The FINANCIAL — Spending the summer in one of the small towns near Tbilisi costs much less than visiting the seaside. Prices for summer cottages in Tskneti, Mtskheta, Kojori, Kiketi and Saguramo for the whole season begin from 1,000 USD. As for hotels, prices range from 100 GEL to 300 GEL per day.
Small towns near Tbilisi such as Mtskheta, Saguramo, Kojori, Kiketi, Manglisi and Tsavkisi are popular holiday spots in Georgia. They are situated at a distance of several kilometres from Tbilisi. Because of their fresh air and cool weather these towns are very attractive in the hot summer. According to the Tourism Department of Georgia, the main visitors of those towns are Georgian people.
According to Giorgi Barvenashvili, head of the real estate agency, summer cottages in the small towns near Tbilisi are very popular. To rent a house there for a season costs on average 1,000 USD.
“The most popular of the small towns are Tskneti, Mtskheta, Kojori, Kiketi and Saguramo. Prices for summer cottages for the whole season in Tskneti and Mtskheta begin from 1,000 USD. It is more expensive to stay in Kojori and Kiketi, prices there begin from 1,200 USD. The most expensive small town is Saguramo. To rent a summer cottage there costs from 1,500 USD. It must be underlined that the prices in such towns have risen by 20% relative to the last few years, but the request for summer cottages is very high,” said Giorgi Barvenashvili, head of the real estate agency Gora Group.
Another way to spend the summer in those small towns is to stay in hotels.
Tskneti Kopala is one such hotel located in a health-resort zone, 15 minutes from Tbilisi by car and is another good place to holiday.
“Guests at our hotel can get high standard security guarantees, they can also experience inimitable Georgian evenings at the restaurant, with European and Georgian dishes and make use of our high quality services. The combination of bowling, billiards, entertainment machines, swimming pool, gym, solarium, sauna, sport café, restaurant and mini cinema all in one hotel gives people a unique chance for relaxation. As for the prices, it costs from 35 EUR to 65 EUR per day. Our hotel always has many guests in the summer, but most of the visitors are Georgian people. On average only 2 tourists come to Kopala a week,” Alex Midelauri, Manager of hotel Kopala in Tskneti said in his interview with The FINANCIAL.
Countryside is another convenient hotel, situated 9 kilometres from Tbilisi in Tsavkisi. A wonderful view over Tbilisi, fresh air and quiet atmosphere gives guests the perfect chance to enjoy themselves and appreciate the area.
This is a hotel complex which includes a hotel, restaurant and night club. At the hotel the following is available: air conditioning, central heating, telephone (free local calls), free internet, mini bar, in-room safe deposit box, satellite TV and shower. As for the prices, a single room costs 100 GEL, double room – 140-150 GEL, de luxe – 140 GEL, duplex – 200 GEL, luxe – 180 GEL, and apartment – 300 GEL. There are also 2 conference halls in the hotel.
According to data of the Tourism Department of Georgia, Georgians are the principle visitors to those towns.
“Small towns near Tbilisi such as Tskneti, Manglisi, Kiketi and Saguramo aren’t very popular with tourists. Their main visitors are Georgian people because it’s convenient for them to holiday near the capital, where there is a better climate and fresh air. I think that Tskneti and Manglisi will never be attractive to foreign tourists in the same way as Kazbegi, Tusheti and Batumi are. But we have a new project concerning Mtskheta involving its reconstruction; we are improving the level of service there in order to make this city more attractive for tourists,” said Vakhtang Asatashvili, Deputy Head of the Department of Tourism in Georgia.