant house (Airbnb)
Rustaveli: Marco Polo Hostel (Budget), Ornament Hotel (Mid-Range), Shota @ Rustaveli Boutique Hotel (Luxury) & Princely Family House (Airbnb)
For longer-term stays in Tbilisi, consider the alternative area of Marjanshvili or the more local area of Vera. These are some top accommodation choices:
Marjanshvili: Sky Guest House (Budget), Fabrika Hostel & Suites (Mid-Range), Tiflis Inn Boutique Hotel (Luxury) & Sunny Loft Near the River (Airbnb)
Vera: M42 Hostel (Budget), Lowell Hotel (Mid-Range), Stamba Hotel (Luxury) & Cosy Shell Apartment (Airbnb)
Where to Stay in Tbilisi Old Town
The Old Town is one of the most popular places to stay in Tbilisi, particularly if only travelling to the city for a couple of days. It allows you to be close to a lot of the major tourist attractions such as the Sulphur Baths, Botanical Gardens & Narikala Fortress as well being within walking distance of many of the other areas included in this article.
While there are more ‘touristy’ shops and restaurants in this area with prices higher compared to more local areas, there are still plenty of affordable options if you’re willing to explore.
If you’re short on time while visiting the Georgian capital, the Old Town is where to stay in Tbilisi in order to maximise what you see and do during your trip.
Best Hotels in Tbilisi Old Town
Guest House Rampa – One of the best places to stay in Tbilisi Old Town if you’re looking for a private room in a budget guest house. There are shared kitchen facilities available, fast internet and it is located right next to the Sulphur Baths. Click here to check availability
Old Side Boutique Hotel – If you’re looking for a bit of comfort during your stay in Tbilisi Old Town, then this hotel is worth considering. They offer a range of air-conditioned rooms with modern amenities and there is a daily breakfast included in the nightly rate. Click here to check availability
Hotel Flower – This hotel is a great option if you prefer a bit more luxury during your time in Tbilisi Old Town. With some rooms even coming with their own hot tub and fantastic views of the city, this is a great place if your Georgia trip budget allows it. Breakfast is also included daily. Click here to check availability
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Best Airbnbs in Tbilisi Old Town
Elegant house in Tbilisi Old Town – Located right in central Tbilisi next to Liberty Square, this entire house is perfect for a couple or small family with its vintage decor and elegent design.
Loft Apartment – One of the few Airbnb Plus properties available in Tbilisi, this loft apartment is beautifully furnished with everything you need or a comfortable stay in the city.
Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse other Airbnbs in Tbilisi Old Town!
Best Hostels in Tbilisi Old Town
Pushkin 10 Hostel – One of the top-rated hostels in Tbilisi, they have a range of dormitories with modern features such as curtains, private powerpoints and reading lights. There is also a large common room, kitchen facilities and daily breakfast. Click here to check availability
Envoy Hostel – Another good hostel option in Tbilisi Old Town, one of their main selling points is the large rooftop terrace that provides fantastic views of the city. They also have a branch in Yerevan and organise various day trips around Georgia and longer trips to Armenia. Click here to check availability
Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse other hostels!
Where to Stay in Rustaveli
Rustaveli Avenue is the main street in Tbilisi connecting Liberty Square with the rest of the city. Along Rustaveli Avenue, you will find many points of interesting including the Georgian Parliament, Opera Theatre & National Museum.
Staying along Rustaveli or just off it is the perfect location if you plan to do a bit of shopping during your time in the Georgian capital while still wanting to be close to other areas such as Tbilisi Old Town or if you want to walk across the Mtkvari River to Marjanshvili or Avlabari.
Best Hotels in Rustaveli
Ornament Hotel – A good mid-range option located on a quiet street parallel to Rustaveli Avenue. They offer a range of private rooms suitable for couples and families with daily breakfast, fast internet and friendly staff. Click here to check availability
Shota @ Rustaveli Boutique Hotel – A lovely 4-star hotel option located just off Rustaveli Avenue near Liberty Square. They offer a range of large rooms, primarily suitable for solo travellers and couples. There is a restaurant on-site and guests also have access to a swimming pool and sauna. It is possible to include breakfast in the daily rate. Click here to check availability
The Biltmore Hotel – If budget is not a consideration, then this luxury 5-star option is considered one of the best places to stay in Tbilisi. There are a range of luxurious options to choose from with all the amenities you would expect from such an establishment. Click here to check availability
Best Airbnbs in Rustaveli
Princely Family House – Located right on Rustaveli Avenue, this apartment is fitted with classic furnishings and everything you need for a comfortable stay.
