Gudauri Hut Hotel welcomes guests with a fun vibe and traditional Georgian wine and chacha made onsite. Though Pirveli ski lift is a ten minute walk away, this hotel is most frequented by backcountry ski groups who aren’t skiing in the resort anyways.
As you walk up the stairs to your room, you’ll notice one of the walls has been turned into a small indoor climbing wall – mainly for decoration but everyone has to try climbing it at least once! Rooms range from about $70-$200 per night, most of which feature spacious balconies with a nice unfinished wooden style. Breakfast and dinner buffets are included, with a variety of meat and vegetarian options.
The best thing about Gudauri Hut Hotel is the variety of communal spaces. From the sauna to the climbing wall to the ping pong table to the bar to the wine cellar, there are tons of places to meet other skiers, make new friends, and exchange information about your ski routes.
The wine cellar is something especially unique to this hotel. It’s a beautiful wooden room in the basement with a few barrels of wine and a nice fireplace for a cozy barbecue. The hotel staff make their own wine and chacha which is served in the wine room and sold at the bar. They have a hot pepper chacha which is a must-try for anybody visiting Georgia. The bar is open all night during the ski season and includes lots of comfy couches, a big TV with more than five channels (a rarity in Gudauri), a fish tank, and occasional live Georgian music.
For anybody who wants the privacy of a hotel room but the communal aspect of a hostel, this is the place for you.