Kutaisi, the second-largest city in Georgia, is getting quite popular among travelers who fly with Wizz Air or Ryanair from various European countries. Therefore, if you are looking for a budget-friendly, clean, and centrally located accommodation, Black Tomato Hostel is exactly this, and here’s my detailed review of why you should stay there too.
Disclaimer: I was a guest of the property, but all opinions are, as always, my own.
Why Black Tomato Hostel Kutaisi?
There are many reasons why, but first of all, the Black Tomato Hostel chain is a project of two Georgian girls (#bossbabes! :) ), so supporting young entrepreneurship and women in business is absolutely a marvelous thing to do. Secondly, the atmosphere is super friendly, starting from the reception ending with the travelers. Thirdly, the property’s design is minimalist yet quite elegant and vintage with a mixture of pastel colors, second-hand decor items, and remodeled furniture. And lastly, it’s one of the top-rated among Kutaisi hostels on Booking.com with a 9.4 score based on the customer reviews.
Additionally, I found a couple of signs in the kitchen that I found absolutely hilarious. This adds charm to the hostel and says a lot about the management. In one of their interviews, I once read that the management aims to integrate five components to their customers: moderate prices, high-quality service, awesome location, and pleasant interior. So, I’ll talk and show all of those aspects separately.
Location of Black Tomato Kutaisi
The hostel is situated in Kutaisi’s very center, right behind the second branch of McDonald’s at the Colchis Fountain square at Merab Kostava street. You can easily get to this point from Kutaisi bus station by circuit bus or marshrutka, both number 1. From the square, it’s only 10 minutes walk to get to the hostel.
Because of this central location, you can easily walk to Bagrati Cathedral, get to the transport departing to Gelati Monastery and Tskaltubo resort town. You can walk to the historical part of Kutaisi, visit the History Museum, relax at its green spaces, and walk through the Mon-Plaisir Arch, to name just a few.
You can read all about Kutaisi sightseeing in my ultimate guide to Kutaisi
And once you get hungry, there’s plenty of cafes and restaurants in the vicinity, or go grocery shopping to cook for yourself in the shared kitchen.
Rooms at Black Tomato Hostel
What today is a hostel, it used to be a two-story ordinary Imeretian house with a small courtyard. The hostel is on the second floor, while the wine bar is on the first. During the high season, I was told that the wine bar and their courtyard gets packed with travelers and other visitors of Kutaisi, making it a bustling place to spend your evening.
Black Tomato Hostel has two mixed dorm rooms, three private rooms, and three shared clean bathrooms with a shower. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning.
The dorms come in 6 and 8 bed mixed rooms with specious lockers locked with a key, a hanger to hang a coat or pretty much anything, and a chair. Each bed in the dorm has a plug, reading light, and most of them have a curtain for privacy.
The price for one bed in the dorm ranges between 20-30 GEL ($8-11) per person
As I mentioned above, the hostel has three private rooms equipped with an armchair, wardrobe/hanger, and nightstands. All of them are of average size, enough for a single or couple traveler.
Out of those three, only one room has a private bathroom. The rest uses shared bathrooms.
Prices for private rooms range between 90-130GEL ($33-47) depending on the room and single or double use.
Interior of Black Tomato Hostel Kutaisi
You feel the vintage soul of the hostel the moment you step inside. But then, you get quite surprised to see simple and elegant elements incorporated in its design. Here, you can find a second-hand vinyl player, old TV, dial phone, and a huge radio, to name just a few.
What I loved the most in the interior was the pop of colors: blue doors, yellow armchairs, and a touch of red, all of which are the brand colors of the hostel. But why the owners chose those colors if the name of the hostel is Black Tomato? Because the combination of blue, red, and yellow makes up black. Creative, right?
Service at Black Tomato Hostel Kutaisi
The hostel has amicable staff eager to advise on places to go and see in and around Kutaisi. They are quite attentive and helpful, even join the conversation or play drinking and board games with you!
Additional services that the hostel offers are:
- Breakfast for 10 GEL, which includes eggs, a piece of Imeretian Khachapuri (pizza-like cheese pie) backed in a vintage oven, and a bowl of salad.
- Laundry services for 5 GEL
- Airport transfer 25 GEL
- FREE Wifi
And if you wish to tour around Kutaisi, they collaborate with a tour agency offering various packages, so ask the reception.
What else is there in Black Tomato Kutaisi
You can enjoy a good read or work from their common space with comfortable sofas and armchairs.
Cook dinner at the shared kitchen and start a conversation with other travelers, or sip a coffee in the morning on the balcony enjoying the first rays of the sun.
Play board games with fellow guests or go downstairs in the evening to the wine bar and try traditional and regional Georgian wines.
Prepare for the trip
To ease your travel planning, check out all the posts about Georgia travel. Additionally, here are some of the websites and services I use when preparing for my next adventure anywhere in the world.
- Book affordable flights on Skyscanner, a platform that shows the best routes and flight deals to your destination. There’s a money-back guarantee if you miss the flight!
- Check iVisa to see if you need a tourist visa to visit Georgia, how to apply online if applicable, or where’s the nearest embassy or consulate
- Find budget-friendly deals on all sorts of accommodation types on Booking and Agoda, or find a cool apartment on Airbnb!
- Pre-book a private car transfer from Tbilisi Airport to your hotel
- Buy the most flexible and budget-friendly travel insurance, SafetyWing, to cover all sorts of health problems on the road
- Book in advance some of the best city walks, cultural experiences, and day tours to maximize your stay and experience here