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About Armenia

On the southernmost point of the Coffee Axis and far from the madding crowd lies Armenia, the slow-paced capital of Quindio. After being devastated by an earthquake in 1999, much of her city-centre was tragically lost and as such, she doesn't boast many attractions. The city centre appears relatively makeshift in its appearance: the cathedral, for example, was hastily rebuilt using prefab concrete slabs. However, Armenia has a vibrant downtown area, incredible coffee shops and is an ideal starting-point for exploring the pueblos of the nearby area. Since the earthquake, this city has struggled tooth-and-nail to reignite her charm in the eyes of others and our collection of the best places to stay in Armenia will give you a reason to go back again.

Founded in 1889, Armenia is one of the leading lights of Colombia's coffee-country. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011, the "Coffee Axis" produces internationally-renowned coffee and part of Armenia's brilliance lies in this fact: what a western coffee connoisseur considers to be gourmet coffee is sold in downtown cafes as a standard, while still being incredibly cheap. There are coffee shops on just about every street, particularly downtown.

What Not to miss

  • Museums: the Museo del Oro Quimbaya is a small but fine collection of gold artefacts from both the colonial and pre-Colombian eras. There are free guides who take you round and explain the histories of the different civilisations.
  • Gardens: the Parque de la Vida botanical gardens in the city centre is a great place for a picnic. A short bus ride from the city is the Quindio Botanical Gardens, whose butterfly garden is extraordinary and the whole place is alive with birds and rare plants.
  • Pueblos: visit Salento, a nearby pueblo, ideally for a few days. You can tour the local coffee farms or go hiking in the Valle de Cocora.

Not your average tourist hotspot, Armenia is a city abundant in gourmet coffee that makes for an excellent starting-point for exploring the region. We hope that our collection of the best places to stay in Armenia will surprise you.

The best places to stay in Armenia

An authentic country retreat

  • Hacienda Bambusa is a great example of the area’s traditional architecture and offers rustic comfort, not to mention spectacular views over the surrounding green hills. This hotel is particularly popular with couples.

For an apartment or villa

  • Our partner Booking.com has a wide range of villas and apartments.

Travel information

  • The temperature in Armenia stays a pretty consistent 30 degrees year round. To miss the rain though, aim to visit from January to February or June to August.
  • Outside of the city is the El Eden International Airport.
  • If you want to rent a car, contact our partner Rentalcars.

Still undecided?

Best Hotels in Armenia

  • Bio Habitat Hotel Armenia (Circasia) 12 rooms from £110

    This unique eco-hotel is located at the highest point of the Quindío mountains in Colombia. Private suites privilege different aspects of the natural landscape and feature a boutique blend of contemporary furniture, natural accents and industrial details. A stand-out eco hotel.

    Eco break  -  This hotel has been specially designed in harmony with the natural landscape, meaning your holiday won't be costing the earth
    Back to Nature  -  With a breathtaking location in the Quindío mountains, this hotel makes a unique back-to-nature retreat
    Romantic Break  -  Choose a luxury 'habitat' with a private jacuzzi for added indulgence on your next couples' getaway
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Hacienda Bambusa Armenia 8 rooms from £251

    The rustic Hacienda Bambusa, situated in Colombia's coffee triangle, has recently been renovated to accommodate guests and offers spacious accommodation as well as an on site restaurant. Lounge by the pool or head off on action-packed days exploring the area! A superb country retreat.

    Romantic Break  -  Great accommodation, a peaceful atmosphere and beautiful surroundings-what could be better?
    Country Escape  -  Unwind at this rural spot
    Great walks  -  Head off hiking up the nearby mountains and take in the fabulous views or simply stroll through the coffee fields
    Sights nearby  -  A trip into the bustling colonial market town of Salento is an absolute must
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