Found in the Mtskheta-Mtianeti region of north-eastern Georgia among the Caucasus Mountains, Stepantsminda is a townlet colloquially known as Kazbegi. Local landmarks include the hilltop 14th-century church of Tsminda Sameba which stands 2200 metres over Stepantsminda, Kazbegi National Park, the Georgian Military Highway and the snow-capped Mount Kazbek (known as The Bride for her veil-like countenance). These, and the surrounding valleys, are fertile ground for those who enjoy mountain biking and hiking. So if you fancy an adventure in the Highlands of northern Georgia, here’s where to stay.
Rooms Hotel Kazbegi
Inspired by the serenity of nature and the dynamics of the human mind, Rooms Hotels opened their Kazbegi property back in 2012. Retro nods to the area’s Soviet past (this was once a sanatorium) combine with colourful local textiles, deep leather armchairs, furnishings by Flamant and Restoration Hardware and raw timber that’s been reclaimed from dilapidated buildings in Georgia’s west. There’s a large shared space with filled bookcases and the feel of a fashionable private members’ club; a casino that mixes up some decadent cocktails; and below ground, a wellness centre, with a 30-foot heated pool and mountain views.