I guess the very first thing every traveler thinks of after booking his/her ticket is accommodation. There are different types of hotels in Yerevan, with many world-known brands of hotels. But if you want to stop in a cozy place and looking for something fancy but traditional at the same time, you need to find a typical Armenian place. In that case, the Silk Road Hotel is for you. Here, you can feel that you are in Armenia, as everything around you, including decoration and furniture, are not similar to the things you can see in other countries. Besides, the hotel also offers other services about which you can learn below.
The rooms of the Silk Road Hotel are decorated with Armenian rugs and carpets. The location of the hotel is not central, but from there, you can walk to the city center in 10-15 minutes. The atmosphere is very Armenian, and all around you can find traditional hand-made items. I have to say that the rooms look like they were in old Armenian houses, though they are renovated, and modern facilities are placed in each guest-room.
There is a small restaurant in the hotel as well. The menu is very delicious and unique. Traditional food and desserts are offered to the hotel guests as well as to those who just want to have lunch or dinner here. One of the healing drinks offered by the restaurant is very old, the recipe of which is taken from the ancient manuscripts kept in the Matenadaran (a repository of ancient manuscripts), that is, by the way, a must-see site in Armenia.
The hotel has a gift shop where you can buy traditional hand-made souvenirs, rugs, carpets, wines, local natural cosmetics, jewelry and clothing that you may wish to take to your country as a gift or for yourself.
From time to time, there are organized carpet waving classes, which are interesting to attend. There, they also wave carpets from silk (which is not common in Armenia).
There is also a special corner where is placed “tonir”, where traditional Armenian bread lavash is baked. Here, you can wrap home-made cheese or something else in lavash and taste a newly baked bread. It is a very interesting process, and around tonir, you can organize small gatherings and events with your friends.
The Silk Road, a traditional hotel, hosts various events that will make your stay more interesting. Among those events are movie screenings and discussions, folk music evenings, shadow theaters and many other related to different occasions. I am sure your stay in Yerevan will be fun with them.
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