A visit to Armenia has been on my list for quite some time, and this year I’m proud to say I finally made my dream a reality! I flew from Sharjah International Airport in the United Arab Emirates with AirArabia which you can read about in a separate article here. I landed at Yerevan’s Zvartnots International Airport and quickly made my way through immigration. Before arriving I did my research and found there were taxi apps similar to Uber known as GG and Yandex. I ended up using Yandex and made it from the airport to the Tufenkian Historic Yerevan Hotel in about 25 minutes for just $3 USD.
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Although Tufenkian Historic Yerevan Hotel looks like a historic building, it was actually built fairly recently, so it had all the modern amenities. Upon arrival I was quickly checked in and then headed up to the fifth floor to see my room. Upon opening the door, I was immediately drawn to the window which opened to a beautiful street and park view with lots of trees. The weather was just perfect when I was visiting in early September. The room mixed some dare I say medieval styling with modern. There was lots of space, a sizable closet, and a kettle with instant coffee and tea.
Inside of the bathroom there was a single sink vanity, shower stall, and locally sourced toiletries. Simple and straightforward. A plus was that this shower could really kick out some hot water at super high pressure! I nearly blasted myself out of the bathroom.
On the second floor of the Tufenkian Historic Yerevan Hotel is the rooftop pool. The pool area has a gorgeous design! At one end there is flower wall. It’s possible to order food and eat next to the pool as well. All in all, a great atmosphere for relaxation!
During my stay I was able to have several breakfasts and dinners at their Kharpert Restaurant, which offers age-old Western and Eastern Armenian cuisine. The breakfast was in a buffet format and focused on local dishes with both cold and hot options.
Something new I got to try was Armenian coffee! This has similarities to Turkish and Arabic coffee but still it’s own beast. If you need a kick, it’s a must try as it’s very strong!
Throughout the stay, I sampled a huge amount of Armenian food and was pleasantly surprised with everything I tried! Seriously, trying new flavors is what gets me super excited! Everything was very tasty. Kharpert Restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating. I personally preferred to enjoy the lovely weather by sitting outdoor. Some of my favorite items were the mint and thyme tea, Draggett Belgian Triple Beer, stuffed eggplant, local pickles, trout sashimi, sou beoreg which is basically a cheese lasagna, zucchini patties, and manti which is a stuffed pasta. Similar to my experience in Eastern Europe, Armenia has a service style that is a bit different than other cultures of the world. Sometimes it can feel a bit colder than others. I came expecting this so it was not a shock to the system. That being said, I did manage to get a few smiles throughout my visits to the Kharpert Restaurant!
The Tufenkian Historic Yerevan Hotel has a delightful offering in the heart of Yerevan, Armenia. Some of my favorite features of the property were the food, fantastic location in the city center, and rooftop pool. The hotel does not have a gym, but I walked so much during my stay that I really didn’t need one (I averaged 10,000-15,000 steps a day!) At times the service can feel a bit colder but this is the culture. All in all, I enjoyed my experience at the Tufenkian Historic Yerevan Hotel in Armenia!
48 Hanrapetutyan Street, Yerevan, Armenia 0010
Phone: +374 60 501 030