Wandering around Skopje late in the day and (having planned poorly) hoping to stumble across an affordable and pleasant hotel, we saw the sign for Hotel Super 8 in the distance and made our way there through the somewhat chaotic traffic outside. We couldn't believe our luck. We only stayed two nights but we would have been happy to stay there for months.
First of all, the hotel is very well placed. There were very few hotels I could see that were so close to the main city square, within easy walking distance across the Stone Bridge, and easy walking distance of the Old Bazaar as well. A good base for shops and restaurants/cafes and also a lot of Skopje's sites, depending on how much you want to walk. (When we travelled the city was still in the midst of the Skopje 2014 construction plans, so getting around involved skirting a lot of work sites, but hopefully this will clear up soon). There was also a restaurant situated right next to the hotel, Shkupi, which is convenient and where we had decent coffee and people watched in the evening.
The rooms were very prettily decorated and had good quality furniture. We stayed in standard rooms (a triple bed, and a double + single bed), depending on what you expect from a hotel, you might find the rooms cosy but they are a perfectly adequate size for a tourist who wants comfort and who will be spending most of the day out and about anyway. Larger and better appointed rooms seemed to be available. The rooms had balconies, but rooms at the back of the building didn't have a view of anything, rooms at the front would get a great view of Kale Fortress. Also, there was a convenient wifi hotspot just outside the hotel, which you could get from rooms at the front of the building or sitting outside the restaurant downstairs.
Beds were comfortable, TV reception not great but I don't know whether that was the hotel's fault, and one of the rooms came with a fridge. The bathroom was good, although the shower in one room could have used a screen rather than a shower curtain. What was most important was that everything was impeccably clean and the rooms were cleaned again while we were out and everything tidied. The little touches were appreciated, such as the mini sewing kit for emergency repairs, a little shoe polisher and a strange object in the bathroom that turned out to contain a toothbrush, in case you forgot yours.
Breakfast (included) was served on the top floor (elevator or stairs) in a sort of attic space with skylights and a big window with a great view of the city, which was light and very pleasant first thing in the morning. The breakfast buffet was lovely, with a fair choice of sliced meats & cheeses, scrambled and boiled eggs, fruits, muesli, yoghurt, bread & toast, cakes, juice, a good selection of teas (although, if you prefer your tea with milk, bring your own teabags with you when you come to the country or you won't find any), and a nifty Nescafe coffee machine with a variety of options. As we were eating, one of the ladies staffing the buffet came around to every table to offer us a chocolate-covered baklava which I will dream about for years to come. As we were leaving, she wrapped up several of these desserts in tinfoil and pressed them into our hands, and also insisted we take essentially a bunch of bananas with us. The second morning, she insisted we take muffin bars with us.
This brings me to one of the best reasons to stay at the hotel, which was the welcoming atmosphere and the friendliness of the staff. The young man at reception when we booked in was very polite, as we sorted out what configuration of beds and rooms our party needed. He also spoke several languages, including very good English, so foreign travellers will be able to manage fine. The hotel just felt like somewhere you wanted to stay and were happy to get back to after a long day touring and shopping.
We had a really lovely stay and definitely recommend this hotel to anyone.
Rooms at the front may cost more, but you get a good view of Kale Fortress. Rooms on the other side...
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