Have stayed at Athurs dozens of times in the last 5-6 years, and it is one of my favorite retreats in Armenia. It is getting quite some mixed reviews, so decided to contribute some perspective from someone with some travel and hotel experience, more than 30 countries, 4 continents.
Location: Arthurs is not in Yerevan but approx. 50 km away, in a foresty mountain area. Guess someone should get the geography straight so as not to confuse travelers who do not know. And it is a gorgeous location, an excellent base for hiking both for seasoned sportsmen and beginners, a very pleasant retreat for a long weekend. It is apparently not suitable for business travelers and may not be convenient as a base to explore the country and benefit from Yerevan nightlife.
Profile: Arthurs is a pretty resort in a pretty area, where you come to relax, enjoy delicious mountain air, do some hiking if you are up to it and have the right shoes and attire, catch up on reading or much wanted sleep. It offers fishing in a nearby pond, riding tours, and has a good playground for children. Beyond that, not much entertainment is advertised hence not to be expected.
Property and rooms: The area is well maintained and very clean. Chalet-type bungaloes, very spacious rooms, great balconies with pretty views. The bungaloes are located on a rather steep hill, with paved paths and stairs connecting them to each other and the main building where the restaurant, bar, reception and indoor pool are located. So be prepared to walk up and down a lot, which is great if you are up to it and may be a problem for people with mobility issues. The rooms are very clean, full of light and air, appointed up to a standard, the beds are comfy, and heating (much needed at an altitude of more than 2000 metres above sea level; it does get chilly, even in summer). Never used their aircon because it is never that hot there and what's the point of going to the mountains and not benefitting from the mountain air? The bathrooms are spacious and clean, reasonably well appointed with very pleasant sandstone tiling, walk-in shower, basic toiletries.
The outdoor pool is not too fancy but nice and clean. The indoor pool is big and very good and becomes a complete treat in winter, when it is nice and very warm inside and there are mountains of snow behind panoramic windows.
The restaurant could indeed benefit from some more character and service, but has never been a complete disappointment for food or service. The breakfast is always generous, with a good choice of dairy and delicious homemade jams, yummy pancakes and the rest, and is a perfect delight when served on the terrace.
The service has always been very accomodating, albeit somewhat slow at times, and always delivers when you ask with a smile.
To sum up, a very good place if you have chosen wisely, in terms of what exactly you want from your hotel.
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- Also Known As:
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