Known for being the winemaking region of Georgia, splendid views of the snow-covered Caucasus, charming towns, and interesting churches and monasteries, Kakheti is a perfect weekend getaway for many locals. Therefore, here are some of the best and top hotels in Kakheti for you to choose for your next short vacation.
Disclaimer: I haven’t stayed in all of those lodgings, but the post is based on thorough research and reviews of those accommodations. The hotels, hostels, and apartments mentioned here are not sponsored, I have selected them based on my preference, budget, design, and reviews.
This somewhat newly opened hotel in Tsinandali Estate 9km from Telavi has become a popular place for many locals making it one of the preferred hotels in Kakheti. Part of Radisson Collection Hotel, the venue has an “infinity” outdoor pool on its top floor along with pool bar, spa facilities, fitness center, and steam rooms.
All rooms of the hotel come with a coffee machine, wardrobe, air conditioning, flat-screen TV, and necessary toiletries. Some rooms do include breakfast, while in the case of others, you can add for an additional cost. Breakfast buffet is served at À la carte restaurant with a wide variety of meals, fruits, jams, dairy, and snacks to choose from.
When staying at Radisson Tsinandali, you get a free wine tasting session with Tsinandali Estate wines. It’s a nice experience to get familiarized with the company’s centuries-old winemaking process.
Moreover, the hotel has a shared lounge and library rooms to enjoy some peace and quiet to read and relax. Alternatively, you can take a walk through the Tsinandali Estate and visit Prince Alexander Chavchavadze house-museum featuring extraordinary collections and memorabilia of the royal family.
Note: At the check-in, the receptionist will ask you to provide a credit card. He/she will temporarily block 200 GEL on your account to cover any damage you cause or purchase anything from the mini-bar. Once you check-out, they will unlock it.
If you are looking for castle-like hotels in Kakheti, Chateau Mere should be your choice. This design hotel, located a bit outside of Telavi, has a spacious garden and an outdoor swimming pool.
Antique-style furniture and decor items adorn the rooms at Chateau Mere, while each room has a flat-screen TV, mini-bar, and all the necessary equipment. Some rooms even have a balcony.
A buffet breakfast is included in some of the rooms, otherwise, you can purchase it for an additional cost. The restaurant of the hotel offers traditional Georgian cuisine made from local and organic ingredients.
To enjoy your time here, you can attend the wine-tasting sessions, play billiards, or sing at karaoke. The receptionist will be happy to arrange a horse riding experience for you to various monasteries nearby.
Lopota Lake Resort & Spa
The resort lays out around the Lopota Lake, in the valley surrounded by the rims of the Caucasus mountain range. Once there you feel like being in an entirely different time zone.
Only 115 Km away from Tbilisi, the resort boast with a broad range of facilities you can choose from. Outdoor pools are everywhere here, along with very comfortable and modern pool-side furniture. You will find your rooms in the two-floor buildings scattered across the side of the lake.
Additionally, you can rent a bike and cycle around the lake, ride a horse, play tennis or mini-golf and enjoy your time at the spa or jacuzzi.
I visited the Lopota Lake Resort in springtime when it was still early to dive in the pool, but warm enough to enjoy the sun and a good read in a cozy sofa overlooking the lake. The tranquility accessed here is all I needed to enjoy my time and thoroughly relax.
The only sad thing here was the cuisine. I am a foodie. I love enjoying my meal, and when I pay a certain amount of money, I expect to have a nice, delicious meal. They might have changed their dining game since my visit. But during my stay, I was not impressed.
Holiday Inn Telavi
Holiday Inn Telavi is a somewhat newly opened hotel offering a fitness center, a restaurant, a bar, and a shared lounge.
The indoor swimming pool enables you to enjoy your relaxation at any time of the year. If you’ll be visiting it in summer, the hotel has a sun terrace too.
The rooms here have a flat-screen TV, air conditioning, a mini-bar, and other important essentials. Some rooms have a balcony. Similar to other hotels in Kakheti, some rooms do include buffet breakfast, while for others it’s available upon request and additional fee.
Being in the city, it also enables you to explore some of the iconic landmarks of Telavi.
The palace-like hotel overlooks Ilia’s Lake and is in-between mountains of Kvareli and Duruji River offering panoramic views on all sides.
Located 146 km from Tbilisi, the hotel is a perfect combination of traditional architecture and modern design. The cozy environment created with vintage furniture is what makes Royal Batoni a great getaway from the daily life and overcrowded city.
One of the features that distinguish this hotel from others is the infinity pool. Imagine enjoying your morning swim, the sun and a cocktail with gorgeous views over the lake. What else would you want for the weekend?
Besides, the hotel has a small room with table tennis, furball, and billiard together with a couple of gym equipment. Restaurant with the terrace offers traditional meals and Kakhetian wine for your enjoyment.
