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.
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.
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.
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”
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”.
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.
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.
“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.