I'd like to visit Bratislava next year while traveling in the region. Does anyone have any information or recommendations for hotels? There are no Marriotts in Bratislava, and even though it's quite close to Vienna, I'd like to stay in Bratislava while visiting the Bratislava sights. How is parking? I am also looking for tour guide as well as dining recommendations. Walking tours are fine, but not bikes or segways. Also, if there are any sightseeing attractions that are often overlooked, but well worth the time, I'd like to hear about those too.
I actually stayed in the Vienna Marriott on points and drove to Bratislava.
All the guide books list Bratislava as a day trip.
If I was paying for the trip, I would stay in Bratislava and take day trips to Vienna which you can drive, take the train, or there is a high speed hydrofoil as well.
After visiting the castle and castle museum, we walked down to the Danube and along the Danube till we got to the hotel zone, and stopped in for a meal. Again, I was checking it out for future trips, where I would stay in Bratislava, and I decieded I like the hotels along the Danube. Several people have complained they felt too far away from the city center, but I don't like the noise and congestion of the city center. So I suspect iits a matter of taste.
I do like the Kempenski, and while I have stayed in this one, I would be inclined to try it as I really enjoyed the Istanbul Kempinski Hotel (prior to marriott having properties there).
Thanks for posting a reply. The hotel you referenced looks very nice. How far would you say it is from the Old Town city center? From what I've researched thus far, it seems to me that one could spend a couple of days in Bratislava and be fairly occupied. In addition to the castle and the castle museum, there is St. Martin's Cathedral, Primatial Palace, Michael's Gate, and the Devin Castle ruins. Also if we would be lucky enough, to see a performance by the Slovakian National Theatre.
I remember walking from the castle, which is by the river.
City Center is off the river, and lots of folks complained about it being too far from the hotel which is why the hotel has added free transport to town with their fleet of BMW & Mercedes cars.
Seems like a real good deal to me.
I would confirm directly with them.
Being there just for the day, visiting only the castle and the museum at the castle, I really didn't get a feel for the city center versus the hotels on the Danube.
I did make a mental note that upon my return, I wanted to stay in one of those hotels on the Danube..
Also, there is a high-speed hydrofoil that goes from Bratislava to right down town Vienna, unlike the slower, older Hydrofoil that goes between Budapest and Vienna and docks outside of Vienna.
· Bratislava-Vienna – newer, high-speed hydrofoil [29 EUD/pp ]
The hotel website does not say anything other than the hotel transporation option.
Trip advisor reviews from Nov 2012 says its 10-15 minute walk along the river or they later found out about, "...the Rolls Royce Phantom (Black Edition - only 25 made we were told) parked outside ready to whisk guests (only once per day, we later learned) into the old town in comfort and style.”
Since having the option to walk or ride would be important, might be best to confirm directly with the hotel.
Until Marriott builds a property there, this is where I would stay, and use the Rolls Royce Phantom to go to the City Center, and the high-speed hydrofoil to go to Vienna, and save alot of money, but live in high style.
Folks are raving about it, have repeat visits and the hotel replies to the Trip Advisor comments individually. These are all good signs of an attentive property.
Yes, those are good signs! I did read about the round trip service in style into the city once/day from the Kempinski. This place really does seem like a treat. Also, the hydrofoil looks like great fun as well. I'll have to make some decisions, since I really want to stay at the Imperial Riding School Renaissance in Vienna as well as in Bratislava. The rates for both hotels are similar in price.
Thanks so much for the helpful links.
I would recommend the "Art Hotel William" in Bratislava, it is in the center of Old Town. http://www.art-hotel-william.sk/en/ you will enjoy the location and the hotel.
The http://www.kempinski.com/en/bratislava/hotel-river-park/overview/ is very nice, newest hotel on the Blue Danue, but it is not 100% in the center of the Old Town and you may miss the charm of the Old Town.
Pluto77, you also need to have their Zlatý Bažant 12% (Golden Pheasant) one of the best beer in the world that's for sure.
Thank you for the recommendation. I would not want to miss the enjoyment and charm of the Old Town. I have sent an inquiry to the hotel for more information. I'll have to consult with my fellow travelers regarding these recommendations, which I appreciate. I'll also keep the beer in mind. I am intrigued!
Other area sights (Czech and Austria) to visit, as posted by newhiltonmembr (thanks, Nhm.)
"And since you are going to be so close to Cesky Krumlov, Melk, St. Gilgen, St. Wolfgang, and Hallstatt.... you need to fit them in your trip, too!!!"
Cesky Krumlov - http://tinyurl.com/a7l3bre
Melk - http://tinyurl.com/apojgq5
St. Gilgen - http://tinyurl.com/bznqomy
St. Wolfgang - http://tinyurl.com/bavoxkt
Hallstatt - http://tinyurl.com/d8llrdm