Oto and I visited the hotel in autumn. The package included three meals and a standard room. Once dropped at the entrance of the hotel, an enormous wooden gate greeted us, similar to those seen in the old movies with castles. Stepping inside was even more attractive – the old Georgian carpets hang out from each floor of the hotel, while circular staircase adorns the lobby. But do not worry, there is a small elevator as well.
The drawback I experienced through my stay here was the cuisine. Even though the hotel offered a somewhat wide variety of meals, they were nothing special and not that tasty as well. Another thing I would have loved to have was a spa or an indoor pool. I wanted to take the benefit of the weekend and unwind completely.
However, we spend the late afternoon in front of the pool sipping Kakhetian red wine and enjoying each other’s company.
Schuchmann Wines Chateau & Spa
If you are looking for hotels in Kakheti with wineries, check out Schuchmann Wines Chateau with an elegant design and beautiful views of the Caucasus Mountain not far from Telavi city center. Those who will stay here, have the possibility to attend a free wine tour and tasting at its winery.
Rooms at the Chateau are of contemporary interior featuring wooden floors, flat-screen TV, and other necessary items. Some rooms have a balcony or a fireplace.
The in-house restaurant offers Georgian cuisine and a buffet breakfast. Moreover, you can make your vacation here more relaxing with different types of massages or saunas, play mini-golf, a billiard, or table tennis.
Kvareli Lake Resort
Snuggled between Alazani Valley and Kvareli Lake, the resort offers a full wellness and spa center. All the rooms here feature air conditioning, satellite TV, and a minibar as well as all the necessary equipment like toiletries, hairdryer, and slippers.
You can dine at the hotel restaurant, as well as choose the half-board package. In the evening, you can enjoy the fantastic scenery of the lake as well as a favorite beverage at the bar. Additionally, you can relax at its outdoor pool, large terrace, go hiking nearby, fishing, or bike around.
Surrounded by the vineyards, oak trees, and orchards, the Kvareli Eden resort complex boasts by having the Wine Spa. Similarly to Lopota, you are plucked from everyday life into a peaceful environment. However, it does not offer as many activities as the previous one.
The resort is 153 km away from the capital and what attracts the visitors is its outside pool and unique wine spa. The surrounding area of the resort is green, while massive grape sculpture adorns the central courtyard.
You can enjoy a tennis court, bowling, and billiard. Additionally, families with kids will find Kvareli Eden a great place to spend some time – a spacious kids’ room is full of entertainment facilities every child would love.
What I loved here was the room decor – burgundy color blanket combined with light rose-printed curtains create a pleasant atmosphere. And more importantly, I was impressed by the wide variety and delicious meals.
Ambassadori Kachreti Golf Resort
If you are a golfer or want to try and learn the sport, make sure to visit Ambassadori Kachreti Golf Resort, located in Kachreti village, around 1:30hr drive from Tbilisi.
Apart from the golf course, the hotel features a private winery, outdoor pool, fitness center, and tennis court. Each room comes with a TV, air conditioning, a minibar, and a classic-style interior. The restaurant adorned with stone decorations and wooden beams serve Georgian cuisine, along with local wine and international drinks.
Located in Vazisubani, the Estate boasts a terrace and a garden, along with an in-house restaurant offering buffet or continental breakfast and dinner.
The rooms here have air conditioning, TV, a fridge, and a kettle along with other essentials.
Akhasheni Wine Resort
Situated in Gurjaani, Akhasheni Wine Resort is one of the hotels in Kakheti with a winery. This 4-star venue offers free bikes, a restaurant, and an outdoor pool. Relax at one of the pools, do yoga at the terrace, or simply enjoy the views of the vineyard.
Gremi Hall offers a garden, a restaurant, an outdoor pool, a shared lounge, and a bar in Gremi village, 25 minutes drive from Telavi.
Designed in a rustic and minimalist style with a touch of color, the hotel’s rooms have air conditioning, wardrobe, and other essential items and offer garden or mountain views.
Twins Wine Cellar
Twins Wine Cellar is one of the hotels in Kakheti with a winery nestled in Alazani Valley offering views of the Caucasus Mountains.
With elegant stone buildings, the venue also features its vineyard and wine cellar, while the restaurant serves regional cuisine.
The rooms at the Twins Old Cellar have simple furnishings and come with a view of the countryside. The breakfast served every day offers traditional Eastern Georgian dishes. In addition, you can have a wine tasting and a tour around the vineyard.
Yet another hotel with a winery, Babaneuris Marani features a restaurant, garden, and a seasonal outdoor pool, in Babaneuri village located 35 minutes drive from Telavi. Offering family rooms equipped with all the essentials, the venue also has a sun terrace to enjoy your breakfast, a glass of wine, or anything you’d desire.
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
– Find budget-friendly deals on all sorts of accommodation types on Booking and Agoda, or find a cool apartment on Airbnb and get $34 off on your first stay (my invite expires in 30 days after you sign up! )
– 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