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Evaluate: Tbilisi Marriott Resort | Prince of Journey

Evaluate: Tbilisi Marriott Resort | Prince of Journey

Review: Tbilisi Marriott Hotel | Prince of Travel

On my journey via Eurasia, I spent 4 nights on the Tbilisi Marriott Resort, in Georgia’s capital metropolis.

I selected the property for its good location, and to reply the age-old query: what on earth does a Marriott get you in a post-Soviet state?

Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Reserving

When making an award redemption, the Tbilisi Marriott Resort goes for 30,000–40,000 Bonvoy factors per evening. I used to be contemporary out of factors after dumping all of them into high-end speculative bookings earlier than the introduction of dynamic pricing, so I seemed to the money charges as an alternative.

On the time of my keep, all Bonvoy properties in Tbilisi have been providing a 20% low cost on bookings of 4 or extra consecutive nights. This introduced the price of my keep all the way down to about US$186 per evening.

This was a bit steep for my expectations, however was nonetheless probably the greatest choices in a metropolis that was a tad costlier than I’d anticipated. This was one of the best accessible price on the property, and never much more than the Courtyard down the road. Morbid curiosity received one of the best of me and I bit the bullet.

Moreover, other than my one evening in Dubai, this may be my solely resort keep on the month-long journey paid in money, the remainder being funded with Bonvoy factors or TD Rewards. I figured I may spare the expense.

Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Location

The resort is on Rustaveli Avenue, a serious thoroughfare via the guts of the town. The road is lined with a mixture of high-end Western outlets, in addition to historic authorities and cultural buildings together with the Parliament, the Opera and Ballet, the Nationwide Gallery (of artwork), and the Nationwide Museum (of archaeology).

Simply down the road is the enduring Liberty Sq., a roundabout on which the Courtyard resort is located.

Liberty Sq., Tbilisi

Additionally inside strolling distance is the core of the Outdated Metropolis with historic thermal baths and Narikala Fortress towering above, the funicular up the mountain to Mtatsminda Park, and the Bridge of Peace throughout the river to Rike Park and different historic points of interest.

Should you want to enterprise farther afield, the resort is sort of near the underground metro. For a first-time vacationer, nonetheless, the situation is just about good.

Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Examine-in

The resort’s curved exterior is in the identical Austrian-inspired model that marks most of the different buildings on Rustaveli Avenue.

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel – Exterior
Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Exterior

Inside, there’s a pre-lobby area, with a ready space and the entrance desk.

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel – Front desk
Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Entrance desk

Past, the grand corridor is the resort’s crown jewel and the first attraction of its public area. The cavernous ceiling, marble pillars, and ornate chandeliers complement the structure of the constructing’s exterior.

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel – Grand Hall
Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Grand Corridor

Right here, you’ll discover ample seating and the resort’s bar. The room was a preferred area for resort visitors to sit down and congregate within the night.

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel – Bar
Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Bar

There’s additionally an adjoining out of doors courtyard, an open-air atrium surrounded on all 4 sides by the resort’s visitor rooms and different amenities.

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel – Outdoor atrium
Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Out of doors atrium

The check-in course of was easy, though I used to be a bit unclear on the hours of breakfast service. I believe one thing could have been misplaced in translation.

As a Titanium Elite member, I received a complimentary improve to a Junior Suite, which was confirmed upon my arrival.

For my welcome reward, I selected factors over a meals and beverage credit score, as I didn’t wish to really feel tied to consuming on-property.

For my welcome amenity, I acquired an expansion of conventional Georgian nuts and dried fruits. Rigorously dodging my allergens, I loved the whole lot that I used to be capable of eat. I appreciated the chance to pattern some Georgian delicacies on the resort, as I knew I’d should be rather more discerning with road distributors the place I’d encounter a language barrier.

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel – Fruit & nut plate
Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Fruit & nut plate

Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Junior Suite

I stayed in Room 401, accessed on the finish of a personal hall threaded between different rooms.

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel – Room 401 hallway
Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Room 401 hallway

Getting into the room, the hall format opens up previous the closet right into a… room.

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel – Junior Suite entrance
Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Junior Suite entrance

Critically, it’s only a actually, actually, ridiculously huge room.

