We had stayed in Bratislava once before, but on this occasion we were attending a business function that was to be held in the Arcadia, so we decided to stay there.
The first thing that impressed us was the location: tucked away in a quiet, pedestrianised street, yet within two minutes walk of the old town square. Then we entered the beautiful atrium with its stained glass ceiling and marble staircase. It is flooded with light.
We have now stayed there twice and on both occasions we were fortunate to be upgraded to beautiful, spacious suites. Like the other rooms in the building, these all vary because the hotel is in such an old building. This lends great character to the rooms. The first time our bedroom and bathroom were upstairs and we had windows in the sloping roof giving views of the castle, floodlit at night. Downstairs we had a small sitting room and cloakroom. The second time we stayed, we had a downstairs bathroom and a larger sitting room complete with fireplace.
Beds are large and furnishings are comfortable and of superb quality. Bathrooms are luxurious and spotlessly clean. The staff are so friendly, efficient and helpful. They speak excellent English and go out of their way to suggest things that might make your stay more pleasant e.g. one receptionist suggested I might like to take the train to Vienna one day to see the Christmas markets there. She told me the travel time and the price of the train ticket. Others have helped with printing and providing sticky tape when we needed to pack something. This makes it so easy to make the best of your time, whether you are working or on holiday.
The hotel serves excellent food in its restaurant and there are also many superb restaurants only a couple of minutes’ walk away. On both occasions we were fortunate to be there when the Christmas markets were taking place. Much of this is just around the corner in the old town square.
The Thai masseuse did an excellent job of relaxing my back and shoulders after the flight to Bratislava.
It is such a pleasure to stay there and I look forward to returning.
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