This is a generally very nice business hotel, slightly away from the city center, but easily reachable by really cheap taxi service (2.5 eur) or complimentary shuttle bus (which runs only three times a day).
Rooms are relatively small (although I've read in several replies by management to the posts here, that there is an option to upgrade upon arrival, none was offered to me), but very nicely designed, with much larger bathrooms than one would expect from such rooms. My room was on 10th floor and it had very nice views over the city and mountains. It seems that in every room, there are both bathrobe and slippers available, free minibar and free wifi. In the bathroom, there is a large walk in shower, though with a very week water pressure.
One of the best things about the hotel, is it's lovely cafe terrace next to the river.
Hotel seems to be technologically relatively advanced, so there are those "smart" elevators, where you have to select floor before you enter (this is neat, but could feel a bit claustrophobic). also, do not disturb sign button, is not that easy to find.
WARNING: The hotel is imposing some islamic rules. So you will find no alcohol anywhere in the hotel, and this includes beer. The same goes for ham and pork. There is also a dress code enforced throughout the hotel, including lobby and corridors, so forget about shorts in summer (unless you want to change once you leave the hotel).
I would generally not have problems with this, if the hotel would clearly position and market itself properly. Quite contrary, hotel is portraying itself as a modern business hotel. At the same time, Bosnia is multicultural, multi faith, secular country, if the hotel is willing to cater to specific clientele, this is fine, but they should warn the others.
Additionally, among 50+ TV channels available in the hotel, there is not a single one from the other entity of Bosnia and Hercegovina. This is just plain stupid, in a country which is struggling to find its identity as multicultural nation, and is still healing the wounds from the past, such moves are definitely not helping.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Bristol is one of the landmark hotels in Sarajevo and Bosnia & Herzegovina. It is located on Wilson's promenade by the right side of the Miljacka river, 6 km (20 minutes drive) from Sarajevo Airport and 3 km (10 minutes drive) from Bascarsija (old town). Hotel Bristol has total of 186 rooms and suites, ideal for day-to-day business travelers. Every room features: interactive TV, wireless internet, in-room safe, private bar as well as luxurious bathroom. Hotel Bristol will have two innovative restaurants – News and Brasserie and a cafe patisserie – Cafe Bristol. Modern banqueting facilities on the mezzanine floor have 4 multifunctional halls with total of 833 square metres of usable space. The facilities will round up with: business centre, underground parking, indoor pool with fitness centre, steam room, sauna as well as a message room. Hotel Bristol will be the first hotel in Sarajevo, which will be operated by an international hotel chain. ... more less
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