Hotel Carpe Diem is one of Gudauri’s biggest and most expensive hotels, but with the price comes quality.
A large comfy lounge and friendly receptionist greet guests after they pass through the entryway containing one of Gudauri’s few ATM machines. Double rooms come at $170-$200 per night during the high season, but along with this price is included a wonderful breakfast and dinner. Food served mostly consists of Western European dishes, making this a good place for those who want to give Georgian cuisine a try but mainly stick with food that they’re comfortable with.
Rooms are clean, well decorated with a wooden style very common in Gudauri, and include a fridge with a mini bar. Double rooms can be connected together to make a family room, and room sizes range all the way up to the premier suite with 2 king beds and a warm den with a cozy library feel.
A ski rental shop, in-house ski instructors, and a free sauna are all available to guests. A cinema room plays Russian and English movies regularly, and movie suggestions can be given to the front desk staff. The bar is open every night during the winter and has special events on holidays with DJs or live music.
The location of the hotel is also quite nice, connected to the slope by a short ski trail which makes it easy to access both Pirveli and Soliko lifts, great for beginners and advanced skiers alike. The only downside of the ski trail is that it melts quickly in the spring, leaving a muddy swamp to cross between the hotel and the ski slope.