If you want to add a new destination to your travel list, take a look at the ancient city of Yerevan. The capital of the Republic of Armenia was re-designed (during Soviet rule) to resemble Paris, Vienna and Saint Petersburg and dubbed the Pink City, due to its proliferation of rosy-hued stonework. A compact Beaux-Arts style city centre is easily traversable on foot and has much to offer the tourist of today: restaurants, bars, fascinating religious sites and Soviet history. Luxury hotels are a relatively new addition to the city, bringing the adventurous traveller the opportunity to explore this pocket of Armenia in style.
The Alexander, A Luxury Collection Hotel
Local culture is woven into the design of this otherwise internationally influenced establishment. It’s home to the renowned Alexander Spa and Beauty Salon by Anne Semon – where a shimmering aquamarine swimming pool is flanked by square marble pillars – and The Keys Aficionado’s Private Club. Guests can dine indoors or out, looking over the mountains and city at the impressive rooftop Atelier 1797 Penthouse Bar and Grill. Gabriel’s bar is a cocktail night stop, doubling as a coffee stop by day, while Gabriel’s Patisserie serves up mouthwatering sweet treats. The Alexander houses 114 guest rooms, the most prestigious being its Presidential Suite.
Grand Hotel Yerevan
A four-storey terracotta-coloured frontage with stone balconies and double-storey white columns ensure the Grand Hotel lives up to its name. The building itself dates back to 1928 and is centrally located close to the National Gallery. Inside is a more understated grandeur that sits somewhere between modern and classic decor. The staff are attentive; you can make use of the services of a driver, personal shopper and concierge to arrange bespoke tours. In the spa, therapists are on hand to ready the hammam, bring you tea and administer treatments. There’s also a restaurant overlooking the square and a rooftop pool.