Experience The Grand Hotel Yerevan

By: Christine Soussa

Traveling to Armenia offers visitors a unique experience; it’s a dynamic country with historic landmarks, beautiful untouched landscapes and advancement. This mountainous country on the southeastern edge of Europe provides an inquisitive travelling experience, offering a whirlwind of tradition, culture, splendor, and progress. Armenia is a country where the charm of the old world and the development of the new world melt into one.

The Grand Hotel Yerevan is located in the heart of the country’s capital, on Abovyan Street, next to Republic square. Boutiques and local restaurants line the surrounding streets where travelers can uncover many local treasures. When the walnut doors swing open of the hotel, one will immediately experience the historic beauty and hospitality of Armenia.

This luxurious hotel is the first and only hotel in Yerevan to be recognized by the Small Luxury Hotels of the world. The Grand Hotel Yerevan is one of the first hotels in modern Armenia, as well as the oldest Hotel in Yerevan still operating. It maintains the neoclassical legacy of the initial 1928 building and embraces a progressive feel with its upgraded amenities. Stepping into the hotel, one can immediately feel the soulful spirit of this landmark.

The hotel has a welcoming atmosphere. General Manager Antonio Petrucci shares, “While Armenia is becoming a tourist destination, it remains an unfamiliar country for many people. We want our guests to feel welcome. We want them to have an amazing experience and go tell their friends what a wonderful time they had so they return.”
Here are some memorable things one will experience when visiting The Grand Hotel
Yerevan:

1. Welcoming Multi-lingual Staff:

A wonderful touch is that hotel staff stands in front of the beautiful wooden doors, welcoming guests and answering any questions passersby may have. You will feel like you are somewhere special the moment you walk through the doors. In speaking with the staff, they noted how much they love interacting with guests. Hotel employee Lilit Koshtoyan says, “This job gives me enormous satisfaction as I get to make others feel welcome and happy.” The staff takes pride in ensuring all guests have a positive and memorable experience during their stay.

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2. Exceptionally Impressive Design:

The interiors of this landmark were carefully sourced. Rich in history and grandeur, beautiful art and décor surround. One of my favorite elements is an exposed wall displaying original art from Erebuni, Armenia’s historic capital. For context, Erebuni was founded in 782 BC! To be able to stand in front of such an ancient work of art in a modernized hotel is really special!

Exploring the hotel is like a museum. Beautiful wall paintings and works of art are featured throughout. Even the hallway lights expose art depicting Armenia’s fascinating heritage.

Another significant work of art is showcased in the main rotunda. Here, the largest Armenian handcrafted carpet in the Caucus’ is displayed. This was custom made by Tufenkian exclusively for the property.

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3. Conference Rooms and Event Space:

The property is the perfect place to host any event. From corporate meetings to majestic weddings, the property has plenty of unique space options to accommodate any type of event. Ani Shahbazyan shares, “Each event is so special. I love helping our clients plan everything from conferences to weddings.”

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4. Comfortable Rooms:

 The Grand Hotel Yerevan’s rooms include chic furniture. The hotel has beautiful and spacious rooms, with unbelievably comfortable beds, piles of pillows, and views. After a day of exploring the country, it’s always great to rest and relax in a pleasant, airy room. The property has several room categories from standard single rooms to Senior Presidential rooms. There is a beautiful suite named after the famous William Saroyan as it’s the room he enjoys when he visits.

5. Awesome Restaurant and Bar:

Experience culinary excellence at Rossini Restaurant where traditional Italian and Armenian flavors blend.  Dine inside for a more intimate experience. For a more lively vibe enjoy your meal outside in Charles Aznavour Square. Whatever your preference, experiencing Rossini Restaurant is a must for all who travel to Armenia. In the mood for something small? Visit the Dolce Vital Lounge Bar to savor delicious desserts, cocktails, coffees, teas, snacks and much more.

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6. Luxury Amenities:

Zanzibar Pool – Against the backdrop of gorgeous panoramic views, refresh and relax with as swim in the spectacular and cool roof top pool.

YSpa – Unwind and rejuvenate in the impressive and incredibly luxurious spa where you can indulge in all services from massages to facials. The extraordinary facilities and products culminate with a dedicated, amazing staff to create the ultimate getaway for deep relaxation.

Our visit to the Grand Hotel Yerevan was very special.  We cannot wait to visist again.  If you have stayed at the hotel, please share your experiences in the comments here. If you haven’t stayed at he property, we invite you to experience the splendor of the Grand Hotel Yerevan.

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