Rooms Hotel, Tbilisi, Georgia

Rooms Hotel, Tbilisi, Georgia

Basking in the success of his magnificent Caucasus mountainside retreat, for entrepreneur Temur Ugulava, launching the second of his Rooms Hotel series, was a no-brainer. This time located within the urban realms of Tbilisi, the new property occupies an industrial Soviet-era publishing house- a nostalgic remnant of Vera, the intellectual neighbourhood it inhabits. Reshaped by hip, local architecture firm Adjara Arch group, the façade has been clad in reclaimed wood, giving the post-industrial window frames – signature to the city – an appropriate update, while a new glass-walled atrium-like extension establishes a modern tract that allows light to flood into the interior. Set over eight floors, the 140-room property is a combination of Ugulava’s 1930s New York vision and old-world Tbilisi charm, featuring rich leathers, local artwork and vintage Georgian pieces. The Kitchen is a communal affair that serves a weekly-changing American menu, while the Bar Room –open till late – offers handcrafted cocktails from some of the city’s best mixologists.