It's actually ten months since I stayed at this hotel but I was recently reminiscing about the best places I have stayed and I have such fond memories of SKAdaVELI that I thought I should write a review. The only bad thing about this place is that I'm horribly envious of the owner who has such a great sense of style that I can't hope to replicate it.
We stayed here for three nights at the end of a two month trip to Turkey, and we fell in love with Tbilisi which surprised us with its quirky prettiness. Despite seeing warnings in TripAdvisor about the dilapidated exterior of the building, I was still pretty shocked when the taxi drew up. However as soon we got inside I just loved it. We had a huge double room with a very comfortable bed, which was set onto a long, wide balcony overlooking a kind of courtyard area. It just had so much character. We couldn't get the ensuite room as it was already booked but the bathroom just at the end of the balcony was modern and absolutely spotless, with plenty of hot water.
The most enjoyable aspect of staying here is the relaxed atmosphere. The owner is so friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. This kindness extended to him lending us a book about the local architecture; offering us espressos and wine (just because he happened to be drinking some and asked us to join him); and (mortifyingly) hanging out my fiance's holey boxer shorts on the washing line after the machine finished when we were out. (The machine is located in the kitchen and there is an honesty box where you put your nominal fee). All this seemed rather above and beyond what's required of a good hotel owner.
The location of SKAdaVELI is great, right amongst beautiful cobbled old streets and close to good places to eat. The area is a bit rough around the edges (i.e. safe but just a bit dishevelled), but that genuinely just adds to the charm. (Really. And I'm normally sceptical of statements like that).
We had a great time and would love to go back.
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