Stepanakert hotels and hostels
Private Apartment Contact, Nvard Sogomonyan
If you want a private apartment, contact local journalist Private Apartment Contact, Nvard Sogomonyan who has a small place in the city centre, near the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This fine establishment has shared bathrooms for the single rooms and en suite bathrooms in its double rooms. The Armenian-Australian owner aims to make Antipodeans feel at home and has painted kangaroos onto walls of the hotel.
New, thoroughly modern hotel at the northern edge of town. It has 10 rooms, some with air-con, plus an attached art gallery and one of the better restaurants in town.
Ella & Hamlet Guesthouse
Budget travellers will find a safe haven in this spotless guesthouse. It has five rooms with new furnishings, TV and shared bathroom in a huge villa. There is plenty of privacy and lots of space to spread out.
Has 12 rooms in two buildings, which can be combined into apartments. It’s quite cosy and comfortable with decent beds and big couches, and all the rooms have a balcony. The caretakers speak only Armenian and Russian.
This is certainly not an official YMCA but that is what the sign reads outside the building. To confuse things further the management says the place is actually called Kars Hotel.
The plushest hotel in town, open since 2007, is right on the main square, near the Presidential Palace and Parliament. Amenities include fitness centre, sauna, cable TV (with BBC news) but there is no internet.
Tamara & Ivan Guesthouse
This unsigned guesthouse has two spartan guestrooms in a family house. The rooms are bland and boxy and you share the bathroom with the rest of the family. The hosts request payment upfront for the entire stay. It’s just past YMCA.