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Shirak Hotel Yerevan Reviews
Shirak Hotel Mar 25, 2013
This is one amongst several big hotels in Yerevan. And we choose this one since it seemed to have the best location for the price range. The hotel is located within the area you can describe as central Yerevan and right next to the Children’s Park. It’s a pretty tall structure and it is on the one side facing the park and Mount Ararat in the distance. Fortunately it was low season so when we asked for a room with a view they actually accommodated this – apparently without an extra charge. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t all that great so the only time we were able to see Mount Ararat was the afternoon when we arrived – and the sun was straight overhead the mountain – so I decided to wait taking a photo of the mountain for the next morning. Unfortunately next morning was over cast and so were the remaining time at the hotel – hence we never saw the mountain again.
The city is fairly compact so it is easy to walk from the hotel to any sight or restaurant within the city. And it is also fairly close to the marshrutky station if you want to take a daytrip to explore the churches in the nearby cities.
The hotel probably dates back from the Soviet era but the rooms are comfortable and have been renovated to the standards you would expect from a midrange hotel in Western Europe. The beds comfortable and the shower are working plus there is actually a flat screen television in the room. I can’t really remember if we used it or not – so I am not sure if it was working.
The people in reception are generally helpful but their English abilities vary quite a bit from person to person. Hence communication with the receptionist can be a bit challenging. But they do all speak at least Basic English so we got by without any troubles.
Breakfast is included in the room price – it is a buffet breakfast but the buffet is a bit different from what you find in a Western hotel. I suppose it is what will be considered a high quality local breakfast. And we did manage to get something in the stomach. There is also a good restaurant at the hotel which serves local style food for lunch and dinner at reasonable prices.
The reception is in a big room with access to the lift. And if you stay at one of the high floor you generally want a lift to go up. But these lifts are a bit different from the lifts I usually take. They are small and extremely slow – hence at peak hours you have to wait ages for it to come along – so if you go down for breakfast maybe consider the stair instead. And the push bottom system is unique. When you choose your floor you have to push the bottom – which is actually a mechanical bottom so you push it into the panel of the lift. When you arrive at your selected floor the bottom springs back out again with a bit of a high clicking sound. The first time this happened we had a bit of a shock.
The outside of the hotel was under renovation when we arrived so the sidewalk was used for the construction. I suppose they were doing some upgrade of the hotel – which seemed to include a new outdoor restaurant. I guess they tried to finish it for the high season.
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Ugly building from outside but decent room inside Mar 25, 2013
Booked this hotel through booking.com, which cost 60 euro per night for two people inclusive buffet breakfast.
The hotel located right at the city centre, next to the Children’s Park and St. Nikolai Cathedral, and the Yerevan History Museum and the Blue Mosque are a 5-minute walk away. The Republic Square is 500 feet from the hotel. The nearest metro station Zoravar Andranik, is half a mile away, which is easy to find.
The hotel building itself looks very ugly from outside, tall with black glasses structures of soviet style and looks very old.
The reception area itself quite big with one restaurant which serve lunch and dinner.
When we check in, the receptionist speak very little English and very basic, and luckily she finds our booking easily and we get the room straight away. The other reception speak better English but still limited, so when we asked questions it takes a while to get the answer and it is kind of hit and miss, especially when asked for a direction and taxi to rent to explore the areas around Yerevan.
Next to the reception area, is a very small elevator and antique but it is very slow, if you do not have luggage, probably faster to walk the stairs.
Our room is quite big with one big comfortable double bed, desk, chair and spacious bathroom with glass shower (so the floor in the bathroom stay dry) and all amenities working well. It also has refrigerator full with drinks and air condition – which is pointless since the weather was a bit cold when we visit Yerevan. The room itself facing Mt. Ararat, unfortunately the weather was cloudy during our three nights stay so we did not see much of the mountain.
We tried the hotel restaurant on the second day after our day trip to the mountain, as we were tired and hungry and do not want to bother looking for other restaurants outside the hotel, and luckily the food was good with traditional local menu, unfortunately the view from inside the restaurant was not that good as it was facing the parking lot. The service was good and one of the staff actually speaks better English than the hotel reception since we do not understand the menu (even though it was in English language) and she explain it to us. And during our stay in March 2013, the hotel is under renovation to build another café or restaurant right outside the hotel building – probably it is ready by now.
The buffet breakfast is very different from what we usually gets from other hotel in Europe or SEA, it has a lot of cold meats and boil eggs. The breakfast was substantial and interesting (to me anyway). I do not remember which floor the breakfast room was (probably it was on the second floor) as it was different place from the hotel restaurant. The breakfast room has interesting design and stuff animal display on the glass and it was quite big.
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Shirak Hotel Overview
The Shirak Hotel is set in central Yerevan and is within an easy walk from National Gallery of Armenia, Armenian Opera Theater and Blue Mosque. Yerevan's attractions, such as Saint John the Baptist Church, Surb Zoravor Church of Yerevan and St. Paul and Peter Church are within a 10 minute walk.
The Shirak Hotel's neighbourhood is known for its nightlife and you'll be spoilt for choice deciding on the place to go and let loose.
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