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel – Junior Suite
Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Junior Suite
Tbilisi Marriott Hotel – Junior Suite
Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Junior Suite

The king mattress is in the midst of the room, with a huge bulbous convex mirror because the centrepiece of the headboard.

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel – Junior Suite king bed
Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Junior Suite king mattress

Throughout, there’s a TV, with a minibar under.

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel – Junior Suite TV & minibar
Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Junior Suite TV & minibar

The sofa on the facet unfolds right into a pull-out mattress, do you have to want additional sleeping area for added visitors.

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel – Junior Suite couch
Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Junior Suite sofa

Within the nook, there’s a supportive leather-based chair in a studying nook.

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel – Junior Suite chair
Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Junior Suite chair

Beside the mattress, the desk embraced kind over perform, angled in such a manner that it was a bit too shallow to be a practical workspace.

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel – Junior Suite desk
Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Junior Suite desk

I really feel prefer it’s a bit disingenuous to label this Junior Suite as a set. Once I consider a set, I anticipate somewhat additional one thing to set it aside. Nevertheless, there’s nothing right here that made this room really feel particular, other than its gratuitous dimension.

Moreover, the views from the suite are nothing to exit of your manner for. The doorways to the three Juliet balconies don’t open, as a security measure. Room 401 is courtyard-facing, so I used to be handled to views of bald, shirtless, middle-aged Slavic males smoking on their bigger balconies on the ground under, somewhat than peekaboo sightlines of Tbilisi’s picturesque monasteries.

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel – Junior Suite courtyard view
Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Junior Suite courtyard view

The toilet is stable however fairly normal – self-importance, rest room, bathe, the works. No complaints right here, however not a lot to say.

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel – Junior Suite bathroom
Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Junior Suite toilet

Facilities and a dental package have been supplied, together with plentiful bottled water from Georgia’s multitude of mineral springs and glaciers.

There’s additionally a separate bathtub.

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel – Junior Suite bathtub
Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Junior Suite bathtub

Taking a look at pictures on the Marriott web site, my suite wasn’t discernibly totally different from the base-level Deluxe King Room. Furthermore, it seems that not all Junior Suites are configured the identical manner.

I undoubtedly received the sense that between the configuration and look at of my room, I received the brief finish of the improve stick.

Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Breakfast

Breakfast is served in the principle restaurant from 7am to 11am.

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel – Restaurant
Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Restaurant

Breakfast is supplied as a buffet, with desk service for espresso, and eggs made to order.

There have been just a few distinctive options of curiosity. Honey was served as a full honeycomb, and so they had fresh-sliced ham with the slicing gadget available on the buffet desk.

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel – Breakfast honey & ham
Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Breakfast honey & ham

There was additionally a each day rotation of conventional Georgian meals. Sooner or later that they had the fruit and nuts that got here as my welcome amenity. One other time, they served cheese poached in saperavi crimson wine, extra of a novelty than a delicacy however nonetheless a welcome one.

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel – Breakfast cheese poached in red wine
Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Breakfast cheese poached in crimson wine

I used to be notably amused by the translations: “diabetic jam” for sugar-free, and salad being the “wholesome possibility” (versus the remainder of the buffet?). I child, however the dietary lodging have been fairly complete.

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel – Breakfast jams
Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Breakfast jams & cereal
Tbilisi Marriott Hotel – Breakfast salad
Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Breakfast salad bar

There’s a self-serve mimosa station, with glowing wine accessible each day. On weekends, you too can make your self a Bloody Mary.

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel – Boozy brunch
Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Boozy brunch

As for the same old suspects, there’s fruit, pastries, bread, and a chilly meat and cheese unfold.

For decent meals, there’s a fairly normal number of eggs and meat.

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Tbilisi Marriott Hotel – Breakfast meat
Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Breakfast meat
Tbilisi Marriott Hotel – Breakfast eggs, hashbrowns, and Asian dishes
Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Breakfast eggs, hashbrowns, and Asian dishes

Nevertheless, I exploit the phrase “scorching meals” loosely. Whether or not I arrived within the first or final hour of breakfast service, I encountered chilly meals repeatedly all through my keep.

There are few issues much less appetizing than taking chilly scrambled eggs out of your mouth simply as shortly as you place them in – two days in a row, no much less! The sausage was additionally inedibly chilly.