KuXoS Studio Apartment – Located a few minutes away from Rusaveli Avenue on a parallel street, this studio apartment is modern with secure access and a small kitchen if you want to cook at home.
Best Hostels in Rustaveli
Marco Polo Hostel – One of the top-rated hostels in Tbilisi, it is located in the middle of Rustaveli Avenue near the Opera House. They offer both dorms and private rooms in a newly renovated building with guests having access to a kitchen and common room. Breakfast is included daily. Click here to check availability
Moosica Hostel – Also located on a quiet street near the Opera House, this hostel offers private and dorm rooms. There is an on-site bar if you’re looking to socialise with other guests. Click here to check availability
Where to Stay in Marjanshvili
The area of Marjanshvili is located across the river from Rustaveli avenue and is becoming an increasingly popular place to stay in Tbilisi. Considered the ‘alternative’ area of Tbilisi, there are a number of restaurants and bars as well as some of the most prominent street art that you will find in Tbilisi.
There is also a metro stop on this side of the river making it easy to get around and depending on where you stay, it’s still possible to walk to the Old Town and the other major tourist attractions.
Best Hotels in Marjanshvili
Sky Guest House – If you’re looking for some traditional Georgian hospitality during your stay in Tbilisi, then this is a great option. They offer basic rooms that are ideal if you’re on a tight budget with complimentary coffee and tea available throughout the day. Click here to check availability
Tiflis Inn Boutique Hotel – Offering uniquely designed rooms, this hotel is a good option for budget travellers who want to stay in an interesting place in Tbilisi. They offer private rooms suitable for couples or families with breakfast included in the daily price. Click here to check availability
g.Vino Boutique Hotel – Another interesting hotel located in Marjanshvili, their rooms and lobby are wine-themed! They have a range of private rooms with the option to include breakfast. There is also a terrace for guests to enjoy. Click here to check availability
Best Airbnbs in Marjanshvili
Sunny Loft Near the River – Located close to Tbilisi’s famous Dry Bridge Market, this Airbnb Plus is perfect for guests looking for a luxurious stay in Marjansvhili. It can accommodate up to 4 people and has all the expected furnishings.
City Center Apartment with Balcony – Located close to Marjanshvili Metro station, this one-bedroom apartment has a convertible sofa so can sleep up to 4 people. It’s located in a traditional building but is recently renovated ensuring you will have a comfortable stay.
Best Hostels in Marjanshvili
Fabrika Hostel & Suites – This hostel is a lot more than just a hostel, with both guests and non-guests able to enjoy the number of restaurants and bars in the precinct as well as the various events that are organised here. There are a large number of different dormitories as well as private rooms to choose from. This is undoubtedly one of the most popular places to stay in Tbilisi! Click here to check availability
Where to Stay in Vera
From a tourist perspective, the areas of Vera & Rustaveli are somewhat blurred, however, Vera is typically referred to as the area north towards Vera Park and west of Rustaveli Metro. There aren’t a lot of tourist attractions in this area of Tbilisi apart from the funicular that takes you up to Mtsaminda Park, however, you will find plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars to enjoy.
Being close to Rustaveli metro will mean you are well connected to the rest of Tbilisi however you will need to be prepared to walk a bit further if you would like to go to Tbilisi Old Town.
