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“decent hotel close to town centre” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Lux
Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Banska Bystrica
Nove Mesto nad Váhom
1 review
“decent hotel close to town centre”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2009

After arrival polite receptionists welcomed us in a professional way... rather dry than warm, but OK.
Food is good, service decent, rooms clean and spacious.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank cirkash
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Korean first
  • Russian first
  • Slovak first
  • Turkish first
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UK
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2008

This is my 2nd stay here ( I am currently in the hotel), purely because I have some work commitments very close by, but the lack of viable alternatives in BB makes this place the only real choice, and I think they know it.

Rooms are reasonable but hard beds, and truly awful pillows, they have to firmness in them at all!

Water pressue is variable from room to room...

TV is tiny (14in), but then there is no english tv channels so useless anyway. I don't think I've ever stayed in a hotel which doesn't have a news channel in English!

This hotel has a lot of faults but the breakfast service is the worst. The staff aren't interested in serving the customers, all they want to do is clear tables and set up for lunch, even at 8:30am.

I have had to sit at an unclean table as half the tables are reserved for lunch at 8:45am! Then go and take cutlery from other tables as the staff can't be bothered to reset the table once they've cleared it, and prefer to stand and talk to each other.

Breakfast should be served till 10am. I arrived one morning at 9am and it had been cleared away, and the lack of english among the staff rendered a complaint pointless.

Thankfully I'm leaving in the next couple of days and hopefully never returning.

The only positives, the Internet connection in business rooms is good and a total lifesaver!

  • Liked — Internet connection in rooms
  • Disliked — Breakfast quality and service. Bed Linen. The hotel is so hot all of the time!
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
3 Thank UkR_b
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2008

Stayed one night during a tour of Europe. We booked the Economy Double (perhaps some of the other reviewers took the more expensive rooms) - it was very grim. Metal window frames with paint peeling off. We were on the 10th floor and the balcony had a definite 'sag' and felt unsafe. Note in our room told us to lock ourselves in at night - which we found rather scary. To be fair, staff were pleasant and helpful. Breakfast one of the worst we experienced on a three week tour (bread rolls dry, jam watery and almost tasteless). Really rather grim compared to gorgeous photos on their website.

  • Liked — View over park/memorial
  • Disliked — Dire room and poor breakfast
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
2 Thank Steve G
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Hampshire
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331 reviews
126 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2008

Good hotel to find if you're travelling by car, it's tall, it has it's name on top and is easily accessible from the main roads. It has it's own car park with an attendant.

The room was big and the bed was just about OK. The mini bar fridge didn't work - but there wasn't much in it anyway.

Very noisy from other guests one night (large party of schoolkids) but very quiet the next night.

Staff a bit off-hand, but polite

Good breakfast

The main square is a 5 minutes walk, if you walk fast , and it's well worth the trip. You do need to climb about 70 steps up to the SNP memorial on the way, then cross the park and up a steepish (but short) street to reach the square.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Only 1 lift for 15 floors
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank LoneBrit
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LONDON
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2006

We stayed 6 days in Hotel Lux and would love to stay again because of friendly staff, good breakfast and room service.Apart from room furnutires everything was good and enjoyed it.The hotel is not expensive at all hope it will remain the same prices all year around.

Helpful?
Thank banskabystrica
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Pittsburgh, PA
Level Contributor
17 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2006

The Hotel Lux looks like a communist era building, with little landscaping and few amenities in Banska Bystrica (BB). It is an easy 500 m walk from the bus station, if you arrive in BB by bus. As with other central europe locations, it does not have air conditioning. Check in was pleasant and fast, the clerks spoke excellent English. Our rooms (3 doubles) were on the 12th floor facing the old town and the 1945 Uprising memorial--it was a lovely view! The carpeting in the rooms is from the 70's but the rest of the room was fine--furnished in Danish style and the beds were clean and comfortable. The balcony was nice to walk out on to watch the sunset. The bathroom was small but adequate, with a handheld shower. A single small (and I mean small) piece of soap was the only tolietry amentity in the room. Towels were the quality of a Motel 6. Overall, the room was clean, safe and relatively comfortable, with dated furnishings and lack of amenities we noted in other hotels in central Europe. Try to get a Slovak friend or relative to make the reservation if you can--it cost us 1329skk per room per night ($50) instead of the 70 euros it would have if we had made the reservations ourselves or through a travel agent. Banska Bystrica was lovely, we spend two days there and next time will try to spend more time in the area. Go to Slovakia before they adopt the Euro! It's very inexpensive!

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
5 Thank mountaineermom
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Property: Hotel Lux
Address: Namestie slobody 2, Banska Bystrica 974 01, Slovakia
Location: Slovakia > Banska Bystrica Region > Banska Bystrica
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Banska Bystrica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Lux 3*
Number of rooms: 120
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