Georgia’s capital Tbilisi is a thinking person’s heaven. A rich cultural and intellectual heritage means the city offers rare museums and galleries, stunning churches, divine cuisine, and an enviable crafts heritage. To top it off, the country is set to create a new design legacy—thanks to Rooms Hotel group, which is leading the local contemporary movement of marrying Georgian tradition with modernism. The first Design Hotels™ member in the country, Rooms Hotel Kazbegi in the Caucasus Mountains is vastly different from the newly opened Rooms Hotel Tbilisi. Located in the intellectual neighborhood of Vera, the Tbilisi cleverly incorporates the building’s history as a publishing house into its design elements, while also honoring its cultural past with many art and music events. Rife with regal sophistication, the 8-floor property boasts 125 rooms and suites, combining distinct 1930s New York vibes with old-world Tbilisi charm. Rich, fragrant leather, mood lighting, velvety textures, and carefully selected sounds fill the spacious fireplace lounge and cocktail bar—home to international guests and fashionable Georgians alike. With a clear emphasis on all things “taste”, the nouveau American restaurant “The Kitchen” concocts a delectable weekly menu using locally sourced ingredients.