One of the components of travel planning is the choice of accommodation. Some people are not in a hurry to book a house, but rent it on the spot (this is convenient if you travel without a plan, for example, by car, and don’t know where you will be in the evening), while others prefer to decide on a place in advance. I’m just one of those people.
The issue of housing in Yerevan arose immediately after purchasing tickets (approximately 2.5 months before the trip). Since our trip coincided with the New Year holidays, the search for budget housing was not very simple. Everyone knows that, firstly, all hotels raise prices on holiday dates, and secondly, the most budget options “fly” like hot cakes, and the closer to the date of arrival, the less likely it is to book low-cost housing.
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I limited the housing budget to 200-300$ per week.
I started with booking.com. As already mentioned, hotels raise prices for the period of holidays, especially New Year’s. Good hotels that fit my needs were, for example, Holiday Hotel & Hostel (rating 9.0), 5th Floor Guest House Yerevan (rating 9.4) or Minotel Barsam Suites (4 * hotel with breakfast, but the price for the holiday dates was more than 20 000r). But some were a little further from the center than I wanted, or more expensive than I wanted. You can consider these, or other options, because on ordinary days their price is an order of magnitude lower, and each has its own budget.
Other options for Yerevan hotels in the center:
Apartments in Yerevan
Hotel monitoring lasted a couple of days, and I even settled on one, namely the Meg Hotel (rating 9.6). But then I thought, why not rent an apartment? The next day, I monitored the Airbnb housing website (I wrote more about it in the article “Renting a Worldwide Apartment with airbnb” ). There were a lot of options for apartments in the center of Yerevan – from simple “Khrushchev” one-room apartments to luxury apartments, including penthouses (for the corresponding money, of course!). I thought that we didn’t need luxury and settled on the option of a one-room apartment in the city center, on Mashtots Avenue. Cost based on coupon applied amounted to $ 30 per day, or 210 $ per week. Read about how to book accommodation on airbnb in the above article, and I will tell you about our settlement.
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I wrote off the owners immediately, even before booking and transferring funds, despite the “instant booking” icon. Mistress Marina confirmed that the apartment is free. After booking and transferring the payment (paid by credit card), I received all the contacts – the address of the apartment and the phone number of the owners. We agreed with Marina that I will call upon arrival in Yerevan and her husband will meet us. Since our flight was delayed for 3 hours, I threw off the owners of SMS that we were delayed. Upon arrival, she called, and at the house we were met by Aram, Marina’s husband. He took us to the apartment, showed that where, as he answered our questions.
This was our first experience booking an apartment. Everything was well. Here is a photo of our apartments in Yerevan (100% match the photo on airbnb!).
Housing in Armenia
If you are traveling in Armenia and not based in Yerevan, hotels or apartments can also be booked through Booking or airbnb. Here are examples of hotels in the Tsaghkadzor ski resort:
Hotels in Dilijan:
Hotels in Sevan (read more about Lake Sevan here ):
You can get to the resort towns from Yerevan or the airport by taxi .
If you still have questions about housing in Yerevan or renting apartments in Yerevan, ask in the comments.