It has been a pleasure to stay in the best hostel in Yerevan while backpacking in Armenia recently. It could well be the first time I’ve stayed in a hostel voted best in the country (as recommended by Hotsel World). So if you ever find yourself in Armenia looking for a hostel, head to the Penthouse Hostel in Yerevan. Here are some of the top things about the Penthouse Hostel.
1. Excellent Staff
The staff in the Penthouse Hostel know their stuff. With Artur and Yana in charge of the hostel, they know Yerevan very well. The staff on reception work around the clock for you, giving you all the information you need to backpack round the city and country. Thanks to Catherine and Mane for all their help too!
2. Free Armenian Breakfast
The breakfast is included in the price and even better is that it’s Armenian style. We’ve had a really nice salad:
And a hot spicy smoked meal which is cooked on the fire then put in the frying pan. The taste was delicious and it’s made of aubergine/eggplant, tomato, pepper and butter. I hadn’t tried anything like this before and it’s great that Penthouse Hostel breaks the mould of normal hostels with boring bread and jam.
And there is also a fried Khachapuri wrap which they gave us for breakfast. Cheese, tomato and it’s crispy.
3. Sunset on the Balcony
The Penthouse Hostel is on the 5th Floor meaning you can watch the sunset on the balcony. I had an ice cold beer doing just that on our first night here. The views to Mount Ararat from the balcony are also stunning. You’ll backpack a long way to find a hostel with a better view.
4. Free Laundry
If you’ve read my countless Tuesday’s Travel Essentials posts, you’ll know how much I love free laundry. Penthouse Hostel has it, and you can even leave your clothes out to dry on the balcony. Always a result!
5. Relaxing Lounge
The lounge at Penthouse Hostel is a great place to relax. Comfy settees and chairs around a table along with a resident acoustic guitar make for just the setting you need on an evening on your travels.
6. Brandy Nights
Perhaps this is a sore point for me as I completely went mental and overdosed on Armenian brandy while in Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh. The owner of the Penthouse House, Artur makes it his duty to allow guests to sample the delights of Armenian Brandy. Yes, the brandy and cognac here is one of the finest in the world. Armenians are proud of it and you’ll enjoy drinking it with your hostel mates. However it’s lethal stuff, so be aware of that. Too much and you’ll be lying on the floor for a day.
7. Free Tea and Coffee
It’s a pet hate of mine for a hostel or hotel not to provide at least free tea and coffee. Luckily the Penthouse Hostel has it 24 hours a day, ideal for doing a bit of travel blogging or relaxing in the lounge.
8. Tours and Drivers
Drivers, tours and all sorts of detailed information on backpacking round Armenia can be found at Penthouse Hostel. They will be able to phone for a driver to take you almost anywhere you wish, including into Nagorno Karabakh.
I’ve a load more posts to come on Armenia so look out for them. If you’re heading to Yerevan, here’s how to find the Penthouse Hostel:
Penthouse Hostel, 5 Koryun Street 33/2
+374 10 564910
(it’s also pretty close to Yeritasardakan metro station)