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Dodo's Homestay Tbilisi Reviews
Friendly budget choice May 16, 2010
Dodo is an old lady in her seventies, who runs this (unlicensed?) guesthouse in her home. Four or five rooms in her large single story house have been turned into dorms, making this place the most popular backpacker hangout in Tbilisi. Rates are set to 30 lari, or 15 euro per night. If it is not too busy you will get your own room for this amount, otherwise it will be a mixed dorm.
The house has a shady courtyard where you can sit and meet other travellers, as well as park your car or motorcycle (for a fee) if you are overlanding.
The rooms are filled with assorted furniture, different types of bed and equally unmatching bedsheets. This is all part of the charm, I guess.
New showers and toilets have just been fitted and hot water is usually present. There is a communal kitchen that can be used, as well as two fridges. Equally you are welcome to use the washing machine to do your laundry and there is slow (wired) internet access available.
Dodo speaks good English and her brother speaks German. Russian and some French is also spoken by the various members of her extended family, all of whom seem to be working at the guesthouse.
The location is near a metro station, but a bit far from the centre. I met a couple of Swiss girls at the guesthouse who moved to a different place closer to the centre because they didn't feel safe walking the Marjanishvili street at night. Personally I never felt unsafe though.
The guesthouse is behind an unmarked rusty gate at Marjanishvili street. Taxi drivers won't know the place. Just look for number 38 and bang the gate. If you're at the wrong address you'll find out soon enough.
Part of the Kiev to Kuala Lumpur 2010 travel blog
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