Yerevan is one of my favorite cities. It might seem to be not that interesting at first but if you visit Yerevan with an open mind and give it a credit of the doubt you’re in for a treat.
I went there for the first time in 2012 and since then I’ve been returning every year, always spending much more time in the city than I planned. By now I have my best hotels in Yerevan but every now and then I like checking new Yerevan accommodation options anyway.
What to do in Yerevan
Yerevan has a lot to offer! For me this is mostly the city of art and amazing cafe culture.
You can spend the whole day at the Cascades complex, home to the Cafesjian Center for the Arts. On the clear day this is the best spot to admire magnificent biblical Mount Ararat – it takes my breath away every single time!
Save some time in your agenda for local cafes too! You will find the best ones close to the Cascades or Opera.
In the evening head to the Republic Square for the singing fountains show – it might sound slightly cheesy but every time it attracts numerous locals and tourists.
On the warm evening the city is vibrant and alive to late hours and the atmosphere is unbeatable – that’s what makes Yerevan so special.
Where to stay in Yerevan
Most of the attractions are located within the ring surrounding the city center – you will find Republic Square, Opera or Cascades inside and George the Illuminator Cathedral just outside the ring. In this area you can easily walk around everywhere, there are also two metro stations located: Republic Square (Hanrapetut′yan hraparak) and Yeritasardakan which makes it very convinient to travel around.
Outside the center it’s best to stay in the areas close to metro stops Marshal Baghramyan (at the Lover’s Park) and Barekamutyun (the most convinient for the Genocide Memorial).
Below you will find my recommendations of the best hotels in Yerevan.
The best luxury hotels in Yerevan
Marriott Armenia Yerevan
Located in the beautiful building right on the Republic Square, that’s where all the important guests stay when visiting Yerevan. Besides spacious, classic rooms the hotel also offer give restaurants and bars as well as spa. The prices start at 150USD per night.
Ibis Yerevan Center
Excellent location, on the corner of Pushkin street and Northern Avenue. All the rooms are spacious and designed in the modern way. The prices start at 70USD, breakfast is not included.
North Avenue Hotel
The hotel is located on the most famous street in Yerevan – Northern Avenue. You will be in the heart of all the events, between Republic Square and Opera. Prices start at 100USD, breakfast included.
The best mid-range hotels in Yerevan
A very pleasant and affordable small hotel in the very center of Yerevan. Located in the back of Mashtots Avenue in the quiet yard. I’ve stayed there recently – my room was spacious and clean, had everything that I needed. All the rooms have private bathrooms, the breakfast was also included. The price for single room was 30$ during my stay which I think is a really good deal in this location and for this standard!
Elysium Gallery Hotel
Located just few meters away from Mashtots Hotel, in the same yard between Mashtots Avenue and Koghbatsi street it’s a small hotel with just the nicest staff who helps you with everything you need. When I’ve decided to stay two more nights it was not a problem at all, even if they had to do some changes in other reservations. The rooms are small but comfortable, with a private bathroom. Breakfast is not included, during my stay in November 2016 I paid 30USD per night with breakfast. Another excellent choice of accommodation in Yerevan!
The villa is located in the old, traditional Yerevan house in the quiet Koghbatsi street, not far from Republic Square. All beautiful rooms decorated with antiqye furniture have private bathroom, breakfast is also included in the price.
The best budget accommodation in Yerevan
Located just a corner away from the Northern Avenue the hostel offers probably the cheapest accommodation in Yerevan – only 3000AMD / 6 USD for a bed in 8 people dorm. Complimentary wifi and breakfast are included. Rafael Hostel offers both dorms and private rooms. I personally haven’t stayed there but a friend of mine was there recently and really recommended the place.
Probably the best known hostel in Yerevan, I’ve stayed there during my first visit in the city back in 2012 too. It’s more of an institution actually, offering not only places to sleep but also free Yerevan tour and tours covering all the most important places in Armenia. They have around 50 beds, both in dorms and private rooms, prices start at 6.000AMD (12$), including breakfast. Envoy hostel is located on the corner of Pushkin street and Parpetsi, some 5 minutes walking to Opera and Northern Avenue.
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