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“Get Out ther and strut”
Review of Batumi Boulevard

Batumi Boulevard
Ranked #1 of 81 things to do in Batumi
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 4, 2012

Batumi's Boulevard is the place to be seen on hot summer days as well as into the cool of evening. There is plenty to do and see there, from bike riding to drinking cocktails on the beach. It seems to always be bustling with happy holiday makers and it will definitely put you into the summer frame of mind if nothing else about this town has done so yet. There are loads of places to sit and watch the view, buy snacks, take pictures, go swimming, sit down and have a meal and just generally watch the world go by.

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Reviewed August 26, 2012

Our experiences from Holidays in Batumi - August 2012 / 1 week

Expectations:

- exotic holidays for a couple, with friendly people, lot of fun, relax, sun, good restaurants
- we have seen mostly everything so we wanted to explore some new destination, which shall be Batumi.
It is thru - we were partially blended by great marketing of Batumi/Georgia in Polish TV / books etc


What we got:

1) Weather - nobody says before and You will not find it in anykind of travel guide - the weather in Batumi in August can be a completely deasaster. And it was in our case. from 7 days we had 1,5 day of sun. In the rest of time it was raining, what makes anykind of activities practically impossible. The same situation was 1 week before us.

Why it is like this? Because in the closest neighbourhood to the coast there are mountains over 2000 m high. So Batumi is located on the east coast of black sea, with most western and south western wind. That causes that the clouds are blocked by the Batumi mountains and are cumulated there for days.

2) People - we read that there are very friendly and open people beying happy to meet the visitors. Unfortunatelly we didn't meet them. Our experience was that the georgian people are very closed, they are not used to deal with foreigners, and they generally don't like them. They accept polish people because of help in war against russians, but that is all. Don't expect much especially not the hospitality.

3) Food/restaurants - the main traditional dishes are dumplings and baked bread with chease and eggs. In Batumi there are not many restaturants and especially not so much local restaurants.

The georgian people mentality is not a service mentality, so be prepared that ordering a food will take 45 min to 1 hour, or that You receive somethings else then ordered. english is very seldom spoken and understood so mostly the communication can be done in russian.

We have not visit all restaurants but our range is as follow:

1) Grill bar - turkish restaurant
2) Ukrainochka
3) Local one in center of Batumi - we forgot the name

4) Hotels - We have been in Sheraton, which is generally ok, but also nothing special for 5 stars. There is also Radisson, but we havent been there. I will not recommend to stay somwhere else.

5) Nightlife - Generally there are a couple of places to go out. Especially the night clubs on the boulevards made us a big hope (Soho and Sector 26). Soho is a club where the security guys are the most important, strange people You will not fill comfortable there. Very expensive drinks, which You can got in sheraton for half of this price. They offer You also a reservation fee for a table of app. 100 EUR which You can use later for drinks. I think that was only offer for foreigners. So we have been there once.

What we can recommend is Nightclub of Sheraton, which starts to be interesting about 1 am.

There is also a vox club which should be ok - but we havent been there

6) Traffic - don't drive a car there. Especially not outside of the city. There are free cows running on the street, which You will not see during heavy raining.

Also it is not easy to be a pedestrian there - the cars will for sure not stop before zebra

7) What we can recommend - for sure the dolphinarium. You can swim with doplphins app. 20 min, for 75 EUR. The people there are profesionall, funny and very friendly. Also the shows are very good

comparision on the scala of 0-10 (stay in 5 star hotel):

1. Thailand 10
2. Turkey 7-8
..Georgia 2

So - there are better places to spend holidays then Batumi.

12  Thank Chrison809
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

pros: lots of exotic plants, place for picnic.
cons: needs more comfort options, restaurants, fun activities,

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Reviewed August 21, 2012

very good and modern Boulevard, with several kind of trees and greens, beautiful park, tennis pitch, table tennis and other funny staff, the best Hot Dogs right front of the hotel Intourist Palace, clean and really good place for walking and briefing fresh air

3  Thank Keresa
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

Batumi boulevard is great, almost as great experience as Nice, France... Enjoy the rental-bike or inline-skates ride, settle down for a bit of sun at the pebbly beach and don't forget to have a drink in on of the bars... But expect it to be about 5 times more expensive than off the boulevard :).

1  Thank Zuzana N
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