Gudauri’s first hostel designed by riders for riders, Dacha Hostel always has a laid-back and comfortable atmosphere.
The owner – an avid snowboarder, backcountry guide, and traveler with the longest dreadlocks in Gudauri – came to Georgia several years ago and never left. He’s always happy to share knowledge of backcountry routes and snow conditions over the included breakfast or dinner, which, by the way, is prepared by a local Georgian cook. Vegetarian options are so good that even meat-eaters sometimes ask for them, so everybody will be satisfied with the food.
Located a ten minute walk from the lowest ski lift, it’s easy enough to get to the slopes in the morning. In the spring when the snow on the lowest runs begins to melt, a transfer is always arranged to take guests to a higher lift with guaranteed snow. For $35/night at the peak of the season, Dacha appears a bit pricey, but this investment easily pays itself off with the quality of food, company, and atmosphere. The staff and guests have a tradition of building a small terrain park in front of the hostel, which is a huge perk for park riders in a ski area which has no jumps.
The fact that the hostel is almost always full, and the number of repeat customers, attests to the quality of Dacha Hostel.