Romantik Hostel- The Worst Place We’ve Stayed


Cody and I have stayed in many a room; from luxurious 5 star hotels in South East Asia, to $5 a night rooms in India, so we are no strangers to beat up no frills accommodation. But Romantik Hostel takes the cake.

Romantik Hostel

Five Star Puri Ganesha in Indonesia

I don’t think it was so much the hostel itself, (located in an underground parking lot) but the service was certainly lacking.


We booked Romantik Hostel because it was cheap, $14 a night cheap, so we weren’t expecting much. But we have also paid $10 in Thailand for a great room, and great service.

Romantik Hostel

$10/night Kristie House in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Not all hotels are created equal. You live you learn right?


As soon as we arrived at Romantik Hostel, our taxi driver walked us through an underground parking lot and said “this no good, why you stay here?”.


We didn’t even mind (sort of) that it was in a parking lot; it was cheap, and they offered free dinner and free wine.

Romantik Hostel

The entrance in the underground parking lot

We knocked on the locked door in the underground, and a few minutes later a head peeked out and told us to go around to the street where we’ll see a door.


We walked around and spotted a sign taped to a staircase that read “Hostel”, we walked in, and there were four people smoking, and sitting in a cold dank room on old tattered sofa chairs.


We received no greetings, just slow head turning stares. I approached the same guy who told us to walk around, and asked him if he wanted to see our booking. He replied, “if you want to show me”



Romantik Hostel

Welcome to Romantik Hostel

He then said “you’re staying here for 5 nights, what are you going to do for 5 nights?


We were also asked why we were in Georgia, and were told that Armenia was not nice even though they hadn’t been there.


Cody and I just looked at each other with wide eyes……..Wow, what a warm welcome. We also asked what there was to do in Tbilisi……the answer was “nothing”.


Total lie.


I looked to my left, and noticed the two other guests getting ready for a tattoo session. The tattoo “artist” was setting up her machine to tattoo her friend.



Romantik Hostel

Underground parking lot turned hostel

The funny thing is, had everyone been friendly, the whole energy of the place would have been different, it really wouldn’t have been so bad.


But it felt like we walked into someones glorified squat, and we were not welcome.


We were asked what we thought a double bed meant, and we said “a room for two people?”


We were taken to our dark, cold room, and we just looked at each other in awe.

Romantik Hostel

No heat. Surprise surprise

“We shouldn’t have booked for 5 nights” Cody said.

Good thing they could care less whether we stayed or left, so we stayed two nights. When we weren’t out, we stayed in our room and watched movies.


We think Romantic Hostel should change it’s name to Hostel Nihilist.

Comments To This Entry.
  1. Dale June 20, 2014 Reply

    Holy crap, hate it when you end up in places like that. Good job you’re chosen to share this place, here’s hoping that enough people read your post so they can avoid it in the future.

    • Giselle and Cody June 20, 2014 Reply

      Yeah, we were shocked. They also said “Why are you staying here?” and I replied “Cause it’s cheap and we are trying to save money. We have been to India” then she cut me off and said “Oh, if you have been to India then this is no problem for you” Hahaha I would have chosen the places we stayed in India over this place any day!!

  2. Alison Hunt June 21, 2014 Reply

    I hate it when people say there is nothing to do somewhere… there is always something special and unique about anywhere… even screwey little towns like LaRonge have things for people to do… people that run these kinds of places should have more positive things to say about there communities! BOO!

    • Giselle and Cody June 21, 2014 Reply

      We totally agree with you Alison!! Everywhere in the world has something to offer so when we hear there is nothing to do, it bugs us as well!! Tbilisi had a lot to offer and it was such a great city to explore.

  3. Wow, I’m getting creeped out just hearing this story, I can’t imagine how it was like for you being there.

    I have a little query; is it possible this hotel was…mmmm, how shall I say it, designed for hourly visits? 🙂 I’m just thinking that it’s called Hostel Romantik and they were really shocked that you were staying there for so long, and the room was only big enough for a bed.

    I’m sure you would have noticed if that sort of thing was going on while you were there, but this is just the first impression I get of the place, lol.

    • Giselle and Cody June 23, 2014 Reply

      Karyn, no, it wasn’t a pay by the hour hotel. This place had a lot of reviews online and after 2 days we had to leave.
      Now that you mention it, it does sound like a little red light place 🙂

      • lol sorry, maybe my mind is just in the gutter, it’s just that that is the first thing that sprang to mind when I read your description of it.

        If there were a lot of reviews for it online then I’m sure it wasn’t that kind of hotel.

  4. Ivana June 23, 2014 Reply

    That sucks! And as you are saying, the attitude of the owners and receptionists changes the whole situation.
    The worst place we stayed ever was a ‘hostel’ in Chang Khong which was part of the infamous package for a slow boat Chiang Mai-Luang Prabang. We ended up in a former prison, with pink walls, pigeon hole windows, iron bars and a sink that nobody wanted to wash in. Oh, did I mentioned beds hard as a rock and night breeze through the windows when outside was about 10C?
    Luckily, we were ‘arrested’ only for one night there!

    • Giselle and Cody June 23, 2014 Reply

      Ivana, we know exactly the place you are talking about because we stayed in the same place.
      At least there was a 7-11 around to go and get some snacks and food for the boat trip.
      It was a horrible hotel and the beds were as hard as rocks. Ugghhh, definitely don’t want to stay in either of these places again.

