We came across Hotel Gutsa by chance... was walking by and saw the "hotel" sign. So we decided to check out the place. We were not happy at where we were staying so went back the next day to pre-booked the rest of our stay in Tbilisi at Hotel Gutsa.
We really enjoyed staying at Hotel Gutsa because of its quaint atmosphere and 1/2 block from Rustavelli station. Alla's work of art is all over the place! Each room is decorated differently with her painting and its own private bathroom. Breakfast was very simple (boiled eggs, smetlana, jam, processed cheese, bread, tea/coffee.) Alla is very nice - each time we come home, she greeted us with a smile and "chai?". Her English was not very good but between her English and my not-so-good French plus sign language, we were able to communicate. She was also able to arrange a taxi for us at 3am for 25 lari.
Her son and his family (who now live in France) were there so that helped a bit. Daughter-in-law Nina spoke English.
Another tourist who spoke English and Georgian/Russian was able to translate for me. That Alla bought the hotel in 1994. It was an apartment hotel during the Soviet times, built 150 years ago by an Azerbaijani oil mogul. He fell in love with his friend's daughter. Unfortunately, she passed away and he died a few years later. I believe there's a street named after her behind the hotel but I'm not too sure on this.
I recommend this place to you.... because I will definitely stay here again!
Alla and family: if you are reading this, THANK YOU / MADLOBA for your kindness. I hope to see you in Tbilisi again!
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