Set on the Black Sea, Batumi is the capital of the Georgian Republic of Adjara. Its Old Town is filled with beautiful 19th-century architecture (this was once the haunt of the Russian elite in Imperial times), while its new town skyline is filled with illuminated skyscrapers; indeed, this is the second largest metropolis in the country, so a real hub of commerce. The climate is sub-tropical, suitable for year-round breaks, especially if you fancy a dip in the sea. Do wander along the boulevard – it’s like a step back into a bygone era, take a stroll through the botanical gardens and dine at the Piazza Square.
The Rooms concept is a funky network of Georgian lifestyle hotels. Each borrows elements of Japanese, European and Hollywood styles, but this one adds a feel of the nearby coast. From Cabin Bunks that take you back to your childhood, to the Corner Suite with a sea view, the accommodation is alternative and minimal, yet elegant and filled with fine home comforts. Natural textiles, notably an abundance of wood, and earthy colours merge with 1970s-era design sensibilities. Guests can eat in the Rubber Duck diner and sip on cocktails in the Lobby Bar.
Radisson Blu Batumi
Stay just a few minutes’ walk from the private Iveria Beach overlooking the Black Sea, at Radisson Blu Batumi. Its striking sleek glass exterior is part of a contemporary and edgy aesthetic designed by Italian architect Michele De Lucchi a little over a decade ago. Accommodating 168 bedrooms, it rises 19 storeys, with a decked rooftop garden complete with palm trees, day beds and deck chairs. The rooftop is also home to Umami restaurant which serves delicious Asian dishes. Indoor and outdoor pools and a spa are found below, as are two restaurants serving local food, grilled dishes and sushi. And the hotel is just three and a half miles from the airport.
Courtyard by Marriott Batumi
This is the first of Marriott’s properties to arrive in the city, housed in the unique structure of the 41-storey Alliance Palace overlooking the sea and yards from the beach. Occupying floors one to six of the multi-functional building, The Marriott accommodates 150 contemporary bedrooms, its height proffering some fabulous views. There’s also the Ananne Spa, an indoor pool, a fitness suite and an all-day dining and drinking venue; The Kitchen and Bar. Ideal for business and leisure stays, the hotel’s versatile spaces lend themselves well to relaxing or working.
Sheraton Batumi Hotel
Get a great night’s sleep on Sheraton’s Sleep Experience signature beds in one of the hotel’s 202 bedrooms with blackout curtains and climate control. Pay a visit to the Shine Spa’s saunas, Turkish Hamam and fitness suite and swim in indoor and seasonal outdoor pools. Dine at the Sunflower Restaurant, sip on cocktails in the sun at the poolside Jasmine Lounge Bar, marvel at the 360-degree views in the Sky Bar, and order a nightcap in the Lobby Bar. Located beside the beach, this is a great option for families and it’s just a short walk to the historic centre for a little sightseeing.
Le Méridien Batumi
Swim and sunbathe overlooking the Black Sea, with a stay at Le Méridien Batumi. Known for its modernist design, the hotel has been decorated in restful colours, with artworks by renowned Georgian artists. 105 bedrooms look onto either the city or the water, with a classic king-size room, through to a huge two-bedroom presidential suite on offer. There are several dining and drinking options; the Brasserie Restaurant for local and Mediterranean cuisine, the poolside Terrace Restaurant for BBQs and Latitude Bar, for cocktails with a mid-century vibe. Le Méridien’s other amenities include a casino, the Explore Spa with an indoor pool and a peaceful garden.