Finding accommodation for your next trip can be quite exhausting. You need to check out sites, read the reviews, and then decide which one you’d like to stay. And if you’re planning a trip to Tbilisi, you don’t need to look further – Fabrika Tbilisi Hostel is the most relaxed budget-friendly hostel I have stayed in so far.
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Fabrika Tbilisi History
There are hundreds of hostels in Tbilisi, but what distinguishes Fabrika from others is its vibe. Located at 8 Egnate Ninoshvili street, a couple of blocks away from subway stop Marjanishvili, the hostel used to be a sewing factory producing women’s clothes in Soviet Georgia.
Disclaimer: I was a guest of the property, but all opinions are, as always, my own.
After the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1990, the factory, as most of the industrial buildings across the city and the country in general, was shuttered and abandoned. Today, Fabrika is a multifunctional creative space encompassing hostel and suites. Opened a year ago, in July 2016, it quickly gained popularity among the hipster crowd of local youth and travelers visiting Tbilisi.
Fabrika Tbilisi is all about promoting creativity and fresh ideas. You can quickly notice this from its exterior. Different colorful art mural adorns the gray walls of the old factory. While the interior perfectly combines modern and old furniture.
Here everything is almost untouched. There were a couple of fixes during the renovation period, but the architects left the building as it is. Even the reception desk is a repurposed some kind of machine found in the venue during the restoration. Old black and white photos showing the sewing factory’s life are perfect add-ons to the modern design.
This contemporary space has everything a traveler can imagine – a cafe, live music performances, different food courts, buzzing nightlife, local artisan shops, co-working space, conference halls, and a barbershop, to name just a few.
Fabrika Tbilisi Rooms
Fabrika has 98 rooms suitable for any budget. Here you can stay in dorms, twin private with bunk beds, private rooms with single and double beds, and an apartment-style suite with a private terrace.
I stayed in twin private with a bunk bed – perfect for two people. The room is painted in a neutral color, and the simplicity of the design creates the illusion that the room is quite big. The bed was very comfortable, as well!
I liked the room’s small details – industrial sockets, lamps, a table and charges, and a narrow shelf near the bed.
The bathroom has all the necessary toiletries like shower gel and soap. There even was a hairdryer. If needed, there are single-use toiletries sold at the reception if you forgot something. The price is reasonable, as well.
While I was working in my room during my stay in Fabrika Tbilisi, it was so quiet that I had a feeling I was the only one in the entire building!
Fabrika Tbilisi Bar & Lounge
This is where you step in when you enter the venue. Organic plants, colorful vintage, and modern furniture adorn the polished concrete walls of the building. A high ceiling with big windows to the floor brings natural light into the room.
Comfortable sofas, armchairs, and even hammocks await for you to sit, relax, sip a beverage from its cafe, have lunch and enjoy your stay both in Tbilisi and in Fabrika. You can even bring your laptop and catch up on your work. It’s usually tranquil even though the space is open to the public, and there’s always someone sitting somewhere.
Fabrika Restaurants & Courtyard
An enormous paved courtyard features different food vendors, various shops, and a co-working space. Here, you’ll meet local entrepreneurs who bring a creative vibe and atmosphere to the complex.
These are the following Fabrika restaurants:
- Pipes Burger Joint – tasty burgers
- Moulin Electrique – a fusion of Georgian and European cuisine
- Tone – Georgian traditional tone bread sandwiches
- Ukve – Asian fast-food
- Shio Ramen – ramen joint
- Milk Coffee Shop – all things coffee
If you are a vintage-lover and would like to see what Georgian women wore back in the day, head to Flying Painter. They have original clothes from the sewing factory sold in limited numbers. They are brand new, a collection of 1991 with tags!
Another place you should have a pick is Black Dog Shop, which has handmade books, Soviet vintage posters, and unique stickers with the Georgian alphabet, to name a few.
Craft lovers can find a Ceramic Studio 1300 here, while there’s a sports shop for adventure junkies. And if you don’t like your haircut or would like to reshape your beard, Camora barbershop got you covered!
And if you need to catch up on your work and need a quiet space, head to Impact Hub Tbilisi. A single entry costs 20 Lari and allows you to work from 9 am to 6 pm using all the amenities it offers.
Day in the yard is tranquil, but if your stay coincides with the weekend, the courtyard gets crowded with locals, travelers, and expats living in Tbilisi.
Fabirka Hostel Breakfast
Few hostels around the globe have breakfast included; some have it for an extra cost. So does Fabrika. A meal here costs only $5.90. And what you get for the price is just mouth-dropping.
The breakfast area is behind the lounge with an open kitchen where you can see how chefs make your omelet right in front of you.
The menu is very diverse and suits everyone’s taste. You’ll find homemade drinks, freshly baked pastry and bread, homemade yogurt with fruits, cheese, salami plates – everything good and healthy to fire you up with energy for a day.
Additional Services At Fabrika Tbilisi
- Free Walking Tours
- Acro Yoga Classes at Rooftop Terrace (Free)
- Spin Poi Workshops (Free)
- Rent a scooter
You can always ask the receptionist or look at the board for upcoming events happening at the venue. You can also check their Facebook page for various events happening here
Overall, I would say that Fabrika is a very fresh and lovely place to stay. For the price you pay, you get excellent service, clean rooms, and a friendly atmosphere. I have slept in many different hostels on two continents, and Fabrika is definitely on top of those lodgings.
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 Kiwi.com, 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
– 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