We stayed at Three Jugs for a week during the early summer. Based on the glowing reviews, we were a little bit underwhelmed. But overall the experience was good -- it is just a matter of managing your expectations.
The highlight was the food -- certainly unique, and they were very willing to cook all vegetarian food for us.
We primarily had two hostesses while there -- one for the first half of the week, another for the second half. Nobody seemed to actually live there -- they just come through and stay with you for a few days, then hand off the house to the next person. The first spoke almost no English or German. The second spoke some English. Both were super nice and we liked them, but we didn't really have a local source of that much information. So they were able to get us a taxi to town or show us a site that we should go see on the map -- but not really provide more detailed information beyond that. We watched one bread making demonstration, but there didn't seem to be much else going on.
The room we had was nice overall with access to a lovely shared balcony. The bathroom was also shared, but we were mercifully the only guests. The bath had almost no water pressure. Our bed was perhaps the least comfortable bed I've ever slept on except a sofa bed -- really lumpy, almost like sleeping in a tent on the ground outside. So don't go expecting a hotel room. Pretend you'll be sleeping in your Armenian aunt's extra bedroom and you'll be less disappointed.
The location is okay. Taking the taxi to Yerivan is inexpensive and worth it (if the traffic and crazy drivers don't get you, the corrupt police will). Unfortunately, to get to many sites outside of the city, you still have to cross a portion of the city -- there is no road that goes around the city (at least that does not deteriorate into quite literally a 4x4 trail). I had hoped that by being outside of the city, it would make day trips to the various sites easier, but this was not the case.
I still give a very good rating because this is a very good place to stay relative to your other choices in Armenia, particularly if you eat dinner there. You just need to know what to expect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A splendid family house in apricot garden offering B&B facilities, restaurant with authentic Armenian meals, culinary and art master classes, sightseeing tours & other activities. It is on the main route towards iconic attraction sites of Armenia: Garni pagan temple and Geghard monastery complex (UNESCO list), located in a scenic resort area with visible from the house mountain peaks of Aragats, Ara and Ararat. There is a restaurant at site providing catering to tourist groups and B&B guests. Trips/excursions/guide/interpreter services, airport pick-up/drop-off, safe car transportation are available at request. At Three Jugs you can take part at master classes on Art and Culinary: - Playing the Duduk, Miniature painting, Pottery-Ceramics, Drawing on batik; - Lavash and Pakhlava baking, cooking Tolma and Khapama. Three Jugs is an ideal place for campers. We provide full service for campers with their cars, including utilities, breakfast/dinner, laundry, secure parking lot in the garden. We have 2 toilets, running water, barbeque place, patios in the house yard, and more. There are discounts for children under 12 and children under 5 staying for free. We also offer reduced rates for families, groups and long term guests as well as off-season visitors. ... more less
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