Ozone Hotel prides itself on having the cheapest rooms in Gudauri for a hotel of its quality. With double room prices ranging from $70-$110 throughout the season including breakfast and dinner, this claim is arguable, but there are other factors which make the hotel more interesting.
The lobby is a big lounge with couches and a bar, perfect to exchange ski stories with other guests. Occasionally throughout the season they host traditional Georgian dance shows and dance masterclasses, so if you’re lucky you’ll arrive on one of those weekends.
The hotel rooms are extremely basic and include essentially nothing more than beds, pillows, and blankets. If you’re skiing all day and drinking chacha all evening, that’s all you’ll need, though. Some bathrooms are in the hallways and are shared between a couple of rooms and others are located inside of the room. Nice spiral staircases lead up to the top floors, which look beautiful until you try to carry all of your luggage up them. Luckily, the hotel employees will help with that. The hotel is located about 1km from the lowest lift, but they arrange a free transfer for guests at 10am every day. It’s downhill from the ski resort, so it is possible to ski all the way back.
New guests will have no trouble finding the hotel at night due to the flashy neon sign which seems to have absolutely no place in a ski village. It must have been a good deal on ebay, or something.
Once inside, the atmosphere changes. The rustic wooden interior feels much more fitting for a ski town. The receptionist appeared very gruff when I first walked in, but soon warmed up to me and became quite cheerful, insisting that I drink more and more wine with him. He didn’t speak much English but some of the other employees know a bit more. He really seemed to care about giving new guests a good impression of Georgia, and often greets foreigners with chacha and cognac tastings before check in. Just before I left, a hotel guest gave the receptionist a bottle of liquor as a present, which, in Georgia, is definitely a sign that he’s doing something right!