The highly acclaimed Truso Hotel is most famous for its restaurant. Though single, double, and triple rooms located 500 meters from the slopes range from $100-$150 per night during the winter, the included breakfast buffet is often proclaimed to be priceless.
Serving a large variety of traditional Georgian food, the restaurant’s lunch and dinner prices range from 10-25 GEL (roughly $4-$10) for main dishes, with a small discount for hotel guests. There is also an outdoor patio with a grill for barbecues on nice days.
The rooms are small and basic, lacking in decoration but all of the necessities are there. The one perk that Truso’s rooms offer over other hotels is a reading light above each bed. There’s no need to spend all of your time locked in your room, though, thanks to the communal balcony and bar/restaurant. Hotel guests came off as quite friendly and willing to meet each other, which is promoted by the communal vibe given off by the staff.
When asked what makes Truso different from other hotels, the receptionist replied, “by the time they leave, I’ve become friends with almost all of the guests.” This encourages a lot of returning customers, mainly from Russia and Ukraine, but the Western European cohort is growing each year.
Truso also offers a few services to guests, including a ski depot and a sauna. Though the sauna comes at an extra cost (50 GEL for 4 people), it’s definitely worth it after a full day of skiing. Just adjacent to the sauna is a trapdoor-style ice bath – a must for the full sauna experience. Due to its low elevation, serious skiers may want to consider a hotel higher up on the slopes from mid-March onwards.