To be honest, according to European standards this is not a resort. Another downside is that without your own transport the hotel is rather in the middle of nowhere.
That being said, the hotel is not exactly “at” the lake but the lake is within view and a very short (less than 5 minutes) walking distance. The lake does not offer wide sandy beaches, but it is a safe and clean place to swim and offers a lot of local charm (anything between small fishing boats and Armenian families). It is also easy to find a taxi at the nearby (also 5 minute walking distance) hospital.
And there is a lot to like at Maria Resort. The rooms are spacious and impeccably clean and the large and clean (albeit a tad cold) pool is fantastic. If you are looking for tranquility and/or a family oriented hotel you will get good value for money.
In spite of the language problems (I speak no Armenian and just a few words Russian) the staff would go out of their way to help or accomodate me, even to the extent of driving me to the bus station themselves when my taxi did not show up.
I had a lovely time at this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Maria Resort is situated on the shore of Lake Sevan, less than an hour of driving distance from Yerevan, and just 2 minutes of driving distance from the Sevan Peninsula. ... more less
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