The young resort of Hatsvali is located a few kilometers from the village of Mestia in Georgia. This is one of the most promising skiing facilities in the country. Huge funds are invested in it. The government decided to make the infrastructure competitive and attract tourists from other countries. Foreign specialists are involved in the arrangement of the territory. For example, rescue teams are trained by professionals from France. The best hotels in Hatsvali preserve traditional Georgian hospitality. Since 2010, the mestia air terminal was opened. Queen Tamara, receiving small aircraft for 18-50 passenger seats.
The ski season lasts from December to April. 3 tracks are open: green, blue, red. There are freeride zones, ski equipment rental, instructor services. The resort is served by 3 lifts: 2 rope tows and 1 four-seat lift. Very popular routes for backcountry and ski tours. This is a new direction of ski tourism, when the mountain is climbed on foot or on horseback, and descend on skis or snowboards. Trails are laid through the picturesque places of the Caucasus to the peaks of Ushba and Tetnuldi.
Mestia for several centuries is considered the religious and cultural center of mountainous Svaneti. In addition to natural objects, there are:
- historical and ethnographic museum with a collection of unique icons and manuscripts;
- house-museum of the Georgian climber Khergiani M.V., 7-time champion of the USSR;
- several dozen medieval stone houses with observation towers;
- churches of 10-14 centuries built.
Almost all medieval fortifications and temples are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They are protected by the state.
Guests are accepted in large hotel complexes operating on the principle of boarding houses, or guest houses. Tourists usually choose the second option because of its cheapness. Hotels provide rooms of different price categories.
Themini-hotel consists of several wooden houses decorated in a rustic style. The nearest ski lift is 100 metres away. There is an on-site restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. In summer, a tea table is served as a bonus for guests during the day. A 5-minute walk away is the center of Mestia, where the best restaurant in the area is located – “Panorama”. The hotel staff speaks several languages. Employees will always tell you how to get to the objects of interest and where to relax. Pets can not be brought here. Parking is free, located on site.
“Great location – near the base station of the Mestia lift. New houses, spacious enough for two, but cramped for a family with children. Excellent breakfasts, delicious in Georgian, huge in volume. Friendly staff. Suggested where to go, what to see” Stanislav
The three-storey hotel offers accommodation for double, triple and quadruple rooms. A games room is available for children. A few meters from the entrance is the Hatsvali ski lift. Breakfast is served in the morning. During the day, guests can enjoy room service and meals. The service is available around the clock. The owners provide free parking spaces, barbecue facilities, sports equipment and car rental. The staff speaks 4 foreign languages. Pets can be accommodated for a fee.
“I think it’s a great hotel, from location to service. There is nothing superfluous, everything is thought out to the smallest detail: strict non-pretentious atmosphere of the room, unobtrusive service, cleanliness, decent breakfast” Taka, France
The guest house provides double and family roomsfor accommodation. The hostess serves a continental breakfast in the morning, and guests prepare their own meals in the shared kitchen during the day. Within walking distance is a local market, shop, restaurants. You can come here with pets. Parking is free. Near the house flows the mountain river Mestiachhala. The ethnographic museum is 400 meters away, and the house of Mikhail Khergiani is about a kilometer away.
“Hostess Nana is an example of real Georgian hospitality! Cleanliness, delicious breakfast, wonderful view from the balcony – loved absolutely everything! The garden plot is well-groomed, cozy, there is where to relax. The center of the village is just a few hundred meters away. You can have lunch and dinner in the local restaurants of Leila and Sun City» Natalia
Mountain hotel with modern interiors offers double rooms for accommodation. Breakfast is included in the price. Half board is possible. Airport shuttle and parking are free. The hotel has a room for storing ski equipment, rental of sports equipment, you can order the services of an instructor. After class, a sauna is available for a fee. Pets are allowed to stay with the owners free of charge. At reception, you can book excursions or decide on a tourist route.
“we had a very good rest in this place! The owner and staff are very helpful. They helped us with an interpreter and booked a taxi for us to Ushguli. The food (breakfast and dinner) is excellent. The chef offered a wide selection of traditional and continental dishes. We felt very welcome and enjoyed our time in Mountain Mestia” Stephan, Germany
Another modern hotel is located on the outskirts of the village almost a kilometer from the center of Mestia. For accommodation there are two, three-bed rooms and deluxe rooms. In the morning, a breakfast buffet is served on the terrace. Meals can be prepared throughout the day in the shared kitchen. A market and several restaurants can be found nearby. Private parking is available on site, free spaces.
