I just spent a couple of days at this lovely hotel in Berovo and I am pleased to say that the good reviews here are in no way exaggerated.
My partner and I had a studio: a large sitting room, a kitchenette, bathroom and bedroom, with a small foyer containing the large wardrobe.
The studio was perfectly clean and tidy, the heating worked during the night (the weather was very warm, so there was no need for heating during the day), the shower had perfect water pressure and the bed was extremely comfortable.
The hotel itself is situated on the side of a mountain on the edge of the town. Parking was free and secure, while the route to the hotel was well sign-posted, so we had no trouble finding it.
As for the food, what can I say? We were virtually the only guests in the hotel as it was off-season, but regardless of that we were supplied with beautifully-made dinners and breakfasts, and the receptionist consulted us on our choices for dinner in advance.
I was also celebrating my birthday - or rather, I was actually trying to avoid celebrating it - and the hotel owner/manager came to my table at breakfast to present me with a small home-made cake with a candle and a rather dinky "kesija" (a sort of rough wool bag-ette thing that is traditional in Macedonia) as a present. A touching idea.
But then Macedonia is famous for its wonderful hospitality, so it was really no surprise that the staff were warm and friendly.
The spa is very small and cosy, with a jacuzzi, sauna and massage table. The physiotherapist who gave us our massages was well-qualified, pleasant and friendly. She also managed to get the knots out of my long-suffering spine, much to my surprise.
All in all I can't wait to get back there for my next weekend break, especially because they were busy doing some off-season improvements to the property and I espied an outside lift being installed - a much needed extra in a building that's so high up off ground level. It was actually a feat of urban mountaineering just to get to the reception area, let alone our studio on the third floor.
Heartily recommended, especially the homemade "slivovica" or plum "rakija" (highly alcoholic spirits, typical of the Balkans), the gorgeous homemade bread and white cheese, and, more than anything else the heavenly Macedonian wines on offer: T'ga za Jug (Sorrow for the South) was a particular favourite, as was the Alexandria Cuvee.
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