Throughout Armenia, you may discover charming bed and breakfasts that will offer you a real flavor of Armenian culture. If you do not speak Armenian or Russian, the language barrier will be considerable in the rural regions of Armenia, but if you have a phrase dictionary with you, you should have no problem since people are patient. If you don’t know any Armenians, one way to see the real Armenia, away from the Westernized hotels and “Armenian branded” hotels, is to locate a trustworthy travel agency established in Armenia.
There are a few hostels in Yerevan. Outside of Yerevan, there are a few major recreational locations with extremely affordable lodgings, although you will have to forego certain comforts. Some hotels on Lake Sevan and in Northern Lori Marz are on the upper end (50 kilometers from the Georgian border). You will not be disappointed here, but you will have to pay Western rates for your lodgings. There are a variety of villas and motels located around Lake Sevan. Prices start at $10 per day for a cabin with electricity and within walking distance of Lake Sevan. Because of its closeness to Yerevan, the city of Sevan is the most popular location on Lake Sevan, but the history, culture, and non-Western feel of the lodgings alter as you go south on Lake Sevan.
Tavush Marz is a fantastic summer destination. Dilijan and Ijevan are lovely places to base yourself in, with day excursions to the numerous old churches that dot this isolated area. The prices are extremely cheap, and Dilijan is well-known for its Soviet-era sanatoriums. Expect no hot water at all hours of the day, but for around $20 per day, you may get a beautiful room that can house a family, including meals. Spend an additional $20 to rent a vehicle for the day and explore the nearby historical places.
Lori Marz, after Vayots Dzor, is the most beautiful area. It contains numerous health resort places, such as Stepanavan and Dendropark (Sojut), which are located near the hamlet of Gyulagarak. Lori is known as the Armenian Switzerland. It is home to a plethora of churches, monasteries, historic bridges, and monuments. The Stepanavan region is ideal for trekking, sampling fresh dairy products, and so on. Stepanavan, Odzun, Tumanian, and other nearby towns have small hotels and B&Bs.
Tsaghkadzor is a popular winter destination. It has several beautiful hotels and is popular all year. Check with a travel agent to get the best price based on the activity you want to do. Jermuk, made famous by the bottled water of the same name, is a lovely getaway, but you’ll have to leave your western expectations at home.