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Hotel Arka
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

First of all, I was on a business trip, this was my first night, and I somehow lost the hotel bill. When back and doing my accounts, I noticed it and mailed the hotel, asking for a copy. I received one in the mail within the hour, although it was the morning of a holiday. This kind of client orientation after the stay is not the norm anywhere, and it surely is reason enough for me to recommend the hotel. I would also stay here again when back in Skopje.

Pros:
- great location close to the Ottoman old town (bazaar with nice cafés)
- nice view
- large room (Club level)
- comfortable bed (unfortunately king size means two twins)
- cheap minibar prices
- friendly receptionist at check-in with excellent language skills

Cons:
- 1970s style, tiny bathroom
- unfriendly receptionist at check-out with no language skills (at least not for my range)
- no late checkout permitted although the hotel was very empty
- difficult to reach and steep stairs to get to the reception
- breakfast around the indoor pool means one cannot use the pool for a morning swim

As has been noted, this is an if post-Yugoslav place with quite some comfort very close to the Old Town, and that is the key advantage of the place. Altogether, it was a good stay.

Room Tip: The higher up the better, and best to face the Old Town and citadel.
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled on business
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2  Thank Aethelred
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Reviewed May 13, 2012

The hotel is in the middle of the ancient muslim part of Skopje.The first impression is very bad to the small and crowded street leading to the hotel but the hotel itself is quite nice.
Breakfast is terrible: few frozen pastries cooked in the microwave, cofee products only from a machine and some extra products.
Rooms are quite large and with the original choice of all glass walls for the bathroom.
Sleep was quite bad to the proximity and volume of the muezzin call at 4:30 am: the first night the recording went on for half an hour!
In the end this is not really a 5 star hotel,but resembles an average 3 star hotel.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled on business
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2  Thank Travelean
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Reviewed November 12, 2011

I stayed one night after a conference in Ohrid. The room was ok but the service need still to be trained. We were three people, the only customers in the bar. After getting our first drink we were completely ignored by the waiters who had a great time smoking on the terrace for a very long while.

And about the taxi: be aware that the official price from Arka to the new airport Alexander the Great is 800 dinars / 15 euros. The receptionist booked a taxi for me that charged me 25 euros even though I discussed the price. After a while the taxi driver confessed that he had to give the extra 10 euros to the hotel receptionist.

Macedonian friends, branding a destination is connected to everything you do.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled on business
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7  Thank Alvar002
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Reviewed October 30, 2011

I've stayed at both the Arka and Alexsandar Palace. Both are very nice, with the Arka being perhaps 1/2 to 1 star more overall. The Arka is right in the middle of the old section of Skopje, just a short walk to the stone bridge, fortress, etc. Mosques abound, so be ready for 5 prayers per day, broadcast loudly.

Contrary to others, I had no concerns walking at night in this area. There is very little lighting, and most shops are closed but I'd say this area is no less safe than any other area of Skopje.

The fitness facility of the Arka is small in comparison to Alexsandar Palace, so if that is important to you, this may cause you to stay elsewhere. Arka has just a recumbent bike, treadmill and small universal gym. Also, the Arka restaurant is only open for breakfast and lunch (some days) so you will have to go out for meals - but not to worry. There are many excellent restaurants nearby, including the legendary "Old House." When the Arka does serve meals, they are beyond excellent.

Room Tip: Ask for a "Junior" suite - well worth the small additional cost.
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled on business
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3  Thank BoraxDownEast
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Reviewed September 14, 2011

The Hotel Arka is really well organised, clean and offer valuable services. The staff is ready to solve all your problems and the location is good being very near to downtown and to the covered market. Fantastic breakfasts having a 360 degree look to the city.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled on business
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2  Thank Betto45
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