Hotel Tbilisi Tskaltubo

THE ABANDONED HOTEL IN GEORGIA


‘Hotel Tbilisi’ is one of the abandoned hotels in spa resort Tskaltubo in Georgia. The construction of the hotel finished in 1951. Today it is a home for refugees.

The seven-storey high ‘Hotel Tbilisi’ was built close to the city centre and within walking distance of the bathhouses. The big hotel was a popular place to stay. Baths were arranged directly at the spring, which means that no hotel in Tskaltubo had its own therapy baths. The city’s thermal waters are used to treat about 70 diseases.

The hotel was designed by Dr. V.K. Oltarzhevski and B.A. Sobolevski as an example of late Stalinist architecture. . Major reconstruction works took place in 1963-65, when the back façade was attached. In 1984, three years of capital repairs started. The building had a capacity of 732 beds.

Tskaltubo was one of the most popular resorts in the former Soviet Union. So when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the town of Tskaltubo was mostly abandoned. The hotels and sanatoria were left empty to crumble and decay.

Today this hotel is one of Tskaltubo’s disused buildings that houses refugees of the nearby Abkhazia region. The War in Abkhazia from 1992 to 1993 was fought between Georgian forces and Abkhaz separatists, the Russian armed forces and North Caucasian militants. About 9.000 refugees were housed in Tskaltubo. It was supposed to be a temporary arrangement. But 25 years later, these makeshift apartments have become permanent homes for new generations of families. The condition of the buildings is extremely poor.

Built 1951
Abandoned 1991
Endangered
Hotel Tbilisi
Hotel Tbilisi
Hotel Tbilisi
Hotel Tbilisi
Hotel Tbilisi
Hotel Tbilisi
Hotel Tbilisi
Hotel Tbilisi
Hotel Tbilisi
Hotel Tbilisi


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