      • Ivana June 24, 2014 Reply

        Oh, we can then easily establish a travel bloggers group “Pinkie prison”. I know about some more travel bloggers who did shopping at the same 7/11 and knock on the same wood of the beds 🙂
        Cheers guys and have a great time back home!

  5. serban June 26, 2014 Reply

    OMG, you saved me! I’m looking for a place to stay in Tbilisi next month and I was just a click distance to choose “romantik” for the same reason, the cheap price. Thank god I googled the name and found your blog 🙂

    Can I ask if after those 2 nights you left Tbilisi or just you moved at another hostel?

    • Giselle and Cody June 26, 2014 Reply

      Hahaha thank goodness you found our write up of the place. We stayed in Tbilisi longer at 3 other places. We would suggest Why Not? hostel because of it’s good atmosphere and great location. It is very close to the subway and the second hand market. We also stayed at Boombully Hostel and Old Town Tbilisi.

      Have a great time in Georgia. how long are you there for?

  6. Ayngelina June 26, 2014 Reply

    I have definitely been in similar situations, good for you for ditching it early and moving onto something better.

    • Giselle and Cody June 27, 2014 Reply

      There was no way we could stay any longer then 2 days.
      It was in a bad area as well and really out of the way.

  7. Federico June 26, 2014 Reply

    Mi crappiest place has been in Japan, of all places. Well one in Salvador was quite bad too…

    • Giselle and Cody June 27, 2014 Reply

      Wow, Japan? You would think they would have great hostels there.
      What was so bad about it Federico?

  8. serban June 26, 2014 Reply

    Thanks, I see that boombully have good reviews. I will stay 7 – 10 days in Georgia, maybe more 🙂

    • Giselle and Cody June 27, 2014 Reply

      That’s great. It really is a nice little country. If you get a chance you should head up to Gergheti (It is in the north)
      and nestled in the mountains. Such a beautiful place. You can catch a shared van from Tbilisi for only 10 Georgian Lari ($6 US) beautiful and well worth it.

  9. Erica June 26, 2014 Reply

    HA! I actually wrote about the worst place we stayed as well and it is remarkably similar (and in Reno). 😛 This place is INSANE!

    • Giselle and Cody June 27, 2014 Reply

      I am on the way to your site to check out your worst stay. 🙂

  10. Diana Edelman June 26, 2014 Reply

    OK, I tried not to laugh, but I did. OH MY GOD!! I can only imagine!!! What a horrible hostel. It just looks TERRIBLE! But, the upside, free wine, right?? 😉 I’ve stayed in some not-so-great ones, but this? You’re right. This takes the cake. And the plate. And the cutlery.

    • Giselle and Cody June 27, 2014 Reply

      Giselle didn’t even bother drinking the red wine. We just stayed in our room and didn’t want to leave or make eye contact with anyone. I have no idea how they are open…….Hahaha so bad.

  11. Mindy & Ligeia June 26, 2014 Reply

    We’re speechless. It’s our worry for ending up in places like this that we only pre-book a max of 2 nights when we visit a new place. Did the place offer free parking at least? 😉

    • Giselle and Cody June 27, 2014 Reply

      Hahaha yeah you can drive your car right up to your room 🙂
      We usually book 2 nights max at a new place but this place way just so cheap.
      Cheap is not always good. We have learned our lesson.

  12. Angie Away June 27, 2014 Reply

    YIKES! Glad you got out of there, and that you had each other just in case. Would’ve been terrifying alone, I think!

  13. Alex June 27, 2014 Reply

    Ugh, good for you for warning others about this place! I stayed in a hostel in Vegas once and it was a horrible experience for the same reasons — dark, unfriendly, bad vibes.

    Hope you found somewhere better!

  14. Juno July 1, 2014 Reply

    So sorry that happened! I had a worst ‘resort’ experience myself. Termites and other insects I wouldn’t want to name are involved.

  15. Kristin Addis July 1, 2014 Reply

    So often hostel reviews are all glowing and happy so good for you for putting up something that illustrates they can be pretty darn bad too!

    • Giselle and Cody July 5, 2014 Reply

      We have been to a few bad places but this one took the cake. We had to write about it 🙂

  16. Ried July 5, 2014 Reply

    Woe, what a horrible place. It’s crazy that places like this exist and they do nothing to make it better. A place like this would close in a second in Canada….at least I hope it would.

  17. Charlie November 18, 2014 Reply

    Oh shit, that’s crazy! Did you pay in advance too? That would’ve been the worst. Actually since staying in some lame places – not quite like this – we just don’t really book accommodation in advance unless we have a flight or know a place is going to be super packed for some reason. Glad to hear you guys survived the ordeal!

    • Giselle and Cody November 18, 2014 Reply

      Hey Charlie, we didn’t pay in advance but I guess paid a small fee to hold the room online. We usually only book advance accommodation for the first night or two when we first arrive into a new country. Just so we can get our bearings. We got out of that garbage dump soooooooo fast. Hahahaha At least they served us a pretty kick ass Vegan pizza.

  18. Rika@VM August 9, 2015 Reply

    Oh noooo! I was afraid to read the post, I’m sorry that happened to you guys! 🙁 I’ve never been in hostels before (Doni did), but I’m so happy you guys ditched it for good! And yaaaaaay for some yummy kick ass vegan pizza in the end!! 🙂

    • Giselle and Cody August 15, 2015 Reply

      Rika, we had to leave for so many reasons. We didn’t feel comfortable there and it was such a weird vibe.
      Even the vegan pizza couldn’t turn this place around 🙂 These things will always happen because travel is never perfect.

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