Fabrika Tbilisi has changed my notions about dorm culture. I for one have booked shared rooms via Airbnb but I have never really wanted to live the dorm life up until now and to my surprise, it’s actually quite cool. I mean, yea, there’s a common bathroom but the dorm life is just different. Here’s my top 5 reasons for why you should stay at Fabrika Tbilisi:
Located sort of next to the heart of Tbilisi
Fabrika Tbilisi is about 20 minutes from the airport, but it’s strategically placed 10 minutes away from Shardin street where the pubs and bars at and Old Tbilisi. The cab ride from Fabrika to any of these places is about 3-10 GELs and that’s super economical. I walked a couple of times from the the hostel to Old Tbilisi cause the location is filled with street food, cafes and lots of spots for pictures.
Economical as hell
Staying at Fabrika Tbilisi cuts down your expenses by 50%. I mentioned the cab fare in the point earlier, but the rooms itself are worth every GEL. The dorms are super clean with minimal furniture, so that gives you ample space for your luggage/backpack. I travelled alone for three nights and that costed me about 104 GELs (AED 160). If you’re travelling with your boyfriend, friend or husband then you can request for a private room. I believe the price for a private room was 250 GELs (AED 382 approx.) for three nights – AND THAT IS WORTH EVERY PENNY.
Chill Scenes and Nightlife
I remember after my visit to Sighnagi, my feet refused to move. This is when I fist-bumped myself for picking Fabrika Tbilisi. It’s got a bar right below, a cafe and a courtyard where you can just relax, have cold beer and sloth away. Most weekends the hostel has live music, bands and a great nightlife – need I say more.
You’ll love your roomies
Here’s the thing – I shared a room with two solo travellers, knew nothing about them and ended up going for breakfasts and talking about my tour every night. We ranted about home, work life, mid-life crisis, things we love, things we hate – all while not knowing each other’s last name and that’s beautiful. I don’t think I have conversations like that with strangers here in the city, but a hostel just gives you that experience of building new relationships and opening up a bit.
I can’t hold a paintbrush to save my life but I appreciate graffiti and street art. The walls at Fabrika is filled with pop culture and graffiti. If you ever get lost while walking around just look for a wall that’s covered with street art and you’ll find your way back home. The street art that leads up to the room are quite quirky and make really good captures for Instagram. So if you wall-hunt like I do then you’ll need to charge up your batteries every now and then.
In addition to all these things there are a couple of quirks which are just hard to forget like Hotline Bling playing every time I went to the washroom and a guy who kept laughing in the courtyard. My roommates and I thought we all were just having a bad dream but turns out there was a guy who laughed himself to sleep every night. Lot more LOLs and great memories, conversations; the staff for one is super hospitable and if you’re planning to travel to Georgia then make sure you read my checklist here.
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