I like to wander the side streets of Tbilisi. When you open a door of an aprtment or enter a courtyard, you should be ready for unexpected beautiful surprises. Sololaki district is the paradise of historic houses in Tbilisi. You can see some of Tbilisi’s most iconic architectural details in this area. Decorative elements such as sculptures and reliefs on the facades of the buildings and hand-painted walls in the interiors of the apartments are very common. Of course, Georgia’s unique wooden carved balconies and courtyards are as beautiful as these apartments. For those who would like to visit such houses, I wanted to share my favorites with their past stories and addresses.
Charming Historic Houses in Tbilisi
There are many charming buildings spread over Tbilisi, but I’d like to share only the houses in Sololaki district except one house.
Atoneli St No:31
First of all, I start with the only address that is not from the Sololaki area. This is the former London Hotel and is located in the Orbeliani area. It was built in 1875 and was the first building where the electricity was installed. It was one of the best hotels in the 19th century, with many famous foreign guests. It’s really an instagram worthy place with hand-painted paintings on the walls, floor tiles and spiral staircase.
Betlemi St No: 3
The house, which has a boutique gift shop named Gallery 27 on the top floor, is one of the most photogenic buildings in Tbilisi with its colorful stained glass windows and its carved wooden terrace. The 19th century house is one of the best examples of classical Georgian houses, but it is very old and in need of renovation. It was even forbidden to enter and take pictures in the past months, but now you can enter.
Ivane Machabeli St No:13
The ground floor is the Writer’s House Museum and the garden is Cafe Littera. The building was built in 1905. Its first owner, David Sarajishvili, was a scientist, entrepreneur and philanthropist, and is known as the founder of brandy factories in Georgia. The upper floor is currently serving as a hotel, so you can stay in this beautiful house, you can check the price and other details here. Their rooms have the names of the famous writers, it can be a nice experience, the comments look good, the booking score is 9.5.
Galaktion Tabidze St No:18/13
This apartment was built in 1911 and belonged to the Seilanov Brothers, famous for their tobacco production. At the entrance, in the middle of the floor, their names are written in Russian alphabet. There are a total of 5 different pictures on the two walls and different continents of the world are depicted in these pictures. When you go to the upper floors, you see faded painting remains on the walls. You can also stay in this apartment. There are three separate apartments open for accommodation here. The first one is a small flat of 22 square meters, you can check its price and other details here, its score is 9.1. The other two apartments are larger, you can check their price and other details here, with a score of 9.2.
Ivane Machabeli St No:17
This house belonged to oil and tobacco manufacturer Michael Kalantarov. It is said that he had this house built to show his love for his opera singer lover, and they lived here happily from 1908 to 1921. They are forced to leave their homes after the Soviet occupation. It is a very stylish building full of Moorish details both inside and out. There is also one apartment you can stay here, you can check all the details here, the score is 9.5.
Letim Gurji St No: 4/9
This is one of the traditional Georgian houses, a nice photo spot with its blue wooden carved balconies and courtyard. This 18th century house is one of the oldest in Tbilisi. The house, which was owned by a single family when it was first built, was divided into 16 households after the Soviet occupation. You can also stay in this house. For price and other details, you can check here, the score is 9.8.
Geronti Kikodze St No:9
This apartment was the location of the Estonian consulate 100 years ago. Floral decoration on the entrance ceiling of the house welcomes us. The balustrades and stair ranges are made of wrought iron, and this is one of my favorite photogenic buildings with its spiral staircase.
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