Mineral Water Spas hotels and hostels
This private accommodation agency can set you up in swanky private apartments.
A classic Soviet frog turned not-quite prince. The foyer and some rooms have been smartly remodelled, but the overpriced standard rooms remain cramped.
Train Station Hotel
There’s little to divert you in Minvody. The train station hotel offers reasonably clean, affordable accommodation.
A friendly, English-speaking Armenian receptionist is just one of many surprises here. Its concrete bulk looks atrocious from the outside, but a peek inside reveals fastidiously cared-for rooms and well-maintained Soviet fixtures.
Spa Hotel Narzan
If you want to experience a real Soviet-style sanatorium, this is your best choice – if only because its central location allows for easy escape to civilisation. It has seen only modest renovations since Soviet times.
The six suites here are exquisitely appointed, especially the bathrooms, which are pimped out with Jacuzzis, fluffy robes and expensive German fixtures. Even with king-sized beds hogging floor space there’s more surface area than you’ll ever need.
Not a pretty place but it’s perfectly located and mercifully cheap. Noise in the courtyard out back can be a problem and the common toilets aren’t pretty, but the singles are downright cosy and even those sans bathrooms have basins.
It has all those little extras that mark out a classy place – the smile of the receptionist, the grand entrance staircase and the readiness of the burly porter to heft two suitcases at a time up three flights of stairs.
This helpful bureau can find you accommodation in any price range.
The Airport Hotel offers reasonably clean, affordable accommodation.
Not only is it stunning value, but also human beings just don’t come nicer than proprietor Galina Nikolayevna, who will likely invite you for dinner and local wine with her family one evening.
A slick hotel reeking of New Russian ostentatiousness, it’s in a football grandstand – but the nonviewing side, so you don’t see any matches for free.