Avan Dzoraget Hotel ****

It is a real medieval castle by the river.

Located 160 km north of Yerevan, Hotel Avan Dzoraget is on the road to the Georgian capital. Although the main building was built in 2004, the hotel Tufenkian Avan Dzoraget evokes the historic sublimation associated with medieval Armenian castles. The exterior of the hotel is built of basalt stone. The bull statue in the yard, whose legs are covered with pictures of Armenian folk tales, evokes the Armenian culture that penetrates inside the hotel.

Hotel Avan Dzoraget is located on the Debed River, between the wooded hills and rocky slopes of the Caucasus Mountains. Even if you do not go to explore the countryside or nearby villages, monasteries, and monuments of the area, be sure that Avan Dzoraget is blessed with the view and tranquillity of the Debed River, and you will enjoy its hospitality and comfort.

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Avan Dzoraget Restaurant has a bar and lounge. Guests can dine in the opulent atmosphere of the restaurant or on the open terrace overlooking the Debed River. Exceptional Armenian and Georgian cuisine made with fresh local ingredients and regional recipes is served at the restaurant that will make your dining experience more authentic and original.

The Avan Dzoraget hotel has 34 rooms in the main building, including 26 single rooms, 6 suites, 2 presidential suites and 20 rooms in the new building (opened in April 2011) with junior suites, tower suites and elegant duplexes. The spacious lounges and rooms offer an elegant and luxurious stay with a handmade decoration and the best amenities. Besides tables, the bedroom furniture includes iron and basalt desks. Cabinets and cupboards in walnut are covered with wrought iron hand made hangers. Beds have wrought-iron headboards, mattresses, and King Sealy Crown Jewel rugs. The basalt and wood floors of the hotel are adorned with world-famous hand-woven Tufenkian carpets, offering guests comfort and exceptional elegance. The spacious rooms are basalt and have glass-walled shower stalls.

Avan Dzoraget Hotel offers luxurious accommodation and convenient amenities. Along the river Debed, in the beautiful countryside of the Lori region, Avan Dzoraget is the ideal place for meetings with friends, weddings and baptisms, business trips or just for relaxation.

At your disposal, you will have a swimming pool and sauna, fitness centre, billiards, playroom for children, massage room, conference room.

The hotel offers exciting fishing activities while enjoying the sublime nature. Experienced fishermen will guide you and show you various fishing techniques. The hotel offers transfers from the hotel to the fishing spot and back to the hotel.

Avan Dzoraget Restaurant with bar and lounge overlooks the Debed River from an open terrace and features exceptional Armenian and Georgian cuisine made from fresh local ingredients and regional recipes.

Leisure activities also include bow and arrow play and horse riding in the village of Dsegh. Adventure lovers are invited to take part in a 1.5 to 2 hour horseback ride around Dsegh. The hike begins in the village and continues until the small lake called Tiveri located east of the village. You will also have the opportunity to discover the small khachkar-monument (cross-stone) located near the lake and down to the centre of the village.

The hotel also organizes cooking classes. During cooking classes guests learn to cook unique Armenian dishes. Guests will have the privilege of learning how to make an apple pie, dolma with vine leaves or kufta. Participants will later enjoy a delicious dinner with these dishes.

The hotel is located near historical sites, including the monasteries of incredible beauty Sanahin and Haghpat (UNESCO World Heritage Site).