Stayed at Gulnasi with my wife for 3 nights in July, 2014. We were walk-ins as booking on-line is not possible and the guesthouse did not reply to our original e-mail query. Arrived at Gulnasi on 18 July at 3 PM. Followed location directions on their FaceBook page and had no issues finding the place. We met with Sofya. Great gal who speaks excellent English. She told us that we could get a bed in the dorm that night and move to a double room the next day. Sofya's English is excellent. She is very hospitable and a great source of info re: Batumi and transport in the area. Her little boy; George, is a trip! Location of Gulnasi is close to Black Sea and Seaquarium. Neighborhood is tattered as the investment money pouring into the east part of Batumi hasn't reached the Gulnasi precincts yet. Food markets and ticket agencies nearby. Gulnasi is VERY clean.
We paid 20 Gel each for the dorm. 6-bed room (301) with bath. Beds are close together and uncomfortable. No storage for clothing or gear so we just shoved stuff under our beds. Stayed with 3 Belorus kids who only spoke Russian. As we are limited to English, German, Spanish and Italian we mimed our intros. Nice kids. The guests at Gulnasi are primarily Eastern Euros and Russian. Some backpackers but most visitors are families on a tight budget taking advantage of the kitchen at Gulnasi to prepare meals. The place feels like a family reunion with people coming and going and lots of small kids about. Tables on stair landings have tables and at night they can become social centers as people kibitz till late.
Moved to triple room the next day (205) for 25 Gel each. Beds OK. Storage for clothes. Shared bath. You are advised to shower in the evening as the line to get into the bathroom in the morning can become daunting. Looks like the queue on a trans-Atlantic flight after breakfast. Dorm rooms have private baths. Private rooms use single bath in hall on each floor. WIFI is available but can become spotty. I lost connections on a number of occasions while in the middle of transactions so do what you need to do quickly. Early morning is best before everybody else wakes up and the bandwidth evaporates.
Sofya got us a ride to the train station for 12 Gel. Taxis in Batumi are fairly inexpensive and the drivers very honest so use them. Our only problem with Gulnasi was when we returned for one night on July 24th after a train from Tbilisi. We had been assured that we would have a bed but when we walked in at mid-night it was obvious that somebody had dropped the ball as Gulnasi was full. Sofya scrambled and got us a bed at a lesser place next door for 50 Gel total. We left at 8 AM the next day.
Batumi has very little to offer in the way of good, cheap lodgings. This puts Gulnasi at the top of the area heap but it's not a perfect situation. As such I am giving them a rating of 4 but in the real world they would receive a 3 from me at best.
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