Opening Shot: In Tbilisi, Art Deco Vibes Permeate a Soviet-Era Publishing House

The team behind the artisan-led Rooms Hotels in Georgia repurpose a Brutalist structure for their third property, Stamba Hotel.

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Location: Tbilisi, Georgia

Designer: Adjara Group

On offer: A Brutalist Soviet-era publishing house retrofitted with art deco touches and a jungly atrium topped by a glass-bottomed pool. Overlooking the courtyard, the 150 rooms are outfitted with large replica windows from the original design, wool-lined armchairs, and freestanding brass tubs.

Standout features: The public spaces star at Stamba. A glamorous ground-floor casino, inspired by 1930s aviation, is awash in plush red carpets and art deco chandeliers; it connects to an annex that will host the soon-to-open Tbilisi Photo and Multimedia Museum. Foraged ingredients highlight the menu at the café, while a German printing machine discovered during the renovation process will serve as the centerpiece of the basement bar, opening late this summer.

Photo Courtesy: Design Hotels

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