Holiday Inn is a safe choice if you don't mind feeling like you've seen it before. The location is excellent, next to the river (with the Opera Ballet across the water) with many nearby restaurants and a big (but not so great) shopping mall next door.
The room was comfortable, clean, and the Queen bed was great. Everything worked. But there was no safe in the room (I think many Holiday Inns don't have in-room safes).
The view was pretty spectacular (for Skopje) - I was in 418 which is a corner room with views over the river, the stone bridge, the fortress ramparts, the Mustafa Pasa mosque and, looking the other way, the giant Milennium Cross on Mt Vodno. The view from the upper floors should be even better (there are 9 floors).
There are plenty of restaurants and bars along the river, just steps from the hotel in the direction of the Stone Bridge. It feels very safe and quite "western".
If you are mainly looking for the BEST location, the Stone Bridge Hotel (also supposed to be a 5 star) is unbeatable because it's smack by the Stone Bridge and the main square, but that's only 5-10 minutes walk from the Holiday Inn (at the moment you have to walk through the shopping mall because there is construction quaiside).
There was some street noise, since I was quayside near the restaurants, it did not bother me at all but I think some people more sensitive for noise could have been disturbed.
The hotel breakfast was OK, a fairly big buffet. Lots of local specialities like pickled peppers and stuff, that you may either love to try or feel you want to pass on. It's not the full "English breakfast" but more like "full Balkan breakfast", which I personally thought was fun.
The gym is small with a "max capacity" of 5 people.
Overall I was very happy with the hotel, good location and cool views, lacking a bit in local charm but I did get some spicy peppers for breakfast. It was a bit pricey for what it was (I paid USD 195).
One day was enough to see the main city sights, walking all over the place. The choice of restaurants was big, both by the river next to the hotel and in pedestrianized Macedonia Street 10 minutes from the hotel. The hotel also has room service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Inn Skopje is situated in the heart of the city, next to the most important Government and administrative offices, shopping centres, theatres, museums and cinemas. The hotel is only 25 km far from the international airport Aleksandar Veliki and is most convenient for business as well as for leisure travellers.Holiday Inn Skopje offers 178 comfortable rooms and suites on 9 floors.Each room is equipped with bath, air conditioning system,mini bar,direct telephone line with voice mail system,computer sockets, internet access, satellite and pay TV.One room is specially designed and equipped for disabled persons.Feel the pleasant atmosphere of the restaurant Iris and enjoy the tasty international dishes or try the Macedonian meals and wines at the national restaurant Ogniste .The Aperitif Bar is ideal meeting place offering a variety of domestic and international beverages, coffees and snacks.The Meeting Network Programme has been developed to make your meeting run as smoothly as possible.The hotel has 8 different conference halls with capacity for up to 700 persons,with natural daylight and excellent technical support.The business centre is open 24 hours, offering workstations, printers, fax machine and HS Wirreless internet access After a long business day, you can relax at the Hotel sauna or gym. Or you can try your luck in the magic world of Le Grand Casino! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn - Skopje Hotel Skopje
- Skopje Holiday Inn