During our three weeks in Georgia, our days were action packed and the weather generally warm and sunny. It was therefore ironic that having arrived at the Vardzia Resort Hotel with a free afternoon, rain meant we couldn’t take advantage of the two outdoor pools, fully appreciate the beautiful and extensive grounds, or take one of the nearby walks.
Our room, 212 was on the second floor, but there was a lift. The spacious room had two single beds pushed together with separate duvets, but only two pillows. There was an open wire wardrobe/storage unit, but nowhere to open one suitcase let alone two. Robes and slippers were provided and there was a long desk, TV and stocked mini bar. Tea and coffee making facilities were provided along with complimentary bottled water. A balcony with two chairs overlooked the Vardzia cave complex we’d visited in the morning. The AC wasn’t needed, but Wi-Fi was complimentary and worked well.
The bathroom was small with an enclosed shower cubicle. The mirror and hairdryer combination was good and there were plenty of towel hooks, with a small shelf for our toiletries although complimentary ones were available in plastic bottles.
The main restaurant was separate to the accommodation and down a slight slope or steps – umbrellas were provided if it rained. For dinner we chose a Greek salad and a shared dish called pork ojakhuri which contained pork, new potatoes, onions and red pepper. It was served on a sizzling plate and looked fabulous, but the ratio of pork pieces to potato was very poor, although the salad was huge. As we were nearing the end of our time in Georgia, we indulged in a litre of ‘homemade’ wine, followed by coffee with mulberry and plum vodkas, which were like firewater, but our bill still only came to £37.
Breakfast was served in a restaurant below the accommodation, but as it didn’t start until 8.30am and we needed to leave by 9am, it was a bit of a rush, and we had juice, simple bread and cheese with excellent coffee.