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“Lively and Laid Back” 5 of 5 stars
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Art-Hostel
Ante Hadzimitkov 5, Skopje 1000, Republic of Macedonia   |  
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Ranked #16 of 37 Specialty Lodging in Skopje
Osaka, Japan
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32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Lively and Laid Back”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

I arrived at 5am. in the morning here, and the friendly but tired woman happily checked me in at no extra charge, which is the best early check in I've ever had.

I stayed a couple of days and it was really nice. Very cosmopolitan guests, full age ranges and from all over. Sometimes it would be local youngsters who'd sit and informally play a bit of music.

The breakfast was free and as much as you liked. Plus you could self cater. There was always someone around to sit and talk to. I ended up coming back here and staying for more than two weeks. Definitely recommend it.

Room Tip: There are two singles, one downstairs, on upstairs, the upstairs one is a bit nicer, plus it had a h...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Barcelona, Spain
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

Staff is real nice, but it cannot compensate the state of the facilities. Furniture is old, there only one shower and all the (common) rooms could use a facelift. At least there is wifi. For a short stay it is ok.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

We stayed here for a couple of nights in May 2012. Its a quirky place set down a back street not far from the bus station or the city centre. We were out of season so it was nice and quiet - had a dorm to ourself and met a couple of american travellers over breakfast.

The girls who ran the place were pleasant and helpful. The place does only have one toilet and shower so I can imagine it gets a bit much if the place is full. The building is a bit ramshackle - some windows were broken and not the safest of places - no lockers or locks although staff assured us there is always someone on reception! They have tried to make it quirky by painting the walls with murals and putting up some posters including Benny Hill and Chuck Norris! All in all a bit like a students apartment.

We are pretty easygoing and have stayed in worse places - as a place to get a nights sleep in a city it was fine - wouldnt really stay longer than a few nights though. It is cheap enough and a good base to explore the city from and get your bus or train for onward journeys.

Room Tip: All the dorms seemed a reasonable size - be warned there is only one toilet and shower in the whole...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012 via mobile

I cannot recommend this hostel to anyone. It's dirty, doors have crappy locks, only one toilet and one shower for everyone, no airco, etc. Go next door to the Iguana hostel which is much better for the same price.

I am a frequent backpacker and have been to many different low budget hostels and I dont mind to sleep in bad conditions. This however was too bad for an unfair price. It's seems like it used to be one of the many abandoned communist buildings in that area, but then renovated by only painting the walls. And now it uses every little space for accommodation and not much seems to be spend to make it a pleasant stay for the guest. My room was on ground floor, but the windows didnt have a lock so anyone could basically enter it from the outside. A worrying detail is that money was stolen that day from guests and the reception... Some unfortunate observations: 1 - The sheets didnt look clean and were too small for the dirty matrass, 2 - the room was boiling (no airco) and 3 - it was extremely noisy (even the silent conversations of other guests came straight through the walls). A room with only one of these 3 characteristics would be no problem for me, but the combination of it is not pleasant for anyone. Add to this that you have to share with everyone (my estimation is 15 people) only one bathroom. The few times i needed to be there i had to wait next to the toilet for my turn. And the fact that they dont sell any drinks or offer a breakfast (or at least i wasnt told there was one) were the least of the problems i had with this hostel.

Out of curiousity i checked the Iguana hostel next door. This hostel is the opposite of the Art hostel! And the price is the same (around € 13 per person). If i wouldnt have felt bad towards the art hostel that reserved the bed especially for me, i would have immediately switched Art for Iguana.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Paris, France
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

It's located around 50 meters from the popular Shanti Hostel, and a lot of people end up here when Shanti is full. I was positively surprised. Factilities are good (except the fact that there is only one shower and one toilet), breakfast is included in the price (the cheapest beds are 8 euros) and the staff's very helpful. It is located very close to the main railway and bus station, and a 10-15 -minute walk from the old bridge in the city center.

It also has a little "terrace" outside where you can sit in the evening and in the morning when the heat makes life indoors unbearable. I liked it. Its small size ensures that you'll meet people and the proximity to the railway station makes it ideal for people travelling through the region.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Saint Joseph, Michigan
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

This hostel is tucked away in Skopje, but is not too far from the main attractions. However in order to get the hostel you have to walk down some back allies, not a great in the dark as the ally is not lit. The hostel is on the small side with only one toilet and shower.

Also, I'm an early riser and could not access the kitchen/common area because the host slept in there.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Shelby, North Carolina
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106 reviews 106 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

This was a little hard to find from the directions given. It is on a back street but it it is close to a huge Vero mall and easy walking distance from the bus station. Breakfast was late but OK if you wait for it. Staff was helpful and friendly. The price was excellent!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ante Hadzimitkov 5, Skopje 1000, Republic of Macedonia
Location: Republic of Macedonia > Skopje Region > Skopje
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 37 Specialty Lodging in Skopje
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A hostel suited for every taste and every pocket. With a friendly, positive atmosphere and unique artistic style, Art-Hostel will guarantee you a pleasant and unforgettable experience during your stay in Skopje. The location is just perfect, in the heart of the city, in a quiet, relaxing neighborhood, just by the river of Vardar, just 5 walk to the City Square, and 5 min. to the Central Bus and Train Station. ... more   less 
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