“Very clean, neat and beautiful hotel, with modest and nice staff. It is a short walk from the center, but the place is relatively quiet (cows and dogs make noise everywhere). Breakfast was good and flexible in time. I didn’t like that the staff didn’t seem experienced, but they learn quickly as soon as you ask them specific questions (about cleaning, delivery, transfer)” Andria, Georgia
Spacious two-storey hotel offers guests two, three local and family rooms. At the reception, you can always take accessories for barbecue and go to the nearest equipped area to fry kebabs. There is a restaurant on site offering guesthouses on the “Swedish system”. In the evenings, the bar opens with an excellent selection of wines and other drinks. The reception is open 24 hours a day. You can buy ski passes from the receptionist. The owners offer car rental services, paid airport shuttle.
“We loved the rooms – clean, spacious, bright. It is a pity that there is no possibility to stop by for half a day. We were passing, stopped to spend the night, but paid as for a full day. And in general – breakfast, service and location are very good” Dimarus58
Tourists also express regret that not all hotels are equipped with baths or saunas. The habit of taking spa treatments after physical exertion was formed in everyone who has been involved in sports for a long time and seriously.
The hotel is located near the center of the village of Mestia. Double rooms of standard and improved comfort level are prepared for accommodation. It offers breakfast, restaurant, lounge area with fireplace, garden, terrace. Stylish design of the premises is marked by positive reviews of guests. On the territory there is a grocery mini-market, a souvenir shop, food delivery to the rooms. Half board and full board are available.
“In my personal experience, Mestia is very different from other places in Georgia. I’ve never seen a Joggian smile, and here the place itself is world-class. I loved that the staff were trying to make an in and out of every request. We needed a new battery, and the administrator quickly found the right one, and the guys helped reinstall it. I believe that foreigners need to stay in this hotel in order not to worry about anything» Nanthaphat, Thailand
Guest cottage is not in vain called an elite house. Here everything is thought out for the convenience of location and quiet rest of guests. Rooms – double and family. All are decorated in a classic restrained style without frills and decorative elements. In contrast, the interior of the stairs, lounge area, living room, terrace is quite interesting and elegant. At the reception you can book a sightseeing tour, get information about the nearest hiking routes. Hatsvali-Zuruldi Ski Ressort is 400 metres away. The owners offer half board, which includes breakfast and dinner. The restaurants of Leila and San Set are nearby, and there is a market a few meters from the entrance. Many hotels in Mestia offer full boards. When booking, you need to clarify the information with their owners.
“Hostess Marina is a very hospitable person. She warmly welcomed us, placed us, fed us. Cook delicious, always help, suggest where you can go. If you want tea, you can always go down to the common kitchen and pour yourself a cup. Nearby ski lift, local attractions, and in the evening – a spacious balcony with stunning views of the mountains” Julia
Three-storey hotel with a panoramic attic provides guests with two, triple rooms. Within walking distance are the Museum of History and Ethnography, the Hatsvali lift. Breakfast is delivered in the morning. No pre-order for free parking is required. By agreement, the owners can take the traveler with his pet. The hotel is conveniently located in relation to the restaurants and shops of the village. There are four restaurants, a supermarket and a market nearby.
“Everything was excellent. Especially the staff. The administrator Tato was very kind, he gave me my room before check-in when I first booked a place. He looked after my belongings while I waited for a taxi to leave for the airport. He suggested me the best transfer to Mestia. The location of the hotel is just great. Next to the cable car. The view from my balcony to the mountains was amazing. The rooms are modern, clean, and very quiet. The internet slowed down a bit, but it was quickly set up. Breakfast was exceptional. Great place to stay” Tim, Poland
The villa, located in a quiet natural area, is rented entirely. It has 2 bedrooms and has extra beds in the living room. This place is popular with companies that come to Mestia for weekends or holidays. To the center of the village – half a kilometer. There is direct access to the mountain slopes. The cottage is located on an elevation, so it offers a view of both the mountains and the village. Directly from the entrance you can go to the popular hiking trails. Ski passes can be purchased from the owners. For a fee, they will provide a transfer to anywhere in the district. This place opened recently, there are no reviews on the level of service yet.
The new resort does not yet have a highly developed infrastructure. There are no free ski buses. Hotels can already provide comfortable living conditions, but it is best to choose those that are located near the lifts.