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February 17, 2020

Where to stay in Yerevan

Where to stay in Yerevan, Armenia? Discover the best areas to stay in Yerevan in this post, the capital city of this unique country on the Caucasus 

Considering traveling to the Caucasus? Check the best places to stay in Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia, one of the world’s oldest surviving countries and has rich history and culture.

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Yerevan is the perfect base to explore this incredible small nation, as it’s easy to combine time in the city with travelling further afield to cultural highlights and attractions.

If you’re travelling here, you’re probably wondering about the best areas to stay in town. That’s why we’ve written this post! We’ve taken a close look at the best neighborhoods in Yerevan, so that you can easily plan your visit here.

Travel in Yerevan: Overview

There’s nowhere better to base yourself than Yerevan if you want to discover the magical and historical Armenia. The centre is packed full of intriguing places to visit such as museums, galleries, and historic attractions. Republic Square is the beating heart of the city, while the Cascade Staircase and Museum is a pretty spot to relax. Art lovers will enjoy the museum within the staircase, while views of Mount Ararat from the top are sublime!

Armenia’s history is long and complex, and one of the worst events in the country’s history was the 1915 Genocide. Visiting the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial and Genocide Museum is a sobering and educational place to learn more about this atrocity.

To reach the country the best option is flying. The Yerevan Zvartnots International Airport is the biggest in the country, and it is growing in number of flights and passengers at a fast pace for the past years.

As well as cultural and historical attractions, there’s much more to enjoy. Try the local delicacies at one of the city’s many restaurants or experience the vibrant nightlife scene. Whatever you want from a city break, you’ll find it here in Yerevan!

Best Areas to stay in Yerevan

The best area to stay in Yerevan depends on what you want from your visit. Tourists will be most at home in the city centre as it’s where pretty much all of the attractions are. In fact, there’s really not that much to see away from there!

However, if you’re looking for an authentic and local experience, you can still explore the suburbs. The city is quite spread out, and districts like Marash and Nork are on a different hill to Kentron and Kond. There’s even a neighbourhood in Yerevan called Bangladesh, because it’s so far away from the centre!

If you are coming for a short stay in Yerevan, the Republic Square is the best reference for a location to explore the city. The area around this square is the most accessible and central of the Armenian capital.

Kentron

Kentron is where you’ll find the most exquisite examples of traditional Armenian churches, monasteries, and historical buildings. Not only that, it’s where you’ll find most of the city’s hotels, hostels, and vacation rentals. Stroll along the wide tree-lined boulevards in this circular district, while admiring the unique and intricate blend of Armenian and neo-classical architecture.

It’s the best place to be in Yerevan both during the day and at night. If you still have energy after exploring the museums and galleries, then why not head for a night out?

Most of Yerevan’s varied and enjoyable nightlife is in this area. Start off by sampling dolma (stuffed vine leaves) in some of the best restaurants in town. Then, head for a classy cocktail before rounding the night off at one of Yerevan’s great clubs. The centre is quite compact, so you should be able to stumble back to your hotel. To stay safe though, we’d recommend a taxi!

Kond

Kond is the oldest part of the city and has more than 400 years of history. It sits upon a hill overlooking the Kentron District, and it’s easy to get between the two neighbourhoods on foot. The most interesting thing about Kond is the architecture. Some of the walls of the Ottoman, Persian, and Muslim houses are actually thicker than the alleyways!

It’s a largely residential area, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to stop off and get a coffee or a glass of wine. Armenians are so friendly that some of the Kond residents will even invite you into their homes! If you want a local and authentic experience, perhaps look at a vacation rental in this area or see if any local families offer hosting!

Budget Accommodation in Yerevan – $

My Hotel Yerevan –  an affordable hotel close to the Yeritasardakan Metro Station.

Reasonably Priced Accommodation in Yerevan – $$

Republica Hotel Yerevan – a modern option with a beautiful decoration close to the Republic Square.

Tufenkian Historic Yerevan Hotel – an high class choice with easy access to the Republic Square.

Luxurious Hotels in Yerevan– $$$

Grand Hotel Yerevan – Small Luxury Hotels of the World – a luxurious option in one of the best areas to stay in the city center.

The Alexander, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Yerevan – a splendid hotel in a very central area of the Armenian capital.

Cost of travelling in Yerevan

When it comes to travelling in Yerevan, budget travellers will be delighted. Although it can be quite expensive actually getting to Armenia, that’s not the case travelling in the country.

Considering capitals are usually the most expensive places to travel, you can enjoy Yerevan for an average price of less than $20 USD per day. Accommodation and meals can be picked up for less than $10 per day per person too. Another great thing is that if you travel away from the capital, it’s super cheap as Armenia is so small!

Best Months to Visit Armenia

Most of Armenia has a cold semi-arid climate, which includes the capital. That means that winters are quite cold, and summers can be extremely hot. For that reason, visiting Yerevan is probably best during autumn and spring. The months of April, June, September and November are ideal for sight-seeing and tourist the country beyond the capital.

Armenia is not a very touristy country, and the tourism seasonality does not affect it heavily. Although the winter months have the lowest influx of tourists, the summer is definitely not packed with tourists. For that reason, prices in Yerevan do not fluctuate as much as they do in most European destinations.

Other Resources to Travel in the Caucasus

If you are planning a trip to Armenia or other countries in the Caucasus you might want to check some of our other guides to the region. Check where to stay in Baku and the best areas to stay in Tbilisi.

Are you in Armenia already? Leave your thoughts or questions in the comment box below.

Daniel Hall

Daniel Hall

I'm Daniel Hall - a traveller, writer, and English teacher. I've visited over 40 countries and love learning new languages. I speak Spanish and Italian and try to do a cooking class everywhere I go!

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