Fortunately, I used to be bailed out by the made-to-order omelette bar.

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel – Breakfast omelette
Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Breakfast omelette

As for the “scorching” buffet, I caught with the rotating Asian dishes, together with chana masala and stir-fried noodles, which at the least had extra flavour to masks every other potential deficiencies.

For a resort at this value level, and within the high tier of Tbilisi resorts, I’d anticipate higher. Sadly, this appeared to be a basic case of high-end eating translating into low turnover, with freshness struggling because of this.

This put a critical damper on what in any other case ought to have been a stable breakfast primarily based on first impressions.

Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Government Lounge

Entry to the Government Lounge is accessible to Platinum Elite members and above, or visitors staying in an eligible room.

Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Government Lounge

The area is open 24 hours a day, with a wide variety of self-serve bottled drinks. There’s a continental breakfast from 6:30am to 11:00am, snacks from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, and dessert from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel – Executive Lounge
Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Government Lounge

I checked out the breakfast my first morning, solely to discover a wholly unappetizing unfold consisting of a subset of the restaurant buffet. Provided that I had freshness points within the restaurant, I might not advocate consuming breakfast within the lounge.

I didn’t catch the dinnertime snack buffet, however the desserts didn’t notably enthuse me, both.

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel – Executive Lounge
Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Government Lounge dessert

I did use the lounge to get a bit of labor completed one night, for a welcome change of surroundings from the insufficient desk in my suite.

Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Different Services

As you method the elevators, there’s a wine store that includes a set of the nation’s quite a few conventional types and vineyards.

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel – Wine shop
Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Wine store

Connected to the principle restaurant, there’s a café on the street-facing facet of the bottom ground, open all through the day to resort visitors and the general public. It’s also possible to order off the café eating menu within the grand corridor.

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel – Café
Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Café

Lastly, the resort gymnasium is among the most peculiar I’ve ever seen. There are entrances on two flooring. I got here in via the decrease degree, full with a rickety spiral staircase, and a carpeted lobby that destroyed any goodwill for the resort’s aesthetic that its in any other case pleasant Austrian design had constructed.

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel – Gym entrance

Upstairs, the health facility itself was somewhat small and the gear was not very in depth.

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel – Gym
Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Health centre
Tbilisi Marriott Hotel – Gym
Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Health centre

Good views, although! Too dangerous they couldn’t have put a bi-level visitor suite right here.

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel – Gym view
Tbilisi Marriott Resort – Health centre view

Conclusion

The Tbilisi Marriott Resort is an unlucky case of a property that punches under its weight.

On paper, regardless of its quirks, it’s not an terrible place. The situation is right it doesn’t matter what your goal within the metropolis is. Additionally, the Austrian structure is objectively interesting – grand however not grandiose.

Nevertheless, elite remedy was sorely missing. The Junior Suite configurations are inconsistent and barely felt like an improve. The breakfast choices have been unacceptable, exemplifying the facade of opulence that may run rampant via this embattled a part of the world.

Most importantly, I’m disillusioned with the worth that I really feel like I received for my keep. For the standard of the room and breakfast I skilled, I can’t see how the close by Courtyard may presumably be materially worse, at a cheaper price level. For even additional financial savings, there’s a Moxy inside strolling distance throughout the river, which I’ve heard good issues about.

Looking back, Georgia struck me as a rustic the place a keep at a Marriott property is completely pointless. There’s an actual soulful tradition to the place, and the soullessness of high-end chain resorts felt like the results of a creating nation undecided tips on how to successfully harness its admittedly restricted demand for luxurious tourism in a satisfying, significant manner. I might’ve been simply as blissful at a visitor home for 1 / 4 of the worth.

Certainly, my expertise on the Tbilisi Marriott discouraged me from a one-night keep on the Sheraton Grand Tbilisi Metechi earlier than my flight house. I had been curious to check the 2 properties, however I actually felt no compulsion to remain at one other chain resort within the metropolis.

I used to be admittedly a bit cavalier with my journey planning for this chapter of my journey, leaping on a simple reserving with out being important of my objectives and values. Disgrace on me for not doing my due diligence. If nothing else, it’s a sobering reminder to not be a slave to a model identify only for their loyalty program, for those who don’t really feel you’re getting worth again for what you’re placing in.



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