The constructing which homes Fabrika started life in the course of the Soviet interval as a textiles manufacturing unit. Its concrete shell has been remodeled into not solely a hostel and a bar but additionally the good arts and music venue in Tbilisi.
Fabrika’s clientele are younger and extremely hip, however travelling on a restricted finances. If you would like an instagrammable location, to combine with the good youngsters on the town, and have just some metres to stumble on the finish of a protracted evening partying to the sounds of the very best DJs and bands in Georgia, Fabrika is asking.
Fabrika is, in some ways, a paired again, finances model of its sister property, Rooms Tbilisi. There’s an in depth lounge space and bar with retro pinball and arcade machines in the principle constructing, plus a breakfast room, and the courtyard is lined with cafes, hipster shops, artists’ studios, and pop ups. In summer time the courtyard works as a efficiency house; in winter the motion strikes indoors.
The secret at Fabrika is classic minimalism. And, because the hostel solely opened in autumn 2016, every little thing remains to be vivid and new.
You may select between a mattress in a dorm or a non-public twin/double with an en suite rest room. The decor is intentionally stark and there’s little or no furnishings, which makes the rooms paying homage to the Soviet interval.
The items that are there, nevertheless, have been very fastidiously chosen for his or her aesthetic qualities in addition to their operate. You may have precisely what you want, and no extra. The beds are comfy, the home windows let in loads of gentle, and the loos are immaculate.
Meals and Drink
Lodging at Fabrika consists of essentially the most spectacular buffet breakfast unfold we’ve seen in any hostel on this planet. In reality, it’s a fierce contender to be the very best breakfast anyplace. Skilled cooks put together and lay out every little thing from selfmade pure yoghurt to cheesecake, dried fruits and nuts to native honey, and there’s an omelette and egg station as effectively. The espresso is darkish and fragrant; and there’s a alternative of teas and juices as effectively. Having stuffed up on a Fabrika breakfast you definitely gained’t want lunch, which is one other particular bonus for finances travellers.
The hostel lounge bar is open all through the day, and there’s all the time somebody available to make you a correct espresso or pour you a beer. You may have gentle snacks as effectively, or come out into the courtyard for a extra substantial chew to eat in one of many intriguing cafes.
Is Wi-Fi out there?
Wifi is obtainable all through the hostel and is free.
What’s close by?
Fabrika is on the alternative facet of the river to Tbilisi’s essential points of interest, however you may stroll throughout the Dry Bridge and thru the park to Rustaveli — the principle drag — in 15 minutes or so.
Tbilisi’s Previous City is a should see. The Narikala Fortress towers above the beautiful painted homes with their picket balconies. You may spend hours simply wandering the streets. Peculiarly, there’s a pure waterfall proper within the Previous City, and the neighbouring Botanical Backyard is the right spot for a picnic on a sunny afternoon. We love Abanotubani — the recent spring district the place you may go for a scalding tub and therapeutic massage beneath medieval brick domes — and there are many fashionable wine bars close by the place you may style a number of Georgia’s favorite drink.
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How a lot?
Dorm beds at Fabrika begin from £7 per evening; non-public twin rooms begin from £53.
Worth for cash
Fabrika presents distinctive worth for cash. Sure, you may keep marginally cheaper at different hostels in Tbilisi, however at Fabrika you’re truly getting services and repair — to not point out the breakfast — befitting a great lodge.
Fly direct from London Luton to Kutaisi (Georgia’s second metropolis) from £81 return, then benefit from the free shuttle into Tbilisi (about three hours). Alternatively, Georgian Airways flies from London Gatwick to Tbilisi from £327 return.