Gudauri’s first hotel has been catering to luxury tourists and families for 28 years. Though Marco Polo’s exterior is nothing to impress, its interior features a beautiful modern design packed full of fun activities for the family.
In a town severely lacking in evening activities, Marco Polo is the go-to hotel for those looking for some excitement and willing to pay the price. Featuring 123 rooms ranging from $160 to $1,250 per night during the ski season, Marco Polo can accommodate any size of group. Its slopeside location is perfect for skiers, though due to its low elevation, the slope outside of Marco Polo is the first to melt in the Spring. Therefore, skiers visiting after mid-March may want to consider a hotel at higher elevation.
Though the rooms are nothing more than would be expected from a 4-star hotel, what makes Marco Polo really stand out is the range of extra services offered. Access to the swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, and fitness room is included in the price, as well as a high quality breakfast buffet. The only downside of the sauna is that the hotel staff are quite strict about separating men and women, so a family cannot go in the same sauna together.
Two indoor tennis courts, ping pong tables, billiards, a 4-lane bowling alley, air hockey, table football, xboxes, and massages are all available for an extra fee. The hotel also has its own ski rental and tuning shop, currency exchange, and a small jewelry shop selling local, handmade crafts.
For families, one of the biggest perks is the kid’s club, where free babysitting (EN/RU/GE) is offered from 10am-7pm so that parents can enjoy the slopes in peace.