Best Hotels in Vera
Lowell Hotel – One of the best places to stay in Vera if you’re looking for a budget hotel. They offer a range of private rooms suitable for singles, couples or families with breakfast included in the daily rate and only a few minutes walk to Rustaveli metro. Click here to check availability
Rooms Hotel – This is a good option if you want to visit Tbilisi and stay in a modern 4-star hotel. Guests have access to a range of facilities including a gym and restaurant and bar on site. There is the option to include breakfast in the daily rate. Click here to check their availability
Stamba Hotel – One of the most luxurious hotels in Tbilisi, this 5-star establishment is one to consider if budget isn’t an issue. All rooms are fitted with modern and comfortable amenities with an original and unique design. Buffet breakfast is also available. Click here to check their availability
Best Airbnbs in Vera
Cosy Shell Apartment – Located in the heart of Vera, this one-bedroom apartment is perfect for couples looking for a comfortable stay in a local area. The hosts also provide a wealth of information to help you with your stay in Tbilisi.
Two-storey House with Balcony – Located about five minutes from Rustaveli Avenue, this house is in a traditional Italian-style courtyard. Aside from being completely furnished, one of the perks of staying here is the lovely balcony located off the bedroom.
Best Hostels in Vera
M42 Hostel – This small hostel is a great option if you’re wondering where to stay in Tbilisi on a budget. They offer both dorms and private rooms and is located in the heart of Vera close to the funicular that will take you up to Mtasminda. This is even a great escape room on site! Click here to check availability
Where to Stay in Vake
The area of Vake is not typically where tourists stay if only visiting Tbilisi for a couple of days. However, it’s a popular area of Tbilisi for longer stays as well as for expats that move to Tbilisi.
If staying in Vake, you’ll need to be prepared to take public transit to get to the more central areas of Tbilisi. There are, however, plenty of restaurants and cafes here, and you are also close to Vake Park which is one of the largest green spaces in Tbilisi.
Best Hotels in Vake
Mais Guest House – A small guest house located in Vake offering a few different budget private rooms. There is a balcony area of guests to enjoy and you are close to all the main shops and eateries of Vake. Click here to check availability
Irmisa Hotel Tbilisi – Another small budget hotel offering guests private rooms in the heart of Vake. A hearty breakfast is included in the daily price and guests have access to a shared lounge area. Click here to check availability
Hotel Atlas Abashidze – One of the more premium options in Vake, this 4-star hotel offers a range of private rooms suitable for singles, couples or families. Breakfast is included daily. Click here to check availability
Best Airbnbs in Vake
Designer Loft – Located in a modern building with a concierge, this luxury apartment is designed in a vintage style with modern appliances and furniture. There is also a sunny balcony with a dining setting – perfect for summer evenings in Tbilisi!
Travelers Home – Another Airbnb Plus apartment, this house in the centre of Vake is modern, open-plan and also has a balcony offering lovely views of Tbilisi.
Best Hostels in Vake
Budget Hostel Zodiac – One of the few hostel options in Vake, this place also has private rooms. There is a shared kitchen and common room for guests to enjoy and friendly staff to help you plan your trip in Tbilisi. Click here to check availability
Where to Stay in Avlabari
The area of Avlabari is located south of Marjanshvili and is still considered part of Tbilisi Old Town. However, it is located on the other side of the river so is a bit further away from the main tourist attractions and the area that tourists typically consider to be the Old Town.
This is a more local area of Tbilisi so you will find cheaper places to eat and it is quite interesting to wander the streets here. There are some tourists sites of interest here as well including the Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Best Hotels in Avlabari
Hotel Nika7 – A good option if you’re looking for a budget guesthouse in Tbilisi. They have a few different types of private rooms available with a shared kitchen, terrace and garden area as well as daily breakfast included in the price. Click here to check availability
Hotel Four Brothers – A budget hotel located close to the river in Avlabari meaning you are still within walking distance of the main tourist attractions in Tbilisi. They have a few different types of private rooms available with the option to include breakfast. Click here to check availability
Vinotel Boutique Hotel – If you want to immerse yourself in wine culture during your stay in Tbilisi then this might be the hotel for you! There is a wine cellar on-site and the hotel can organise wine tastings for you. Rooms are classically decorated and there is a restaurant on site. Click here to check availability
Best Hostels in Avlabari
Oni Hostel – A small hostel located in Avlabari, they have offer both dormitories and private rooms with friendly hosts and a superb breakfast included. This is a great option if visiting Tbilisi on a backpacker budget! Click here to check availability
There are no shortage of great areas or places to stay in Tbilisi for any budget that will ensure you have a memorable trip to the Georgian capital.
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