First time visiting Georgia, I have had a few surprises at my first accommodation in Tbilisi, which I would consider red flags, but maybe they are just common practice here. This will help me in choosing the next accommodation. (I tried to google these, but there seems to be nothing relevant.)
For context, I'm staying in an apartment reserved via booking.com.
So question is: which of these is common practice in Georgia? And which are out of place?
- Asking for payment of the whole stay up-front. (I have been to a few countries/accommodations, and as far as I remember I always payed at the end, or was at least asked which one I prefer.)
- Refusing to give a receipt. (One-week stay, ~100 EUR price. I was told I'm the first one to ask for a receipt. In the end I wrote the fact of the payment on a piece of paper which was signed by them, but they looked at me like an UFO.)
- Initially refusing to give me a key and saying that the area is so safe that I need not lock the front door at all (in the end I did get a key though, upon asking again).
I have been at this place for a few days, and so far it seems ok, although not perfect, so I will remain for the remaining time. I ask this question to know what to expect/look for for the next accommodation.