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Boasting accommodations with a balcony, ARMBEE Honey Farm is located in Alaverdi. This chalet features free private parking, a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi. The hosts were so very friendly; they made us feel at home. We even got a tour of the garden and sampled their many nuts/fruits they grow on site. They have a very unique business model and care very much about the environment and local eco-system. Great people, great food and great experience. You won’t get anything better than this on your trip!
Mini House in Alaverdi has a bar and a shared lounge. Among the facilities at this property are a shared kitchen and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Owner is so lovely and nice. It is a lot more than a hostel. It is not in Alaverdi proper, but Sanahin. One can take bus no.3 from Alaverdi bus station to here.
Parisis B&B in Alaverdi offers accommodations in the center of Alaverdi, close to main sights of the city. Guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. We got the whole apartment for 6 of us. There were 3 rooms with 2 beds in each. The place was very clean and we a had an amazing view from the balcony. The hosts are great. We were very grateful for their hospitality and help. The nice lady host brought us some cakes and coffee in the morning and we had a breakfast with a nice mountain view from our balcony. I would definitely recommend everyone to stay here!
With garden views, ApartHotel in Alaverdi is located in Alaverdi and has a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk, bar, garden, barbecue and terrace. Firstly, the owner was really nice and friendly - he not only provided us with some travelling tips, but also gave us some local fruit to try :) Secondly, the room is comfortable and the hotel has everything, we even did our laundry for free. Thirdly, it has a parking lot, which is good for people having cars.
Set among the Caucasus Mountains, this hotel is located in the village of Haghpat in the north of Armenia. Free Wi-Fi and an outdoor swimming pool are featured at Gayane Hotel. Staff was wonderful and helpful. Food is delicious and abundant. You wake up in the morning and you have this wonderful view over Debed canyon. Peace and clean air. Breakfast is again wonderful. You eat outside. Room are nice. Thank you for the wonderful stay.
Facing the beachfront in Alaverdi, Family Guest House has a shared lounge and a garden. With barbecue facilities, the property also features a terrace. Free WiFi and a shared kitchen are available. Location right by the river is amazing! The balcony makes it really special. The place is spacious and nicely furnished. We really appreciated the board of tables (traditional board game). The couple who own this place is hospitable and friendly.
Boasting an outdoor pool, STATION in Alaverdi features accommodations with free WiFi and free private parking for guests who drive. Davit and his mother the owner was amazing, very helpful, very kind, with a perfect English and he had an answer for everything we asked. it's also possible to go hiking in the mountains with him, who is an official guide (check fb page "apricot walks"). See you next time!!
Alaverdi is a small town, and there are few places to stay or eat. We stayed at Iris Guesthouse, which we highly recommend! There are a number of UNESCO World heritage-listed monasteries close by, but even for a history buff like me they appear very similar. Instead, I would recommend spending more time on hikes in the erea. The surroundings are simply breathtaking. And have a stroll around the dilapidated soviet-era industry. It's not a pretty sight, but very enlightening if you normally live in a polished western country.
This is a Soviet-era mining town. Large, grungy, half-deserted factory, belching smokestack, lots of ugly Soviet buildings. BUT this is worth seeing! You get a better idea of the pre-1992 era by seeing this factory town. It may be terribly ugly, but it is of a memorable, enlightening and very interesting and worth seeing type of ugliness. Also Aliverdi is a great base to see the spectacular Debed Canyon, Sanahin/Haghpat monateriies and an ancient bridge. Most Armenian monasteries are very difficult to reach by public transport, but these ones are easy! Bus 3 to Sanahin, and Haghpat buses have English routing signs. You can easily do both places in a day. I would strongly recommend that travelers visit Aliverdi.
The Alaverdi area is fascinating of course - amazing landscape and historical buildings. I realised Alavardi itself was Industrial and enjoyed the lovely people I met (shown round the town), going into the new church ( most beautiful sung Liturgy I have ever heard ) on Sunday morning. The whole industrial feel and vistas made the trip even more interesting - to understand what it's like to be there now.
The area is beautiful, the town itself is pretty horrible but it's got a few shops, two banks, a place to exchange money with decent exchange rates (of course worse than Yerevan). The transportation system is random, number 63 goes whenever it pleases, 03 is quite easy to catch. One of the marhsrutkas to Yerevan is around 11 (11:30 on the day when we travelled, was supposed to leave at 11). Cable car did not operate when we wanted to use it, even though we were told it should. Locals might think you're insane cos you are visiting their town but they are pretty nice. Don't believe the taxi drivers who tend to inform you that marshrutkas don't exist/operate and that you need to travel with them. Also, stray dogs might be a bit of a problem, most of them are afraid of people but we met one fierce creature and had to walk in the other direction cos we didn't want to get bitten by a flea infested, sick Caucasian beast. I don't think there are many places to eat, we saw two restaurants and they were closed. Plus, we are vegetarians so Armenian cuisine is pretty challenging for us, we chose to cook our own food. The town is quite compact, you can walk in 10-20 minutes wherever you might need. Overall, not a bad stop on a way to/from Georgia if you have enough time, because of the nearby monasteries, not Alaverdi itself. I haven't been to other places in the area, so I can't compare it with e.g. Vanadzor. On the other hand, if you have your own driver, you can visit the monasteries, have a look at the town and leave, in 2-3 hours.
The city itself is not special, but the surrounding mountains are very nice. Moreover, just out of the city it is possible to find two UNESCO sites, namely the two monasteries of Sanahin and Haghbat. Worthwhile to go.
It's the centre of an unlikely tourist attraction - the Debed Canyon, a deep gorge which combines rugged scenery (plus some beautiful pastures on the plateau above) with relics of Soviet industry. That's a mix of dereliction and continuing pollution, but it is fascinating to see factories sprawling up the mountainside where copper has been mined, and smelted, for millennia. The canyon also houses two monasteries which are World Heritage sites. (A third, Akhtala, is a fortified complex with superb frescoes.) And do catch the Mikoyan Brothers Museum - two sons of an illiterate carpenter, one who became the longest serving member of the Soviet politburo (one of the few to survive Stalin), and the other an aeronautical engineer who put the Mi in MiG jet fighters. You may even get shown round by the director, a member of the Mikoyan family.