Kutaisi, also called as “the city of roses”, is one of the most ancient cities in the world and the third-most populous city in Georgia, traditionally, second in importance, after the capital city of Tbilisi. Situated 221 kilometres (137 miles) west of Tbilisi, on the Rioni River, it is the capital of the western region of Imereti. Historically one of the major cities of Georgia, it served as political center of ancient Georgian kingdom of Colchis, in the Middle Ages as capital of the Kingdom of Georgia and later as the capital of the Kingdom of Imereti. From October 2012 to December 2018, Kutaisi briefly was the seat of the Parliament of Georgia as an effort to decentralise the Georgian government.
The most popular places to stay in Kutaisi are: City Hotel Kutaisi, Hotel Dimasi, Best Western Kutaisi, Georgian Palace Hotel, Hotel Mkudro, Hotel Kutaisi Globus, Hotel Terrace Kutaisi, Hotel Sanapiro, Hotel Solomon.