As part of a motorcoach tour group, my husband and I stayed in the Holiday Inn Hotel in Sarajevo. I had read the reviews but thought it couldn't be as bad as the reviews said. Well, it was, if not worse. The first glimpse of the hotel was that of overgrown flower beds full of weeds and trash. Next, there was the fountain which was also full of trash. The hotel is across from the national museum which is closed due to lack of funding and appears to be in an older part of the city.
The interior of the hotel is tired and old and not so very clean. There were old chairs left over from the Winter Olympics in '84 which I don't believe had been reuphostered since then. Overhead in the atrium area was a sculpture of either wood or resin which had about 2 inches of dust on it. The tv in our room had a remote which had seen it's prime and which only worked part of the time. The hair dryer was a joke. It was one of the type used more in Europe than the US. It was a box on the wall with a long coiled wire (covered by plastic) which went to a wand on the end. The problem was that the wire coil which was supposed to have plastic to carry the hot air to the end had no plastic so it was useless. Someone in our group asked for tissues and the front desk said they had none. There was a man's valet in the room to hold clothing but it was broken and only served to take up room. Supposedly, the reason for using this hotel was that it was located close to sightseeing spots but the armed guard in the lobby nipped that in the bud. Perhaps he was guarding the broken ATM but I felt a little uneasy. There had evidently been a leak in the plumbing in the round bar and they had stuffed dirty towels around the counter to contain the water. Looked like they had been there quite a while.
The breakfast provided by the hotel was fine as was the dinner that night but most of the 30 some folks on our tour were glad to get out of there. Would I recommend it to my clients (I'm a travel agent,) absolutely not.
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