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“Good Food, Okay Everything Else”
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Three Jugs
Ranked #11 of 124 Yerevan B&B and Inns
Reviewed July 13, 2013

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.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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nkaramya, Owner at Three Jugs, responded to this reviewResponded August 24, 2013

Thanks a lot for your time and feedback - we highly appreciate it! We continuously work on improving the place and meeting the needs of our guests, that's why your reviews are so important for us. And most of all - thanks for visiting us!

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Reviewed May 13, 2013

A perfect location to relax and enjoy everything Armenia has to offer — hospitality, nice weather, breathtaking views, homemade food, countrywide trips, ceramics' and baking courses, and exhaustive expertise of the housekeepers about current events all over the country.

While enjoying Nina's hospitality in the welcoming garden of Three Jugs, don't miss the opportunity to employ her help in sightseeing.

Looking at the map you might consider the Three Jugs to be located far from the swarming center of Yerevan (so did I), but this is just an optical illusion. Actually, it's a 12-15 minutes' drive from both the Cascade and Republic Square. Don't believe the cabbie, if he tells you that the ride should cost 6000 drams, he'll gladly take you there for 2000 ($4,5).

The easiest way to navigate around Armenia on your own is to buy a local SIM-card, straight from the airport, where the MTS dealership is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and offers both nanoSIMs and microSIMs for $2,5 apiece.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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6  Thank Nossik
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nkaramya, Owner at Three Jugs, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2013

Thank you, Anton, for the information you share in the review and your kind attitude! We look forward to seeing your wonderful group again at 3Js - welcome back!

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Reviewed April 26, 2013

As a young couple we stayed in Three Jugs 5 nights in total, and it was an amazing time! The atmosphere created by Nina and Ruzanna, was incredible: warm, kind and relaxed...what we definitely needed in our long journey around Turkey, Georgia and Armenia. We really recommend to spend your holiday here! Just to give you a general idea: the food (breakfast and dinner) was excellent, the room big, clean and with a balcony, the taxi was cheap and arranged by Nina - who also gave us a lot of info about what to visit in Armenia (she is a tourist guide!), the location was perfect, on the hill in Yerevan near the park, where you can have a relaxing walk in the wood. Nina is so kind and generous you wouldn't leave Three Jugs and Yerevan!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Gloria G
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nkaramya, Owner at Three Jugs, responded to this reviewResponded April 28, 2013

Thank you, Gloria, for you nice words! We were absolutely happy to have such attentive and caring guests like you! Hope you can visit Armenia and 3Js again soon - we look forward to that!
With best wishes to you and Bogdan!

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Reviewed September 26, 2012

Definetly the best place we stayed in during our Armenia trip. Everithing is in the right place: large orchard, beaitiful house with extremely interesting interior, intelligent educated owners eager to help and make your stay as comfortable as it gets. The sleep was tight and the breakfast in the morning was just superb. We couldn't just say good by and returned in the middle of the day to spend our last several hours in Armenia in Three Jugs sipping herbal tea, baking lavash, trying ourselves at pottery and of course enjoing conversation with Nina, Rusanna and Ruben.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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3  Thank kirilldu
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nkaramya, Owner at Three Jugs, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2012

We'll be happy to welcome you back - any time! Thank you for your nice words and the warmth of your attitude! Hope to see you again in the future,
with best wishes from Three Jugs

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Reviewed September 16, 2012

Well,when you first step in,you really feel like you are home,with a warm welcome you find yourself in a place where you can not easily leave.The couple,Ruben and Anna,host you,who are so friendly,Anna's cooking also is fantastic.Along those,is Nina who comes in the evenings and such a great help she is,we took her time asking tons of questions and got full answers and tips,though she was so tired.The third is Narine,whom I could not meet,since she was abroad,though we are in touch through e-mail,even in this case,you can easily find out how caring she is about her guests.Anyway,located in the middle of a garden,the building is a 2 story one,living room is down and bedrooms are upstairs.Rooms got a nice balcony with a great view.The room was very neat and tidy,beds were comfortable and clean.Generally,3J is a very good place to stay,do not miss it :)

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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4  Thank Pooyan S
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nkaramya, Owner at Three Jugs, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2012

Thank you for your nice words! Hope you'll be back again!

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Reviewed August 16, 2012

The owner Nina really makes this place. It felt like we were visiting a friend. A really different experience to other places we stayed in Yerevan.
Great to stay if you want to be slightly out of the city for a few days. You will need a taxi to get out and about from Three Jugs.
Internet is avalible if you have your own laptop (dongle key avalible)
Would highly recommend this place for escapism and learning more about Armenia from the owners.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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2  Thank AlinaEagle
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nkaramya, Owner at Three Jugs, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2012

Thank you for staying in 3Js! Hope to see you again!

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Reviewed July 25, 2012

Two couples travelling for three weeks in Armenia without any knowledge of Armenian and Russian language we first considered to book a package tour. Then we discovered 3 Jugs in the internet and got such a warm and welcoming mail in English with a lot of information and support that we decided to spent our first nights there - in the end we spent a whole week at this lovely place on the outskirts of Yerevan , conquering the city and the areas around. After a week on our own with a rented car we returned and went out again and returned till the very last night, when in the middle of the night everyone bid farewell to us.
With all its people it`s a place to stay and a place to get all support you need to discover whatever you like. We felt very comfortable at Three jugs and experienced it more as a family home than a commercail guesthouse.We left as friends,

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Elisabet P
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nkaramya, Owner at Three Jugs, responded to this reviewResponded July 29, 2012

Thank you so much for the review! You've been very special guests for us! We look forward to seeing you again!

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Address: Jrvezh District, 123 | Beginning of H-3 Highway to Garni-Geghard, Yerevan 2227, Armenia
Location: Armenia > Yerevan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 124 B&Bs / Inns in Yerevan
Price Range: $15 - $48 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1 star — Three Jugs 1*
Number of rooms: 5
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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