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Buried in the heart of Tbilisi, Georgia, sits a Soviet era Ritz Carlton. Equal parts Grand Budapest Hotel and The Shining, Hotel Georgia is a nearly abandoned hotel visited by just a handful of guests per year and maintained by 3 employees, all of whom hold IDP (Internally Displaced Person) status from the Abkhazia Conflict in 1992. Currently only two floors of the hotel are operating. Built in the 50’s it was the most prestigious and luxurious hotel of its time. An example of Soviet modernist architecture the hotel ceased operating in the 90’s after the fall of the Soviet Union, only to be taken over by various companies and organizations that used it as office space. Currently 3/4 of the hotel are squatted by IDP’s (Internally Displaced People) from the Abkhazia conflict due to lack of alternative accommodation in Tbilisi.

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