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We tend to think of Kempinski hotels as historic properties but this one is a departure from the norm – a brand new build in a new development – the River Park, on the bank of the Danube, under Bratislava Castle and within walking distance of the Old Town.
This week's cover story in the UK Times travel section featured a trip to oft-overlooked (but we rather love it) Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Apart from being full of the sights and wonders of Bratislava, it includes a great hotel tip too: Hotel Marrol's. It comes up second on the TripAdvisor list of Bratislava hotels and it sounds like there's good reason for it:
Marrol's, our centrally located, small hotel, was a few minutes' walk from everywhere we wanted to visit. Named after Mary Ann Marrol, a doughty Scottish traveller who stayed in the house at the turn of the 20th century, the hotel also won our hearts for its helpful staff and elegance. The welcoming lobby was like a private drawing room with vases of fresh lilies on mantel shelves and sofas round the log fire.
If that's not enough, previous guests report that it has a free (yes FREE!) minibar, superbly attentive staff and an excellent location. It also has a fitness center that's free to guests (not always a standard feature in Bratislavan hotels) and it's been named "best hotel in Slovakia" by the Trend magazine two years running. Average rates are $215 a night for a four-star hotel; it's not super cheap considering other everyday costs in Bratislava, but even those are rising, making Marrol's not a bad deal.
Slovakia's capital city, Bratislava, is becoming increasingly popular with tourists who've realised it's just an hour from Vienna, and a good alternative to busy-busy Prague. Our tip for the hotel with the best location is the Hotel Danube which, as the name suggests, is set on the edge of the mighty river itself (there's a road and a tramline between the hotel and the river, but the views are still perfect) and also at the beginning of the Old Town. With a tram stop right outside and a good half of Bratislava's attractions right at the doorstep, you couldn't find a better place unless you set up your own tent outside the National Theater.
It is now managed by a French company, the Meydan Hotel chain, and service and facilities have been continually upgraded in the last decade or so. In fact, the service is so great that the website claims:
We are not only hotel for you...we are HERE for you.
They also claim to be multilingual, but didn't mention whether that meant the staff have good grammar or not. Slovak English aside, there aren't too many complaints to be made about Hotel Danube, and recent guest reviews all sound very satisfied. Our main gripe is that to use the relatively small pool or fitness center, despite having a great view over Bratislava Castle, even guests have to pay an additional fee. And although prices are steadily rising in Slovakia--and will no doubt continue to do so as the date for introduction of the Euro currency approaches--having the standard nightly rate starting at 139 Euro ($185) is still pretty high compared to the average costs you'll find in Bratislava.