Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is ideally located for travellers exploring Central and Eastern Europe – the city is close to both Austria and Hungary. There’s a wealth to explore in Bratislava, with the highlights including the 9th-century Bratislava Castle, the ornate Blue Church and the bustling Old Market Hall. If you’re looking for a base in the city, you’ll find something to suit all budgets and tastes, from vibrant art hostels to magnificent five-star boutique hotels. Read on for a guide to Bratislava’s top accommodation.
Just a few minutes away from Bratislava’s main sights, Marrol’s Boutique Hotel is a five-star hotel in a classic townhouse. Its historical aspect is reflected in its name – Lady Mary Ann Marrol, after whom it is named, was the daughter of a wealthy Scotsman who visited Bratislava in the early 20th century. The rooms combine old-style charm and modern technology – intricate rugs lie alongside flat-screen TVs. The Garden Suite is particularly remarkable for its 50sqm terrace, where guests can appreciate the city’s gorgeous Old Town without even leaving their room.
Feel right at home at this charming hostel, which is located in the very heart of Bratislava – just a stone’s throw away from the castle and the historic city centre. There’s a choice of shared dormitories and private rooms, and all of the spaces feature quirky wall hangings and contemporary furnishings. The rooms have private bathrooms and include free breakfast, plus there’s a communal kitchen to rustle up evening meals. Other perks include free wifi and bike rentals.
When it comes to location, the Art Hotel William scores top marks – it’s accessed through a shopping centre – with many landmarks on the doorstep, including the Old Town Hall and St Martin’s Cathedral. The 19th-century property is home to 40 well-appointed rooms, ranging from singles to suites. The interiors are modern and stylish, with colourful bathrooms adding a splash of eccentricity. There’s free wifi, a breakfast service and discounted entry to a fitness centre across the street. If you’re weary after travelling or sightseeing, in-room massages can also be arranged.
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The four-star Hotel Danubia Gate is ideally located in the Old Town. With just 29 rooms, this property has a cosy and welcoming feel. The interiors are modern and funky with large windows allowing for plenty of natural light, while the upper tier rooms include jacuzzis and balconies. Services include a pillow menu, free wifi and breakfast available for an extra charge. The Street Coffee & Restaurant is a modern eatery serving up traditional fare, with an emphasis on organic and locally sourced produce.
Loft Hotel Bratislava is one of the best value hotel experiences in Bratislava. This four-star hotel is situated less than 10 minutes away from the city’s historical centre and very close to the Presidential Palace – several rooms actually overlook the Palace’s gardens. Every part of the hotel’s design contributes to an urban, hip ambience, with accessories like bookshelves and typewriters giving it a literary edge. The associated pub and brewery, Fabrika, extends the atmosphere for guests enjoying the house beer.
The Roset Hotel & Residence is in Bratislava’s Old Town, mere minutes away from the main attractions. If you’re looking for luxury and outstanding service, this is the place to be. There are 27 rooms in total, including 10 executive suites, 13 deluxe suites, one luxury suite, and three two-floor, apartment-like maisonettes. The Tulip maisonette is particularly impressive, with a fully equipped kitchen, a dining area, a fireplace, two bedrooms and a terrace with terrific views. The atmospheric restaurant serves an all-day menu, and food and drink can also be enjoyed on the communal terrace.
8. Grand Hotel River Park
Independent Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, Spa Hotel, Luxury
Located on the banks of the Danube, the Grand Hotel River Park doesn’t look like much from the outside despite its size – but behind the modern facade hides an incredibly luxurious hotel. Everything is decorated with the utmost care and taste, as the interior design was inspired by 18th-century Habsburg Empress Maria Theresa – whose coronation took place in Bratislava. The hotel also boasts an impressive array of leisure activities including swimming pools, a 1500sqm spa and a fitness centre.
This five-star historic boutique hotel in Bratislava is housed in a 13th-century building in a quiet street of the Old Town. Wonderful remnants of its medieval past include exposed stone walls in some rooms, and painted ceilings and vaulted archways in the foyer. The most luxurious suite, which occupies the top floor, features exposed wood beams and wonderful views of Bratislava Castle. Other fairytale-like spaces in the hotel include the charming Library Bar, the L’Olive restaurant – which is located in the original 13th-century vaults – and the boutique spa, which is a more recent addition but equally as magical.
In a calm residential area, Mama’s Design and Boutique Hotel is an impressively designed and well-priced four-star hotel – perfect for a unique experience away from the bustle of the city centre. With modern design, a selection of pillows and beautiful backlit headboards, the rooms are spacious and luxurious. Guests can unwind in the spa by going for a swim or a massage and further the relaxation with a Pan-Asian meal at the hotel restaurant.
Jonny Blair contributed additional reporting to this article.
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