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A Contemporary Camp in the Caucasus

Modern with a rustic edge, Rooms Hotel Kazbegi is an adventure oasis in a country better known for chaos.

More than a decade removed from the revolution that ousted its corrupt president and six years after the Russo-Georgian War, the tiny nation of Georgia is becoming a tourist draw—thanks in part to new accommodations such as Rooms Hotel Kazbegi. This remote alpine lodge, located just outside of a Russia-occupied territory showcases the Caucasus Mountains in its backyard, making it an under-the-radar happy place for hikers, climbers and heliskiers.

  Photo: Courtesy of Rooms Hotel Kazbegi

Named for a 19th-century Georgian poet, the 156-room mountain retreat does have a lyrical quality about it, with rustic-chic rooms blending wood and industrial flourishes and an a la carte restaurant whose menu sings with seasonal dishes.

  Photo: Courtesy of Rooms Hotel Kazbegi

Yet for an outfit whose architecture and interior design are decidedly contemporary, Hotel Kazbegi doesn't take itself too seriously, as evidenced by the Soviet-era movie posters that plaster the walls of the spacious lounge.

  Photo: Courtesy of Rooms Hotel Kazbegi

Amenities range from an indoor swimming pool with mountain views to a huge outdoor sundeck to an onsite casino (here at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, they love their gambling). Add a hyper-attentive staff and a fleet of mountain bikes available for rental, and is it any wonder we've got Georgia on our mind?

  Photo: Courtesy of Rooms Hotel Kazbegi

The Details: Rooms Hotel Kazbegi is located in northern Georgia, about 90 miles north of the capital of Tbilisi. Rooms range from $140 to $160.

  Photo: Courtesy of Rooms Hotel Kazbegi

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