The brutal architecture of Rooms Hotel Kazbegi leaves no doubt as to its provenance. With a spectacular backdrop of the Caucasus Mountains, this former Soviet resort has left all other traces of its past behind. An extensive renovation saw the whole exterior clad in timber, while the 156 rooms are simple but comfortable.
It’s the public spaces – an epic indoor pool, extensive library, casino and lounge bar and patio – teamed with a landscape like nothing you may have ever seen before that give this spot the edge.
After dinner, take a seat by the open fire, vodka in hand, and be mesmerised by the scene of snow-capped mountains that rise to the stars. All you’ll be missing is a cigar. Luckily, they’re rolled right in the hotel lobby.
Rooms from around US$122 a night.